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Space Fantasy: The Ride Reopens After 13 Month Closure at Universal Studios Japan

By far one of Universal’s most unique attractions at any park is Space Fantasy: The Ride, an indoor coaster at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. With the conclusion of Cool Japan 2022 overlay in July, the vanilla version of the attraction has quietly returned once again as of this morning!

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Space Fantasy: The Ride quietly reopened today for the first time since August 29, 2021, bringing Solar Princess Cosmia and the Sun Fairies back to the park. For those unaware, Space Fantasy is a completely original story-based attraction not tied to an IP, virtually unheard of at Universal. On the indoor coaster, guests go on an adventure to reignite the sun before it goes out forever, threatening the lives of the Sun Fairies and the people of the solar system. The coaster sits on a spinning base, which allows for both controlled and gravity-based spinning as it twists and turns through the approximately three-minute ride.

The attraction is often overlaid with a special preshow and VR goggles for the annual Cool Japan event or to promote other Japanese properties. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen overlays for “Doraemon”, “Demon Slayer”, and “Attack on Titan” take over, with the vanilla attraction last playing from mid-January to the end of August 2021.

Based on typical trends, Space Fantasy: The Ride will remain open through the New Year, shortly after which it will be overlaid into something based on a Japanese anime or game for Cool Japan 2023, which is likely to take place from January through July or August 2023.

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If you want to experience the attraction for yourself, we took a full video of the preshow, queue, and ride itself (both forwards and backwards) which you can watch on our YouTube channel.

Are you excited to see the return of Space Fantasy: The Ride? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. In some ways, this does remind me of Cosmic Rewind, but was probably a fraction of the cost to build (and fraction of the time too, I’m sure). Longer too. Pretty cool!

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