The current version of Space Mountain at Tokyo Disneyland will close permanently on July 31, 2024, at the end of a months-long celebration of the attraction called “Celebrating Space Mountain: The Final Ignition!” The new Space Mountain will open in 2027.
Celebrating Space Mountain: The Final Ignition!
“Celebrating Space Mountain: The Final Ignition!” will take place from April 9 through July 31, 2024.
Tokyo’s Space Mountain was cloned from the Disneyland version of the ride and opened with the park on April 15, 1983.
Disney and Oriental Land Company announced the new Space Mountain and released concept art in April 2022. The art shows the new Space Mountain and Tomorrowland plaza.
While the current Space Mountain is still open, construction has already begun on the new version of the attraction. Site clearing began in the fall of 2022 and a groundbreaking ceremony took place in May 2023.
The new attraction building design seems to take inspiration from Shanghai Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, with a large ramp leading up to the attraction similar to TRON Lightcycle Power Run (which has now been cloned as TRON Lightcycle / Run at Magic Kingdom). The curves of the building are accented with blue light in the evening.
Oriental Land Co. is spending approximately ¥56 billion ($437 million) on the new ride. The Space Mountain name and theme will be retained as well as Coca-Cola’s sponsorship. The new coaster will be the first thrill attraction at Tokyo Disney Resort since Tower of Terror opened in 2006.
History of Space Mountain
The original version of Space Mountain opened in 1975 at Magic Kingdom. It proved so popular that Disney constructed other versions at Disneyland Park, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. Shanghai Disneyland is the only Disney “castle park” with no Space Mountain, instead opting to build TRON Lightcycle Power Run.
Each version of Space Mountain is slightly different, but they all take guests on a high-speed adventure through the iconic pyramid-like building.
The Disneyland Paris rendition of the ride was originally De la Terre à la Lune, inspired by “From the Earth to the Moon” by Jules Verne. Both the Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland versions later received the “Star Wars” Hyperspace Mountain overlay. The overlay was supposed to be temporary but ultimately became permanent. This overlay also sometimes comes to the Disneyland version of the ride.