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Hyperspace Mountain is a Star Wars themed seasonal overlay to the Space Mountain roller coaster attractions at Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland. The Disneyland version opened as part of the Season of the Force event on November 14th, 2015. The Hong Kong Disneyland version opened June 11, 2016, as part of the "Star Wars Tomorrowland Takeover" event.[1][2]

Utilizing the animation projection infrastructure used in the Halloween-themed Ghost Galaxy overlay, laser effects, and a newly recorded arrangement of assorted John Williams scores performed by the London Symphony Orchestra [3], the attraction puts guests into a dogfight between X-wing starfighters and TIE fighters at the start of the Battle of Jakku.[4]


The attraction queue is mostly left in its standard form, though graphics and a brief pre-show and safety film set up the simple story and place Space Mountain's space station setting into the role of a Rebel base. The Hong Kong installation added a X-Wing hangar mockup to an outdoor portion of the queue.

Admiral Gial Ackbar sends out a brief holo-transmission to a group of reconnaissance pilots to investigate an Imperial Star Destroyer in orbit around Jakku. He also announces the Blue 77 Squadron will provide support for the mission.

After boarding the reconnaissance vehicle (played by Space Mountain's sled-like rocket vehicles), the recon team and Blue Squadron make a jump through hyperspace. Upon arrival at Jakku, a group of TIES ambushes the team almost immediately. The recon vehicle ducks and weaves its way through the dogfight and assorted laser-fire from either side. With the TIE squadron destroyed, Blue Squadron is able to make a critical destructive hit on the Star Destroyer's bridge area and make a quick jump through hyperspace back to the base.


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Behind the scenesEdit

Space Mountain originally opened at Disneyland on May 27th, 1977, two days after A New Hope first premiered in theaters. The second of its kind, with the Walt Disney World original opening two years earlier, Space Mountain became one of the central landmarks of Disneyland's Tomorrowland area and Walt Disney World's Tomorrowland area. In 2005, as part of Disneyland's 50th Anniversary, the attraction underwent a significant overhaul with a complete rebuild of the track, a new in-vehicle sound system, and new digital projection infrastructure that would allow for alternative versions of the attraction, starting with a short-lived version known as "Rockin' Space Mountain". A few years later, a more involved Halloween overlay borrowed from Hong Kong's park, "Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy", would add additional projection hardware in 2007 and became a more successful tradition.

In 2015, to promote The Force Awakens and act as a stop-gap until the Star Wars themed expansion of the two parks both opened, Disney announced a promotional event called "Season of the Force" located in the Tomorrowland area of the park, consisting of an update to Star Tours: The Adventures Continue featuring elements from the new film, a clipshow of the entire saga entitled Path of the Jedi, an update to the Jedi Training Academy show drawing elements from Star Wars Rebels entitled Trials of the Temple, the Star Wars Launch Bay exhibit and Hyperspace Mountain.

The Imagineers consulted with Lucasfilm Story Group to ensure the attraction would fit into the canon timeline and decided to tell the story of the space battle portion of the Battle of Jakku, which also appeared in the novel Lost Stars and the Star Wars Battlefront video game[5]. New starfighter animation and musical arrangements of John Williams tracks were produced for the overlay and the temporary attraction opened November 15th, 2015.

Easter eggs Edit

  • The 77 Squadron takes its number from 1977, both the year when Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope first premiered and when Space Mountain first opened at Disneyland park.

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