Brian Cahill

Published: December 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Space Fantasy: The Ride is my favorite theme park ride. Anywhere. The blend of Space Mountain thrills and Anime design aesthetic is just pitch perfect. And the effect of entering the sun at the ride's climax is mind-blowing. I so wish they would bring this ride to Universal Orlando! :)
Mike Gallagher

Published: December 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Can someone...Robert or otherwise...please explain to me the "chocolate chip cookie" reference?
Don Neal

Published: December 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM

These parks in Asia have some really neat rides. This looks really interesting. I would love to see more of these mid-range coasters (Everest, BTMR, Mine Train, etc) mixed with great theming for families. Thanks for sharing Robert, I had never heard about it.
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: December 10, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Mike,

When I lived in Orlando, many WDW cast members joked that the asteroid projection at the MK's Space Mountain looked like a giant chocolate chip cookie.

74.82.64.160

Published: December 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Mike, the next time you ride space mtn in Florida, look at the astroids flying on the ceiling of the dome. They look like flying cookies. Some other people refer to it as flying cottage cheese.
74.82.68.160

Published: December 10, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Also, thanks Robert for sharing this. I never heard of this ride myself until now. Looks really amazing. I can see that the que line could be too asian for Universal's Orlando Counterpart, but if they did something to Americanize it a bit, this would be a smash hit in Orlando, and steal a lot of thunder from space mtn at WDW. ESPECIALLY after that stupid low budget upgrade it got the last time
James Rao
Writer

Published: December 10, 2012 at 9:53 PM

^$10M is low budget? For what was billed as an extended refurb, I think WDI did a nice job with Space Mountain. But, why let a Blog Flume entry pass by without bashing Disney? It just wouldn't be TPI, these days.

Back to the subject at hand, this Space Fantasy ride looks like a real nice family attraction. It would certainly fill a niche at one of their Orlando parks, and I would love to see Universal make the move to add it. However, my guess is most USO fanboys would probably consider it too-Disney-like and would not be pleased.

Incidentally, Worlds of Fun, my local Cedar Fair stationary carnival, has one of those spinning coasters similar to the Mack model described (the one at WoF is made by Gerstlauer, tho). At any rate, I always felt it was a great candidate for a dark ride. Sure, it is not the most thrilling coaster in the world (and it does make a lot of people sick), but it certainly would be enhanced with a good narrative, some special effects, and good old fashioned darkness. Looks like Universal Creative had the same idea! =)

Mark Kausch

Published: December 11, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Until DL's Space Mountain was refurbed for the 50th, many of us fans also joked about "Famous Amos".
Mike Gallagher

Published: December 11, 2012 at 3:44 AM

Mr. Rao, you've just captured the essence of Reverchon's Exterminator at Kennywood...which, having not recently been on Rock and Roller Coaster, ranks as my favorite indoor coaster.
192.195.66.5

Published: December 11, 2012 at 6:29 AM

It was closed when I was there... Bummer. Guess I'll have to go back.
Rob Pastor

Published: December 11, 2012 at 7:36 AM

James: Mike's analysis of your concept seems right on. The Kennywood Park "Exterminator" is a tough thrilling spinner coaster in a nicely themed dark ride setting in a mutated rat colony. The exciting attraction nearly always has long lines......Space Fantasy: The Ride would make a nice addition to Universal Studios. It could work in the Expo section near Men In Black. But with all of the other additions taking place, I would doubt Universal would seriously consider it.
Mike Gallagher

Published: December 11, 2012 at 8:45 AM

"Analysis?" Hey, I'm just a guy that likes rollie coasties.
James Rao
Writer

Published: December 11, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Thanks, guys, I now have one more reason to visit Kennywood! It's on the bucket list, I assure you!
Rob Pastor

Published: December 11, 2012 at 11:10 AM

James: Kennywood is a well kept secret. A lot of the early Disneyland dark rides had similar predecessors at Kennywood before Disneyland existed. Kennywood just expanded their second Winterfest festival and its a sheer delight. When we went 2 Saturdays ago the crowd was shoulder to shoulder and all the parking spaces were filled.
José María Sandoval

Published: December 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Excelent article!