Thursday, August 14, 2008

Return to Space Mountain

Today we will be taking a second look at Tokyo's Space Mountain. Walt Disney once said that you need a "weenie" to beckon people and draw them into an area. For Tokyo Disneyland's Tomorrowland, Space Mountain is the "weenie". Tokyo still has the old Rocket Jet platform (see my posting from July 30, 2008), but that attraction sits more or less in the same spot as Anaheim's Matterhorn. This is what I like about going to the other "Disneylands". Having grown up with Disneyland in Anaheim, I could probably find my way around it blindfolded, but going to another Disney Park is like going to an "alternate universe Disneyland". Everything is a little different and unpredictable.

The photo above was taken from the top of the Rocket Jet platform (actually called the "Star Jets" in Tokyo). The lights on the left are on The Grand Circuit Raceway sign (Autopia) and the building on the right is the Tomorrowland Terrace.

This shot above was taken right before entering the attraction. The signage was updated last year along with the ride itself. The sign that used to be in it's place was the red chunky plastic block letters that Anaheim used to have. I wish I had taken a picture of those! You don't always think about taking a picture of something until it's gone!

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