When Space Mountain reopened last year after a seven-month refurbishment, it had many new enhancements such as video games, lighting and other queue enhancements. The track was made smoother as well, but many guests were hoping music would be added to the ride like Space Mountain at Disneyland. Well a year later, they have their wish.
Disney’s “Space Mountain Project Team” said they needed the extra time to test every aspect of the audio technology. Whether that’s true or they just listened to guests complaints, they figured out a way to add the music without a lot of expense or more down time.
Instead of adding speakers to the ride vehicles, 60 speakers have been placed around the track. They’re calling it “StarryOPhonic Sound.” The new composition is exclusive to the Magic Kingdom attraction. It’s sort of a techno/disco sound. Most guests so far like it, but some do not. The music plays on a loop but the sound effects seem to be timed to the ride.
Here’s a video ride-through. Keep in mind that the ride is almost totally black, so think of this more as an audio ride-through.
Our friends at jefflangedvd.com held their video camera up to one of the speakers at the exit area of the ride to get this clear audio of just the soundtrack.
• Read more about Space Mountain and its refurbishment in the Winter 2010 issue of Orlando Attractions Magazine.