Welcome back to our countdown to the 20th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris! We’re Crystal & Bryan from The CanaDisney Blog. Thanks to Donna, Beth and Manda for having us here on 20 Days to 20 Years! This article will take you back to Disneyland Paris, circa 2005.
All incarnations of Disneyland/Magic Kingdom have a version of Space Mountain. Most are similar to the original version at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. However, the notable exception to this rule is located at Disneyland Paris. Here, the attraction differs greatly from the version featured at the other Disney parks in both appearance and experience.
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Disneyland Paris’ Space Mountain originally opened at the park in 1995 and was themed around Jules Verne’s classic 1865 novel ‘From the Earth to the Moon’, hence the original version of the attraction’s name ‘De la Terre à la Lune’. Unlike the other Space Mountains, this version had a much different outward appearance, featuring a huge cannon and a retro-futuristic theme. It was the first roller coaster to feature synchronized on-board audio, and is the only version of Space Mountain to feature inversions and a section of the ride outside the mountain (the station and the cannon).
We’re fascinated by Disneyland Paris’ Space Mountain. Paris’ version is a unique take on the WDW original, and we like how Disneyland Paris put a unique spin on what could have easily been a cookie-cutter version of the classic attraction. It’s surprising that Disney hasn’t expanded upon the original Space Mountain template in any of their parks except for Paris. Space Mountain: Mission 2 is definitely a unique experience, unmatched at any other Disney park. We hope to get to Disneyland Paris at some point in our lives, and needless to say Space Mountain will be near the top of our to-do list!
Much thanks to the dynamic duo of Crystal & Bryan! This team of Disney lovers from Ontario, Canada gives us their unique perspective via their blog, CanaDisney, and their wonderful Walt Disney World photo galleries. Follow them @CanaDisney, Facebook and Pinterest.
Tomorrow we will highlight a slightly different partnership on 20 Days to 20 Years; Growing Up Disney will share their Disneyland Paris trip planning pro, Janine @disneynine, with our readers. Isn’t the Disney community generous?!