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Hyperspace Mountain: Rebel Mission poster art features new, non-Star Wars trains

Thursday, 12th January 2017 at 15:05

Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain: Rebel Mission poster

Disneyland Paris has revealed the attraction poster for its upcoming Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain: Rebel Mission reworking of Space Mountain: Mission 2; at the same time confirming this Star Wars overlay with an indefinite end date won’t be the ride’s calling forever.

It’s been a good 18 months since we last saw a concept for the new trains coming to Space Mountain during its current closure. Back then, Hyperspace Mountain wasn’t even a possibility. So, what’s changed? Actually, nothing.

The updated coaster train seen in this new artwork looks just like the earlier sketch, complete with cogwheels on its sides and Steampunk bronze details. But not, thankfully, with a “3” for “Mission: 3” on its sides — or any kind of link to Star Wars.

An emblem previously adorning the front of the trains doesn’t appear here, but perhaps some artistic licence has been taken to stop it sticking out like (even more of) a sore thumb?

Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain: Rebel Mission poster

With a Star Destroyer looming overhead, X-Wings blast at TIE fighters as guests fly past below nonchalantly as if transported back in time from even the Victorian era itself. We have to presume this will be the “new” ride’s actual attraction poster — appearing under Main Street Station and of course in the giant frame on the side of the mountain itself.

While technically a perfectly sound piece of art just to look at, and in some ways no worse than the rather bland Mission 2 poster, it’s also the first real impression of how muddled this Discoveryland “Rebel Mission”, in Steampunk rocket trains, will be.

Ignore the detail and the context and it’ll likely be a thoroughly enjoyable, thrilling and improved experience. But what Disney — and especially Star Wars — fan doesn’t care about detail?

Every Disneyland Paris Space Mountain poster: De la Terre à la Lune, Mission 2, Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain: Rebel Mission

• Previously — Space Mountain: Mission 2 closes 9th January for rumoured Hyperspace Mountain overlay

One detail which had previously only been seen in internal documents is that subtitle, giving the attraction its apparent full name of Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain: Rebel Mission. Why it has suddenly resurfaced in press releases at this point is unclear, with all of the existing 25th Anniversary communications — and this poster itself — just using the shorter title.

Perhaps it’s being used to distinguish this Hyperspace Mountain, with its faster speeds, launch and inversions, from the tamer version in California. But it feels like they should have decided on either “Star Wars” or “Rebel Mission” in the title, not both. (And this is how much we care about detail.)

Space Mountain at Disneyland Paris poster and Columbiad Cannon

The storyline will see riders taken into the heart of the Battle of Jakku, receiving instructions from the celebrated Admiral Ackbar to cross the galaxy at lightspeed and help ward off enemy threat to the planet.

According to the French press release accompanying the poster, visitors can “imagine themselves commanding an X-Wing”, “in total immersion” in the Star Wars films. At least, until they get back to the brick-built, wrought-iron-styled station?

Disneyland Paris Experience Enhancement Plan: Space Mountain new vehicles trains concept art

Supplied by Vekoma, the roller coaster’s original manufacturer, the trains closely match their existing MK-1212 model. Head-banging over-the-shoulder restraints positioned close to the riders’ ears are replaced with a soft rubberised inner restraint and wider grab rails. How many people could withstand a second ride right away with the old trains? The improvement should vastly improve the attraction’s re-rideability.

Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain will open in Spring 2017.

While there’s no end date for this new era of Space Mountain’s life, the lack of any link between the design of the new trains and Star Wars is confirmation enough that this won’t be here forever.

One day, a new Steampunk, Jules Verne era will surely take its place.

Space Mountain: De la Terre à la Lune Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain new trains mashup fan art
Fan Art: Now that works better, doesn’t it?

It may take as long as ten years, given the timing of previous reboots, or at least until Disneyland Paris can secure the funds for a real Star Wars Land with real Star Wars attractions, rendering its Hyperspace Mountain stop-gaps pointless.

But Space Mountain will return. And when it does, these awesome new trains will be waiting. In a round-about way, this is our first step back to the moon, as we prepare to launch into a galaxy far, far away.

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  • Hi, let me rectify your wrong information: Trains will be rethemed in a later stage. The hyperspace mountain project exists for over 3 years and Space mountain will never return, thats certain.

    • Thanks for your comment! So you say they’ve designed and purchased new customised trains, with a Steampunk look, which are then going to be rethemed again in the future to Star Wars? Even though the project exists for 3 years? And what about the rest of the clearly non-Stars Wars mountain that’s just been refurbished? Do they know what’s happening from one day to the next over there..?

      • Well, that depends on how long these trains are already in storage. If that is longer than the Star Wars plans it is no wonder they look like this.

  • Would be nice to see the Space Mountain moon mission come back for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 in 2019 :-)

  • I personally have no problem with the Star Wars theme. I just wish it had been done properly. I don’t think we are ever going to see a Star Wars land in Paris. This and star tours is the best we can hope for. If they had a bit more then I would have like them to have converted the building into a Death Star, maybe the top half of it so that it appears like a dome.

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