Disney Continues To Fuel Space Mountain Retheme Rumors

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Left: Buzz Lightyear meeting at Disneyland in front of a sign with a photo of Space Mountain on it.

Credit: Left- @timothy.af on Instagram / Right - Disney

Lightyear (2022) is Pixar’s newest film, following the story of the astronaut (Chris Evans) that inspired Andy’s favorite toy, Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), in Toy Story (1995).

Chris Evans as Lightyear
Credit: Pixar Animation Studios

Last week, Buzz Lightyear landed at Disneyland Resort, greeting Guests in real-life form rather than the toy form typically found at the Disney Parks.

Though some were excited to greet their favorite galactic hero, Disney Park fans were terrified when rumors started about a potential retheme of  Space Mountain to Lightyear. 

Buzz Lightyear at Tomorrowland
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disney_hype_beast_80 on Instagram

Disney didn’t comment on the rumors but added fuel to the fire with some new Lightyear-inspired signage around Space Mountain in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park.

This weekend, Disneyland moved Buzz Lightyear’s meet-and-greet location to a staged set near Space Mountain. Fans quickly noticed a particular building painted on the space ranger’s photo set.

@timothy.af on Instagram shared some videos of Buzz Lightyear at his new location. In the background, you can see a painting of a building that resembles a combination of Space Mountain and the launch building from Pixar’s Lightyear. 

Lightyear's glove in front of a painting of a building that looks like a mix of Space Mountain and a ship from the film Lightyear.
Credit: Timothy.af on Instagram

Could this hint at a possible Space Mountain retheme? Rather than launching into the vastness of Space Mountain, could Disneyland Resort Guests soon work with Buzz Lightyear to reach hyperspeed?

Disney hasn’t commented on rumors of a Space Mountain retheme at Disneyland Park or Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Inside the Magic will report on any updates about the rollercoaster.

A still from Lightyear. Buzz looks off into the distance at the launch building.
Credit: Disney

More on Space Mountain

Currently themed after Star Wars as Hyperspace Mountain, Space Mountain is a beloved Tomorrowland attraction at Disneyland Resort. From Disney:

Race through the cosmos in the dark to the edge of the galaxy and back on a thrilling roller-coaster ride.

All Systems Go

Navigate through a vast futuristic space station as you make your way to Mission Control. Board a sleek flight vehicle and prepare yourself for a high-flying adventure to the furthest reaches of space.

Ascend slowly through a swirling solar field as your rocket powers up. Plunge through a spectacular spiral nebula and then, when the countdown ends—hang on tight! 

As you hurtle forward into infinite darkness, your rocket darts and twists in the void, speeding faster and faster. Feel the g-force as you careen into the unknown!

Immersive sound effects and evocative music add to the intense sensory experience. 

Brave the most epic journey of your Earthbound life and accept your mission—to conquer Space Mountain.

Would you like to see Space Mountain rethemed to Lightyear? Let us know in the comments. 

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