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Disneyland/DCA rumors: Good-bye Rockit Mountain; Hello Pixar shoot-'em-up

2006-04-18

By Robert Niles: Rockit Mountain, the planned night-time makeover of Disneyland's Space Mountain, which was slated to debut this summer, won't launch as planned, writes Al Lutz at MiceAge.

Lutz reports that the accelerated rebuild schedule for the ride, which reopened last July, left little time for adding the Rockit Mountain effects. Plus, Disney's Imagineers are said to be less than impressed with the overall show and ride ops aren't happy about taking the popular roller coaster down for half an hour every night for the switchover to the Rockit Mountain theming.

Yet as the Rumor Mill taketh away, the Rumor Mill doth giveth, too. Lutz teases that a new Pixar-themed shoot-'em-up dark ride will go in the space currently occupied by the shuttered Maliburitos eatery.

On the other coast, TPI reader Neil Preece reports that Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls at Universal's Islands of Adventure has reopened after a long makeover. Ripsaw Falls' unique "double dip" final drop had been the scene of multiple accidents, especially affecting smaller, middle-aged women, and much work appeared be done during the rehab on the drop. Any reports of changes from those who have ridden this week?

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on April 18, 2006 at 6:01 PM
Interesting idea!
From Robbie Banks on April 20, 2006 at 5:48 AM
I think a dark ride themed to a "funhouse" would be cool. Throw in classic disney characters we never get to see from the 1920's and 1930's and it could be a fun attraction.
From Ben Mills on April 22, 2006 at 3:39 PM
Just to pick up one of your points, Robert... Dudley's double-dip drop isn't actually unique. Loggers Leap at Thorpe Park has one of these, and was built many, many years before Dudley.

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