Posts Tagged ‘Space Mountain’

Last Week at Disneyland Resort (8/19/2012 -8/25/2012)

by on August 27, 2012

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The masses of annual Passholders that were anticipated to invade the Anaheim attractions after blackout dates were lifted last week didn't quite materialize. So if you've been avoiding Disneyland all summer, now is a great time to visit as preparations begin for the Halloween season.

Crowd Calendar

Quietest Day: Friday 8/17 was a 5 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 4.7 and Disneyland Park at only 3.1.

Busiest Day: Sunday 8/19 was an 8 out of 10 at the resort, with DCA crowds at 8.9 and Disneyland Park at 5.7.

Subscribe to the TouringPlans.com Disneyland Crowd Calendar for details on predicted crowds for the next 30 days.

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Magic Kingdom Reaches Capacity And Closes To Guests

by on April 7, 2009

The Magic Kingdom closed to guests today. Waits at Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain reached 120 minutes. FASTPASSes for Space were nearing running out around 1:20 pm.

Update: The park is open to resort guests and annual passholders as of 3:30 pm.  Thanks to Jeff T. for the details.

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How Space Mountain’s closure will affect Magic Kingdom touring plans

by on March 11, 2009

Many of you are wondering how next month’s closure of Tomorrowland’s popular Space Mountain will affect our Magic Kingdom touring plans. We’ve been testing many alternatives including everything from just skipping Space Mountain to moving almost all of Tomorrowland’s attractions to later in the day.

For most plans the most effect strategy seems to be simply to skip Space Mountain and continue with the rest of the plan as written. This is especially true if Buzz Lightyear is also visited within a couple of steps of Space Mountain in the plan. The problem with most alternative routes is that Buzz’s standby wait times can be very long during days with large crowds, and FASTPASSes can run out. Thus, it’s best to visit Buzz in the morning, regardless of whether Space Mountain is operating.

Many thanks to the Unofficial Guide research team who slogged through the parks testing every wacky idea we could think of for this change.

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Studios and Magic Kingdom touring plan updates coming soon

by on January 28, 2009

We’ll be updating the Studios touring plans over the next week to include the new American Idol Experience attraction. Our in-park testing indicates Idol will fit in best sometime in the late afternoon or evening, which will minimize backtracking. It also gives you a good chance at seeing the day’s final show, which includes winners from performances earlier in the day.

We’ve also been testing Magic Kingdom touring plans without Space Mountain, in preparation for that attraction’s April refurbishment. Two options we’ve been focusing on: (1) Simply skipping Space Mountain and continuing with the rest of the plan; (2) Re-arranging the plan to visit Tomorrowland later in the day, to get a jump start on the rest of the park.

Our early test results for those options shows that skipping Space Mountain in the existing plans results in lower overall waits throughout the day, especially when crowds are high. Those are preliminary results, and we’ll continue testing throughout the spring.

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Space Mountain closure and rennovation

by on January 5, 2009

Space Mountain will be closed starting April 19, 2009. It will reopen sometime in late 2009 at the earliest. There is currently no announced end period for the renovation.

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Space Mountain Refurb update

by on November 8, 2008

We’re anxiously awaiting an official note from Disney about Space Mountain’s refurbishment. To date, it appears to have been pushed back from a January start date but is reportedly still on track for 2009 with a closure of 6 to 9 months. We’re hoping this seemingly short refurbishment will do the ride justice.

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Space Mountain refurb firms up

by on July 24, 2008

We’ve gotten word from a few good sources that the Space Mountain refurbishment is on schedule to begin the first week of January 2009 and last for 14 months. That date might shift a little in either direction, but don’t expect to ride Space Mountain during 2009.

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Space Mountain and TTA news

by on May 29, 2008

Strong rumors are beginning to indicate a January 9th, 2009, closure of Space Mountain for a long refurbishment period (a year or so) and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority will also close for periods of this refurbishment as the track runs through the Space Mountain building.

Permits were recently filed to replace all of the speakers in the TTA ride, likely preparatory work for the larger refurbishment for both attractions.

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