Some attractions are so classic and so timeless that they are replicated all over the world. Examples include the infamous Splash Mountain and Space Mountain.
It’s no secret that Magic Kingdom’s Splash Mountain recently closed its doors forever, but the log flume ride lives on in Disneyland Park and Tokyo Disneyland.
Space Mountain still exists in Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Park, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland. Needless to say, this futuristic roller coaster is well beloved.
However, some changes are currently being made to the Magic Kingdom version, leading some Guests to believe that the attraction is in danger of closing forever.
As TRON Lightcyle Run dominates Tomorrowland as the most popular thrill ride, Space Mountain may be fading away. After all, the ambiance of Tomorrowland is mostly retro-futurism (as in, what people in the past thought the future would look like).
While the retro-futuristic look is charming and beloved by many, others may find it tacky and would prefer the sleek modern look of TRON Lightcycle Run’s Game Grid over Space Mountain’s old-fashioned yet iconic dome.
Throughout Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland is a specific color scheme consisting of blues, greens, white, and sometimes silver. It’s easily recognizable as distinctly futuristic…however, one visitor recently pointed out that the outer walls of Space Mountain are being repainted from light blue to…beige?
Space Mountain in process of being repainted at Magic Kingdom. Blue is original color. Tan is new color. pic.twitter.com/Wbbh3AWAKo
— Alicia Stella (@AliciaStella) February 24, 2023
There’s no doubt about it: beige is… kind of blah, and it looks extremely out of place in an area entirely dedicated to innovation and the future. Many fans wonder why Disney is going in this direction, and some fans worry that Space Mountain will slowly be abandoned so the newest roller coaster can take its place as Tomorrowland’s signature thrill ride.
Hopefully, the beige paint is just one step in an entire process. Space Mountain could definitely use a makeover, and who knows! Maybe Disney isn’t trying to phase out the coaster but is actually trying to spruce it up so it remains an iconic Tomorrowland attraction.