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Published on Jul 17, 2011
Check out this POV of Space Mountain (Omega side) in Magic Kingdom, Florida. Watch in HD.
Current ride (2009-Present) Space Mountain closed on April 19, 2009 for a lengthy renovation project. It was the first extensive renovation since a previous closure in September 1999,and was estimated to cost USD $12.3 million. It reopened November 2009.
The queuing area for the Alpha track after the 2009 refurbishment Blue neon lights light up the ceilings above the queue, with black windows looking out into space recessed into the ceiling, where people can see projections of stars, nebulae, comets, planets, and a space station. Riders will then be assigned to one of two tracks: Alpha, the left hand track, or Omega, the right hand track. When the lines are long, usually Alpha is used for standby queue and the Omega for "FASTPASS". But when lines are short. (usually fifteen minutes or less) a cast member will stand at the division of the lines and assign a group to a track. Unless they kindly ask, riders cannot choose between Alpha and Omega. The two tracks are near-mirror images of each other. Both offer the same experience, with effects equally shared and duplicated, however, so as to permit for the two tracks to cross each other, the Alpha track is ten feet longer than the Omega track.
The loading area for the Omega track after the 2009 refurbishment Riders then queue at newly installed loading gates and enter the six person rockets. Pulling out of the loading station, riders make a 180 degree turn and come to a stop in a purple lit tunnel while waiting for the train in front to climb the lift hill. After a few seconds, the holding brake is released and the trains roll down a slope into the strobe tunnel. The strobe lights flash at a slower rate, but this rate gradually increases as the rocket progresses down the tunnel. A repetitive warping sound signifies an energy charge as the riders roll towards a blue orb. At the far end of the tunnel, a field of stars appears as the blue strobe lights turn off. This is followed shortly afterwards by the strobe light effect of the flash of the on-ride photo camera taking pictures of the riders. Another train may pass by the riders climbing the lift hill. It is also possible to make out riders on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority passing through the lift hill bay, as well as riders on the other track climbing the lift hill. At the top, riders descend a short drop and then descend through a series of turns, sharp climbs, and steep drops in the darkness of the dome. The ride ends with trains passing through a red swirling wormhole and then hitting the final brake run, before returning to the unload station. As posted on Disney Parks Blogs on August 30, 2010, Space Mountain is now in Starry-O-Phonic Sound. "Walt Disney Imagineering has added a new composition that's exclusive to the attraction at Magic Kingdom Park that will play with varying sound effects throughout all "flights" on 100 newly installed speakers. "Starry-O-Phonic Sound" compliments a slew of enhancements that debuted on Space Mountain last year, including new lighting, storyline elements and updated decor."