Defunctland: The History of Disney’s Best Coaster, Space Mountain: From the Earth to the Moon


Jules Verne is one of the most recognizable authors of all time known for his extensive detailing of the scientific concepts that he included in his novels. One of his most popular works was 1865’s “De La Terre a La Lune” or, “From the Earth to the Moon. The story focused on the Baltimore Gun Club; a group of American weapons manufacturers attempting to create a gun powerful enough to launch a space capsule to the moon The novel was not only successful But it was also massively influential. In 1902, French filmmaker George Melies created one of the first science fiction films, “A Trip to the Moon”, inspired by Verne’s novel. Decades later in 1969 when the astronauts of Apollo 11 Returned from their own trip to the moon, Neil Armstrong drew comparisons between Verne’s story and his team’s mission So when it came time to build discovery land at Euro Disney Land, an area drawing inspiration from the work of Verne It was quite obvious how to fit a Space Mountain into it the issue was the budget. The original concepts for Discoveryland Space Mountain was much more than just an enclosed two roller coaster the Imagineers drew up a ginormous pavilion over twice the size of Space Mountain at Walt Disney World. Named “Discovery Mountain”, guests would enter the pavilion into an interior themed after “Mysterious Island”, the home port of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus. They would immediately be greeted by the famous submarine peeking out of the water This ginormous model would house a walkthrough attraction Allowing guests to experience the interior of the Nautilus similar to the original Disneyland exhibit near this area would have also been an underwater restaurant themed to the interior of the sub So that guests could dine aboard the Nautilus and stare out at the ocean life This was another attempt to utilize a concept from the never built discovery Bay The pavilion would also our guests have direct access to star tours in Captain EO. At one point It was rumored that the popular Epcot darkride “Horizons” would be cloned and placed within the pavilion and concept art showed the Jules Verne show scene from the ride replicated and placed above guests There was also a steampunk theme train station that the Euro Disneyland railroad could stop at, a drop tower based on another Jules firm property journey to the center of the earth and finally a Space Mountain themed after “From the Earth to the Moon”. This space mountain would not only take guests from the earth to the stars
But it also allowed them to navigate the lunar surface Guests would be shot out of a large cannon, a kindof earned space gun and be sent to the moon. They would then wind through Guests would be shot out of a large cannon, a kindof earned space gun and be sent to the moon. They would then wind through Before returning back to earth. Non riders within the pavilion Before returning back to earth. Non riders within the pavilion Could even watch the coaster speed through the stars from areas referred to as telescope points. “Discovery Mountain” And its attractions would be another ambitious And it is quite obvious why. While the idea itself seems great, the show building pavilion and all of the attractions would have come with an enormous price tag why. While the idea itself seems great, the show building pavilion and all of the attractions would have come with an enormous price tag this was one of the reasons that Disney decided to wait a few years after Euro Disney’s opening to greenlight the project. Their thinking was this was one of the reasons that Disney decided to wait a few years after Euro Disney’s opening to greenlight the project. Their thinking was They would have the funds necessary to build Discovery Mountain. On top of this They would have the funds necessary to build Discovery Mountain. On top of this Push designed not only to bring new guests into the resort but encouraged past visitors to return. Of course Push designed not only to bring new guests into the resort but encouraged past visitors to return. Of course everything changed. Attendance was less than half of what was expected and the hotels were so empty everything changed. Attendance was less than half of what was expected and the hotels were so empty That one was temporarily closed to save money. In 1993 alone the company reported a loss of around 1 billion dollars. Efforts were made to Renegotiate contracts and payments between Disney, the Euro Disney subsidiary and the creditor banks in an attempt to avoid the resort from declaring bankruptcy 1994 Eisner began warning the public the Euro Disney Resort might close He even began considering withdrawing from the resort entirely abandoning the Subsidiary Euro Disney SCA to deal with the banks and debt on its own when asked why he was making such threats to the company That Disney was so heavily invested in, Eisner replied; “The word threatened doesn’t seem fair to me” That Disney was so heavily invested in, Eisner replied; “The word threatened doesn’t seem fair to me” Or in other words less than three months Eisner explained that if a fair Accord is found from now until then between the Walt Disney Company and all the banks and investors then Eisner explained that if a fair Accord is found from now until then between the Walt Disney Company and all the banks and investors then Euro Disney continues. That would be a happy end in the tradition of the Disney Universe While March 31st was how long Disney support was promised, the involved parties really only had until March 15th to sort out shareholders meeting Euro Disney SCA would need to be able to report some sort of update on the restructuring plan and assurance of Disney support to avoid the bankruptcy. Somehow on March 14th the day before the shareholders meeting a assurance of Disney support to avoid the bankruptcy. Somehow on March 14th the day before the shareholders meeting a Restructuring was announced in which Disney, the creditor banks and a wealthy Saudi prince avoid bankruptcy, all of the measures of the avoid bankruptcy, all of the measures of the Practices that could not be continued for long. It was clear that the restructuring was not a solution for Disney They were stalling while the executives and investors were dealing with the financial issues The Imagineers were hard at work due the lack of funds Tim Delaney and his team knew that they would not be able to create the Discovery Mountain Pavilion in its entirety But this did not stop them from implementing a few of the ideas The first step to the expansion was to build a lagoon in Discovery land where a large model the Nautilus would be placed Guests could end of the submarine for a walk through an exhibit called the mysteries of the Nautilus while it appears The guests are under the lagoon, the entrance to the attraction The guests are under the lagoon, the entrance to the attraction Debuted on July 4th 1994 by then a Ginormous structure with a familiar shape already loomed behind it while the Imagineers did not have the budget for it in its original form Ginormous structure with a familiar shape already loomed behind it while the Imagineers did not have the budget for it in its original form This conical structure would feature just one the enclosed coaster themed after Jules Verne’s from the earth to the moon Your destination outer space Your speed astronomical Your closest encounter asteroids Between the earth and the moon lies The Adventure Space Mountain the greatest ride in the universe at Disneyland Paris The new ride was named discovery Mountain throughout production and construction However around a month before the ride opened, management was convinced that Space Mountain would be more effective in marketing However around a month before the ride opened, management was convinced that Space Mountain would be more effective in marketing Development when this decision was made Numerous signs had already been created with the initials DM and may remain in the attraction. Despite the name change After pouring all the money Euro Disney could find into construction and marketing, ‘Space Mountain: From the Earth to the Moon’ opened on June 1st After pouring all the money Euro Disney could find into construction and marketing, ‘Space Mountain: From the Earth to the Moon’ opened on June 1st “Aladdin told us that this ride goes really really fast”. “Aha really looks great”. “Oh yeah! Sounds fun!” “Aladdin told us that this ride goes really really fast”. “Aha really looks great”. “Oh yeah! Sounds fun!” As guests approached the new Space Mountain it was immediately clear that this was much different than anyone that had come before it. For one also The massive bronze cannon attached to the side of the mountain provided an incredible Exterior show every few minutes the cannon would fire and out of the barrel will come a bullet containing screaming guests perfectly placed oak effects gave the appearance that the guest had been shot into the sky going so fast that they had disappeared out of the other side of the cannon. As guests entered the queue, they were surprised to find themselves on a the other side of the cannon. As guests entered the queue, they were surprised to find themselves on a Platform in the middle of the ride, with trains and special effects surrounding them giving a preview of what was to come eventually wind their way into the home of the Baltimore Gun Club in which drawings of the planned space gun could be seen it has Also set up here that a member of the club has started a space mining company and drawings of his machines were also on display Also set up here that a member of the club has started a space mining company and drawings of his machines were also on display Guess exit onto the side of the mountain The loading station is outside as guests need to enter the space gun in order to be shot into space. After The loading station is outside as guests need to enter the space gun in order to be shot into space. After Boarding their vehicles, guests are put directly into the barrel of the cannon. At this point the ride reveals one of its most impressive ‘synchronized onboard audio track’ – this allows for music and sound effects to be played directly to guests with the track being timed perfectly to emphasize different Experiences throughout the attraction. “From the Earth to the Moon’s score, written by composer Steve Bramson, is a beautiful heroic and epic melody and is one of the highlights of the ride Sitting on an incline, the guests wait as the gun is prepared. The sides open and the train is lifted into position traveling upward 40 miles per hour through smoke Then a drop down reveals that they had made it to space. A bank left swoopes guests through the stars and by asteroids the turn levels out into a drop Sending guests into another surprise; a full loop making this the first and so far only Space Mountain to feature any type of inversion After finishing the loop the train speeds ahead Weaving its way through a large space mining tool guests are then taken up a curved incline and make their way through the smoky interior of the hollowed meteor. the train then performs a Long corkscrew before slowing down a bit and coming on to a lift hill. Guests are then given a view of the smiling moon Similar in style to the George Melius film after finally reaching their destination guests plummet back down to earth Making their way through more meteors and another inversion before a series of light signaled that the train is about to stop. guests then swoop down and enter the ‘electrode de velociter’ a device designed to land the bullet sent to the moon Guests are given their last burst of smoke before the music Transitions to a victorious march, the train then exits the mountain and returns to the loading station to say that Space Mountain: From the Earth to the Moon was an impressive ride would not do it justice the Technology the music and the theming were amazing But perhaps the most brilliant part of the ride was its ability to tell a story Despite its fast-paced design. The nearly 90 million dollar ride was a huge gamble for Euro Disney The company was relying on the attraction to reinvigorate interest in the park. In Euro Disney’s annual report sent out to shareholders in the years leading up to its release, the company mentioned the ride in the way in which it would turn the resort around. This put a lot of unfair pressure on the ride to Draw audiences in but somehow it surpassed all expectations Space mountain from the earth to the moon was a smashing success The ride seemed to even please some of the French public so critical of Euro Disney in its beginning. The rides heavy marketing and rave reviews caused resort attendance to skyrocket and a year after space mountains opening the newly named Disneyland Paris was happy to announce its first quarterly profits 35 million dollars – a small number but a huge victory Talks of the park closing ceased and Michael Eisner even personally thanked designer Tim Delaney for saving Euro Disney. The coaster had done Everything that it had set out to do and more however Space Mountain from the earth to the moon would only get to entertain guests for one decade Because wow that had saved the resort a new round of misfortune would soon be on its way “Opening of the Walt Disney Studios, take one! Lights, camera … (in French) Moteur, (?), action! Thrilled to see Disneyland Paris finally turning a profit, Eisner decided to go ahead with one of the original plans for the resort; a second gate The decision was made after the turnaround in 1996 to finally build Disney-MGM Studios Europe in part to fulfill a promise made to investors early on in euro disney’s Development. The issue was that Disneyland Paris was doing better But it wasn’t steady just yet. On top of this Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando was having a difficult time Adjusting to the reduced number of productions being shot at the studios The park was in sort of a theming limbo caught between the original Universal Studios Hollywood production tram tour and the new Universal Studios Florida ride, ‘The movie style’ It would remain in this limbo for nearly twenty years before eventually going all-in on the latter regardless This made creating Disney-MGM Studios Europe all the more difficult as its source material was not confident in its own theming However, Eisner and the executives pushed on and created the second gate Anyways opening his Walt Disney Studios Park on March 16th, 2002 the construction budget for the resort was a mere 550 million dollars even california adventure cost at least 600 million the result was a park which mainly consisted of shows and demonstrations on opening day the theme park only featured three rides Rockin Rollercoaster, the Studio tram tour and Magic carpets of Aladdin. On top of the park’s lack of poll among guests the terrorist attacks of September 11th hurt the tourism industry Worldwide. Disney also cited the war with Iraq, the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in Asia harsh weather in Europe and a series of transportation strikes. All of these things sent the resorts spiraling and Eurodisney SCA called for help once again Disney and the investors had to restructure the resort’s finances for a second time and the Disneyland Paris resort needed another attendance boost after the process to get back on track in order to do so they would turn to the Attraction that was once their savior to coincide with the 10th year anniversary of the ride and more importantly create a desperately needed Attendance boost Space Mountain from the earth to the moon was retooled to ‘Space Mountain Mission 2’. “Mickey was waiting outside for me with a supercomputer. Bingo! ‘Camera detected on outer edges of the galaxy in Space Mountain mission 2!” “Afterwards, the camera was nowhere to be seen” the new version of the ride saw the removal of the vast majority of the jewels Burton theming and the new mission took guests all Across the universe this saw a lot of the story accents replaced by generic space themed objects, for instance the smiling moon was changed to an animation of a supernova Most large structures and scenes remained and various lighting effects were added throughout the ride. Perhaps too many, as parts of the track and show building were exposed. The cannon launch was altered so that the Train started from a point lower down on the incline, The cars were repainted to silver instead of bronze, and most disappointing of all, the original score to the ride was replaced for a new one written by Michael Giacchino The famous composer that had worked on the updated Space Mountain scores for Disneyland in Anaheim and Hong Kong The result was a Space Mountain similar in design to its predecessor, but without the story and theming that had made the original experience so unique. Mission 2 was still the most exhilarating Space Mountain on earth But now it was no different than any of the others in terms of story. Worse, The change came for the purpose of a lazy marketing scheme in that Disneyland Paris can now market Space Mountain as a brand new ride Despite it just being a watered-down version of the original Space Mountain Mission 2 would operate for over a decade closing in January of 2017 to undergo a renovation Rumors had circulated for years that mission 2 would eventually be reverted back to its former glory But of course, this wasn’t the case. Quite the opposite really; when Paris’ Space Mountain would reopen in May of 2017 it received the “Star Wars – Hyperspace Mountain” treatment. This overlay first appeared in Disneyland in Anaheim in 2015 Then again in Hong Kong in 2016 All of the hyperspace mountain overlays rely on the use of projection mapping to add recognizable ships and planets from the Star Wars universe These work a lot better with the classic Space Mountain style Because Paris’s version just feels empty and sad. This version of the ride is only supposed to last until mid to late 2018 after this Space Mountain mission 2 will return but many fans are still hoping that From the Earth to the Moon will eventually make its Way back to Discovery land It was everything you could want out of an attraction; a well told story perfect theming, innovative technology and monetarily successful It was the best Space Mountain and it saved Euro Disney Even if it was just for a while. As for the Disneyland Paris resort It has always bragged about being the number one tourist destination in Europe. While this might be the case This is in no way an indication of success It has limped along, showing some glimmers of hope before being devastated by financial issues once again, and the Walt Disney Company has recently taken it over. In early 2018 CEO Bob Iger promised a large investment in the resort. This will hopefully be the end of the struggles of Disneyland Paris But the damage has already been done – its initial failures created a domino effect within the Walt Disney Company Affecting all areas of the parks division, during what was one of the most successful times for Disney Studios, Euro Disney held the company behind The financial issues would force the closure of many fan favorite rides and see the cancellation of many ambitious projects. If any good was to come out of the resort’s failure it would be an important lesson – when one goes in with the mindset that failure is impossible or when one’s only worries that they will be too successful They will be completely caught off guard by even slightly missing the mark Perhaps the most ironic part is that Jules Verne himself believed that the entrepreneurs of the United States Possess the exact opposite trait as he wrote in the final line of From the Earth to the Moon; “It is part of the American temperament to foresee everything in business even failure”.

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  • Eisner :I know wwhat we should do to get more money! Lets completely change the best thing that we had, that got us more money on the first place! Disney: Thats the best idea I've ever hearrd!

  • Whats the song in the intro?

  • Damn man, talk about nostalgia. I remember watching that ad at 6:45 as a kid!

  • Does anyone know what the song is starting at 0:52
    It's so familiar but I can't place it

  • It's my biggest theme-park regret that I never got to experience the original From the Earth to the Moon version of this ride.

  • this video put me to sleep last night but I still found it interesting so came back and rewatched it today!

  • Those "classic" Disney character costumes are HIDEOUS!!!
    Grinning idiotic animal clowns.

    And that Space Mountain TV advert is horrific; intelligence free moronic family bvllzhit! America must be better than this.

  • I bet the workers make more then the workers in the USA. The French don't put up with nothing.

  • Dang that ending gave me chills

  • The studios park is lacking the storytelling of Fantasyland, it feels like a random park, you walk from point A to point B without stopping by to take pictures of the beautiful landscape. I was there a week ago and space mountain was still " hyperspace moutain"

  • Shoot this ride was amazing and all but shoot ain’t it gonna be sad when rockin roller coaster gets re themed to iron man. I love the Aerosmith theme and the story. But the Florida one is still operating.

  • Why am i crying

  • Oh hey March 15th, that’s my birthday

  • That classic sad music at the end 😭

  • Space Mountain at Disneyland has been my all time favorite, since I was a little bitty kid. We finally caught it open last go! Hadnt done that innnnnnn twenty years I think? Not that we went every year or anything, but it was always closed when we did.

  • Please do Dueling Dragons, Jurassic Park: The Ride, Terminator 2 3D: Battle Across Time, Twister: Ride it Out, and Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa next!

  • What an absolutely lovely and heartbreaking piece. Bravo.

  • can someone give this channel a netflix show 🔥 🔥 🔥

  • Worst part of this is that when you actually do the attraction, you can see all the wounds left behind by the two renovations, especially the first one. Because nothing has changed apart from the theming. The ride itself is good but everything around it is now garbage. I find the Star Wars version a bit better than Mission 2, but even if I never knew From The Earth To The Moon, I'm sure it would have been way better if it stayed that way. About the Studios Park, it improved over time but for the last few years, more and more attractions closed down like my favorite one, Cinémagique at the same time the park added Pixar themed rides. Disney is now finally planning to expand the park by renovating an area for Marvel movies, creating one for Frozen and one for Star Wars. With these two new zones will also come an artificial lake with a bit of flora with it.

  • I never saw it before the Mission 2 but I loved it when I went years ago…this was also before all the stupid Star Wars overlay so happy to say I never had to see that one

    What I didn't enjoy was the rudeness of every castmember I encountered the lack of food and how early the park closed with no characters fireworks nor a parade

  • 12:30 Walt Disney Studios Paris Talk

  • i rode it as hyperspace it was unexpecrsd

  • Space mountain 2! I remember riding as a kid with my brother, was too small but the guy let me on anyways. I still remember the bruise on my temples from the illfitting restraints.

    Good times.

  • Disney hey guys should we build a unique ride based on. Classic literature? Nah let's make another star wars land its nor like people are bored and sick ov it being everywhere duhhhhhh

  • aaah, Space Mountain. Memories.

  • I honestly hope they bring back the original Space Mountain in Paris — it looks like it was INCREDIBLE! I love Jules Verne, and the inclusion of the Smiling Moon from the first sci-fi film ever is just… it pays homage to French innovation and imagination, and that's beautiful 🙂

  • I haven’t been on this ride since the 90’s it was my favourite ride, from that moment on, it was so “magical”

    THEY CHANGED IT?!!!!!

  • Well that does it. I'm gonna make it my main goal in life to create a steam punk theme park

  • what was that at the end

  • I actually enjoyed Disneyland paris better than the magic kingdom…🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️

  • I liked the star wars version of space mountain…it was pretty awesome to me.

  • The ending is so pertinent to galaxys edge right now

  • That quote at the beginning is quite haunting…

  • I would have also accepted the title: The New Resort's Last Resort

  • "…your speed: astronomical…your closest encounter: asteroids…hold onto: your ass. SPACE MOUNTAIN."

  • MGM Euro in France: because what region with its own beloved animation industry doesn't want a shrine to American animation?

  • The irony is, as Kevin said in Pt.1, Tokyo Disney initially inspired them to build Disney Paris. But Tokyo's DisneySea still has incredible steam punk theming on several of its principal attractions, which are also based around Jules Verne stories.

  • Dang, the irony of that Jules Verne quote you put in at the end! You're no slouch at story-telling either, Kevin. Mini-stories are essentially what the Defunctland series is. You're really doing amazingly with this & I'm riddled with the "what could have been…" feels after every video. But yeah, that Jules Verne quote there is, tragically, the perfect zinger.

  • They would do it again with Galaxy's Edge.

  • Now it's fucking star wars themed🙄

  • I was at the original three times. I distinctly remember it's breaking all the time. The ride just stops. One time it happened to people who were on the loop hanging upside-down. They were hanging like that for some time.

  • Disney Parks produced on a cheap budget:

    Disney California Adventure:
    $600 million

    Walt Disney Studios Park:
    $550 million

    Hong Kong Disneyland:
    $500 million

  • List of Productions Made at Disney Hollywood Studios:

    1. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

    2. Newsies (1992)

    3. Disney Renaissance/Post-Renaissance:
    1. The Little Mermaid (1989)
    2. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
    3. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
    4. Aladdin (1992)
    5. The Lion King (1994)

  • Space mountain not only saved singlehandedly save euro Disney, but also became an incredible ride? Hot dog! I’d want in on some of that action!

    You know….if they didn’t ruin it…

  • This makes so much sense. I’ve been to DLP loads of times, and only rode Space Mountain once – in about 2010. Both my dad and I thought it was a rubbish experience, and nothing compared to Thunder Mountain, etc. I always wondered why it was so revered – I had no idea they’d changed it!

  • Aside from 90s Epcot (especially Horizons), this is the attraction I regret missing most.

  • I was one of the few that tested it before opening, I was on a field trip with my school, we were about to leave when someone saw that it was running, nobody was in the ride because it was not open yet, but they did opened it, we were so exited, we were able to ride ten times without stepping out of the car, since nobody was in line, best experience of my life…I have been in a lot of rollercosters around the world, but nothing matches all the superb awsomeness of this one, the music, the speed, the staging, all with the synchronicity ofma perfect machine…I was really sad when I rode the star wars version last year…they kept picies of the former glory past, they were so lazy and cheap that they could not recreate the world of stars wars, it was a lousy mix and match …if you are gonna make it star wars do it 100%! If not, dont mess with it…

  • Why would executives close a ride that saved their park from closure and revamp it so much that it's lost what made the ride so special? It's awful!

  • I hope that one day the first space mountain of eurodisney come back
    Because I was then a bit to little to go in with my dad and my uncles and grandad (we drove every year to eurodisney from my home country The Netherlands) and now i am big enough but the first one isnt there anymore😕

  • Watching in 2019 and just realized that the track at the end if the video is the music theme from Godzilla King of the monsters trailer.Amazing!

  • 14:30 they literally blamed everything on the parks failure except the the man on the moon and the fact that it sucked. Oh, Eisner.

  • Boy, watching this in light of Galaxy's Edge being a failure and Disney's "We're too big to fail" mantra with their parks division is interesting to say the least; history does repeat itself

  • stop saying 'ginormous'

  • I grew up in Belgium and went to EuroDisney / Disneyland Paris a handful of times as a teenager and a young adult. I remember the original Space Mountain so well! It was indeed the best themed indoor rollercoaster ever! Loved the original design, theme and music! I'm so glad I got to experience it. Great video (as always!)

  • See what Walt wanted was for families to share the adventure. parents would remember their parents taking them and so on. But two honor the the old memories and make new ones that's the magic. Hell I've been on both space mountains. I think I would have like to try Discovery mountain

  • video starts at 0:57

  • The only good thing they've done to space mountain is making it start a bit farther back.

  • I first visited EuroDisney in 1994 when Earth to the Moon was still under construction, and I wondered what it would be like. I am so glad I got to ride From the Earth to the Moon in the year 2000 at Disneyland Paris before it was watered down. I appreciated the ride for being refreshing and unique. I hope that one day the ride will be returned to its former glory.

  • This ride looked awesome!

  • It is sadly still hyper space mountain in 2019 😭😭😭😭

  • Inb4 Westworld copyright claim

  • Growing up reading Jule Verne's book and riding the Retro themed space mountain was my childhood.

    I think Disney is now destroying dreams instead of inspiring them.

  • My favourite ride in Disneyland Paris ever, and one of the most beautiful coasters in the world if you ask me 🙂

  • why am I crying in the club rn…

  • Oh my god that dubbing at 8 minutes.

  • I hated Space Mountain

  • I recently went to Disneyland Paris and rode SM (currently Hyperspace Mountain), looking at the facade and knowing what the ride once was is nothing but disappointing.

  • No one:
    Disney: Since you like it, we are just going to slap a new sticker on it, making it worse!

  • 8:10 LSD kicks in with a bad trip.
    8:27 Calms down and now it's fun!

    Ride the real space mountain with Donald and friends.

  • it wasnt as good as rockinn roller coasyer

  • Maybe this will help to bring back the from the earth to the moon version.

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  • Space mountain looked so fucking gorgeous until they gave it the shitty overdone star wars treatment. Left a bad taste in my mouth hearing that's what they did to that unique space mountain ride

  • I love the use of Clair de Lune to illustrate the bittersweet tone of this documentary. How apropos..

  • Someone in this comments section become the Disney CEO and fix this ride. I'm heartbroken I can't experience it.

  • Makes me a little sad that somebody would come from USA to visit Euro Disney..

  • Hyperspace mountain is a terrible ride. It killed al the magic. I hope someday I can take my boy to the original SpaceMountain and enjoy the wat it was mentioned to be.

  • God I hate corporate suits. No soul.

  • The blur highlighting at 2:50 is frankly just obnoxious. It is impossible to interpret concept art one thin strip at a time. Just use a friggin' box like a normal person.

  • Bruh now it’s fucking Star Wars themed

  • can u please do knott kingdom of the dinosaurs ride

  • my bday is march 31 hhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Danny Elfman music is cooll

  • this video is so beautiful and well made

  • I wish I could've went to that when it was still original. It looks better than the Orlando Space Mountain I went to back in the 80's. I was more impressed by the lead in stuff of SM than the actual coaster. It was just a dark slam fest.
    At least the story theme of the one in Paris looked interesting. It is too bad they could not have realized the entire section of the park as great as it sounded they originally planned. The whole Jules Verne themes running throughout with the Mysterious Island and the more complicated rides within the Discovery Mountain building would have been very cool.

  • You know, this idea of the megastructure containing multiple complete attractions keeps coming up over and over in Disney park history (Thunder Mesa, Mount Discovery, "Oceana" at Long Beach DisneySea, the Indiana Jones Adventureland structure), and it never actually gets built…

    except for Mount Prometheus/Mysterious Island at Tokyo DisneySea. That one, they built.

    …Also, Kings Dominion built one (The Lost World)! Before it became Volcano: The Blast Coaster (RIP).

  • I love the music in this ep. Can you share the version of Debussy and other pieces used?

  • Eisner was Disney's biggest mistake!!
    Eisner thinking we should put ANYTHING American in America hating France was Disney's second biggest mistake!!!!

  • Dude I watched this thinking that they closed Euro Disney or something but all it came down to was them changing the theme of one of the worst roller coasters ever made.
    I see that you're a glass half empty kinda guy. I'm not sure if ur snarky sense of humor is meant to discredit the happiest place on Earth or if ur just one of those people who knit-picks at every decision a multi-trillion dollar global conglomerate makes as if what you think matters. Of course change is a necessity for any business model regardless of the industry but you make it seem as if you disagree with the decision, that it's a bad one. There's many more factors that may not be as transparent on the surface that influence any decisions at any time. Take into consideration how often they need to shut a ride down just for maintenance and upon inspection finding out that it would cost more to polish a turd than just reinvent it from the ground up.

  • "ginormous"

  • It's hard to please french public, but this is how you learn, and in the process… you progress !

  • I love this ride. One of my favorite.

  • this guy comments on porn like "bad theming 2/10 close the park"

  • Lol it's 2019 and it's still Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain 🙄🙄🙄🙄

  • You couldnt pay me to go to Disneyland.. the prices are rediculous and it's way too crowded. Not to mention, if you're a smoker you're treated like an embarrassment and completely snubbed. California has become a state of cry babies that like to legislate over each others lives. Making laws on foods and other health areas. They cant mind their own business.

  • This series was beautifully written, well researched, and put together with love and care. I applaud everyone who worked on this intriguing and captivating series heartily. Admittedly, I sat after work, tipped a few back, and genuinely enjoyed each episode from beginning to end one after the other in rapt attention. I can honestly say that there are few works on this platform that I’ve found that have captivated me so. I tip my hat to the lot of you, and raise a glass high to ya. Thank you, sincerely.

  • Can anyone please tell me where I can find the poorly dubbed family on the rollercoaster? What’s the video called?

  • What’s the name of the piano song playing in the background starting at 19:16 ??????

  • It genuinely makes me sad that I’ll never get to go on the original ride

  • “aladdin told us this ride goes really fast”

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