You may have seen the hype, the ads, the commercials and the excitement building for the Season of the Force at Disneyland that opened in November of last year.
And if you haven’t been to Disneyland since, you may be wondering what has changed to generate this whole Star Wars stardom around the park.
First off, Season of the Force is taking place in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. It’s not all over the park (just in case you were wondering) and all of the changes are most likely temporary until the official Star Wars land opens in 2017 (which is behind Frontierland – not near Tomorrowland).
Well, there are some changes that are fun and bring in the Star Wars theme more, but just a little more. Star Tours was already there, the Jedi Training Camp (including Storm Troopers storming the futuristic land) was already there, so there was just a couple of changes needing to be made to make a full Season of the Force change. The changes were simple, but really brilliant too!
We have a post talking about all of the changes in Tomorrowland to accommodate Season of the Force but I wanted to talk about how Space Mountain specifically has been changed and converted into HyperSpace Mountain.
Only read the following information if you really want to know what’s changed at Space Mountain. If you’d rather, you could wait and just be surprised!
So now that you have continued reading, let me start off by saying, the changes are simple.
In fact, so simple, that it is only intended to be a temporary change until Star Wars Land opens and the possibly converted back into Space Mountain (I mean, they can’t get rid of that classic ride, right?!?) after the opening of the new land.
What were these simple changes? Well, right as the ride begins, the music has been changed into the Star Wars theme song. It didn’t require a construction change or anything – you know, that part where you are “hyperspacing into space mountain” or rather being pulled up to the top of the indoor coaster. It was such a simple change, yet so brilliant at the same time and really get’s you in that Star Wars mood!
Then, once the actual ride has begun, you are flying through the same ol’ classic Space Mountain, but you will find many Star Wars references throughout the ride.
During the entirety of the ride, different and recognizable Star Wars music themes will be playing. You will also have commentary on the battle happening in space with the jet fighters as if you are part of the jets fighting. Along the way, you will see some of of the old planets and features from the old ride, along with images of Star Wars space ships enemy and ally floating in space and shooting and fighting.
Overall, the changes are simple and the classic ride is still the classic ride. The ride itself did not change, just the sound and very few visual changes. It set the stage for a fun ride through space with the Star Wars theme.
However, there was actually one thing I was really disappointed with in terms of the visual aspect. It’s dark inside of Space…er, uh Hyperspace Mountain and the spots in the dark abyss where the space jets appear – it looks like a part of the ride was cut out, replaced with a screen that shows the jets. The screen cannot produce the same blackness, and so it is a little tacky and sorta sticks out like a sore thumb on the ride. It does look odd to have a “dark grayish” screen here and there. Disney does such a good job of making things so realistic, that this seemed a little short-sighted.
As a side note, we are two grown women with moms of littles and moms of teens…all of which are huge fans (much bigger fans than us!) of Star Wars. We liked the changes, while keeping the classic ride intact. However, we rode with teenage boys in the same car. After the ride, they were disappointed in the changes. I guess they expected an over-the-top Disney spectacle. Apparently, just the addition of music and a few screens with jets was very disappointing for these young men. 🙂
Have you been on the ride since the conversion? What were your thoughts?