Disneyland Paris have recently announced that they’re changing what is currently known as Hyperspace Mountain back into Space Mountain: Mission 2. I’m not sure why they’re changing it back because, honestly, the Star Wars theming is really poor. There’s a couple of Star Wars banners in the loading dock, and the Star Wars theme music plays as you round that first corner to the climb. But beyond that, I wouldn’t have had a clue. You pass the screens within the ride too fast to tell if they’re showing anything from the films. They may have been. I couldn’t tell you.
Here’s the thing: I LOVE rollercoasters. I really do. Give me triple looping rollercoasters, give me corkscrews, give me blast offs, give me huuuuuge drops. I will go on them all.
But after going on Disneyland Paris’s Space Mountain for probably the eleventh or twelfth time, I have officially decided to give up on this ride. It’s horrible.
It is so jerky. They have, in fairness, changed the restraints since I was there last year. They no longer come down either side of your head and essentially bash your head between the two sides for the whole ride. My mother once ended up with the back posts of her earrings bent back into her earlobe, that’s how bad it was. Instead, the restraint now comes across your whole chest. It’s plastic but is supposed to have some flex to it. I found the restraint getting tighter and tighter throughout the ride. I almost couldn’t breathe by the end (and I am by no means large).
Nothing about the ride is smooth. It should be just your normal blast off looping rollercoaster, but there’s something so uncomfortable about it. Those old bone rattler bikes have nothing on DLP’s Space Mountain.
So, with all that being said, I am hanging up my Space Mountain rider’s cap (metaphorically speaking, of course). I’ll stick to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster if I want a looping coaster in DLP, because that one does blast off and looping right. Or I’ll go on Crush’s Coaster because, frankly, that’s far more frightening.