Friday, May 5, 2017

Disneyland Paris Update: Soft-Opening Starts at Hyperspace Mountain as the Ride Gets Ready for its Official Opening on May 7 !

Hello everyone, today we'll have a new Disneyland Paris update, always thanks to Max, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster. And this new update is all about the Hyperspace Mountain soft-opening that happened last week-end, but a very strange one as no visual effects were working and riders had to agree that the ride will happen in total blackness! I suspect they did this both to test the new trains and to train Space Mountain cast-members to precisely these new trains, and may be also to keep the exclusivity of the discovery of Hyperspace Mountain for guest of the Star Wars evenings on May 5 and 6.  Anyway, the soft-opening happened and Hyperspace Mountain will start for real on May 7, i..e in two days from now but thanks to the Star Wars evenings today and tomorrow we may have ride videos before it actually officially open!

Inside, the terrible posters of the planets disappeared to make room for posters with the spaceships of the Star Wars universe. Minimalist changes, partly because of the layout of the building.

During the Soft Opening, guests also discovered a new «Space Mountain : Mission 2» video presentation of security measures. This new presentation is much better than the previous one with a true Steampunck atmosphere and Visual effects that works. The fact that it is a "Mission 2" video probably also shows that Hyperspace Mountain is temporary.

Here’s a first look at the new decor of the boarding room, with Star Wars colors on the new banners for «Hyperspace Mountain: Rebel Mission».

The new Vekoma trains, the "MK-1212", were of course the reason for our coming to this soft-opening. What can we say? The seat is better, the on-board audio system is latest generation and promises an amazing sound. New harnesses make us forget the head who was previously knocking like a punching ball. The ride now happen smoothly. Some may find the new harness system not comfortable for breathing, but to avoid this make sure when you move in to don't tighten the harness up upon you at its maximum, you will be very well hold on your seat anyway. One thing is sure, the experience is much better with these new trains. About the trains theming, Max think it’s perfect, inspired by Jules Verne and the land steampunk theme, all present. Even the colors of the trains who can surprise because they don't match the ones on Space Mountain dome, but it's quickly forgotten between the Columbia cannon icon on the harness, the Sun design from the Cannon and all others designs reminding the style of the land. In resume, the new trains and the quality of the experience is superior to the previous trains. The use of this Vekoma MK-1212 train should be widespread on all these types of Vekoma coaster in others Disney parks in the world.

nHyperspace Mountain will open officially in Discoveryland on May 7 but the first launches with all effects are awaited for tonight and Saturday, so stay tuned to D&M for more about this and first videos!

In the meantime, i remind you that, to celebrate both DLP 25th and D&M 10th anniversaries i've launched the "DLP 25th and D&M 10th Anniversaries Special Offer" for the Disneyland Paris "From Sketch to Reality" book ( De L'Esquisse à la Création en français ) and it's a chance for you to get this gorgeous 320 pages book at the best price ever!

You'll hardly find a better gift for a Disneyland Paris fan so don't miss it as it is the last copies of the book which will not be reprinted!
Note in French for the French readers: Il reste 30 Exemplaires de l'édition Collector française qui ne sera PAS rééditée car c'était une édition limitée à 2000 exemplaires, donc ne tardez pas pour passer votre commande en m'envoyant un email à:

The Special Offer is for both the English updated edition or the French collector's edition and the English edition is at 60€ / $65 ( instead of 85€ ) and the French Collector Edition is at 75€ ( instead of 100€ ). In both cases the shipping worldwide is 22€ ( $24 ).  Shipping takes 3-4 days for France, 10-15 days to European countries, 2 to 3 weeks for countries outside Europe. Sorry for what may seem a high shipping cost but the package with the book is heavy ( 2,5 Kgs ) and the French post office also increased its prices. We also ship the books in the best box you've ever seen for a book to make sure they arrive in good condition, and this has a cost.

Usually the Special Offer includes a great additional surprise gift, but because we celebrate two anniversaries, this new special offer will include TWO great surprise gifts ( and believe me, you'll be VERY happy to get them! )!

Special note to buyers with a shipping address in Italy or Belgium : For shipments to Belgium or Italy, the shipping cost is 29 €.

To place your order please send an email to: Please let me know in your email if you want the english or french edition!

You can pay with Paypal by sending the full amount - including shipping - by Paypal to: or you can use the Paypal buttons below. ( make sure to choose the right button for the rich edition ). Thanks to confirm me by email or in your Paypal payment which edition you want ( english or french ). Also note that the Paypal button includes an additional discount for those who want to order 2 or 3 copies instead of one.

If you do NOT have a Paypal account you can pay by credit card, or bank transfer, just send me an email about it at: and i will let you know how to do.

Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality Book ENGLISH Edition

Livre Disneyland Paris De L'Esquisse à la Création Ed FRANCAISE

Those of you who have never seen the book will find below a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book AND you can see more pictures on the book website HERE

Although you've probably heard about this beautiful book, many of you may have never seen a copy of it. So we've done a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book! The book includes 750 pictures of the park, including 250 gorgeous renderings of Walt Disney Imagineering and stunning pictures of the park seen from above. The book is so big that it took us seven and a half minutes to show you the full book, and that's without stopping turning each pages! So, if you want to have a closer look at a page don't hesitate to stop the video!

Pictures: copyright DLPWelcome, Disney


Tom said...

The trains look great, I really like them!

But is the name "Rebel Mission" anywhere to be seen in the attraction? It seems they are going for the Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain name?

Alain Littaye said...

The name is only on the sign at the entrance, as it will be easier to change in the future once Hyperspace mountain will stop.

Xavier said...

Once again with DLP make-overs for its 25th anniversary, it's a mix bag.

The new trains are quite smooth. The restrain that is another thing. It glue you to the back of the seat so you can't move anymore. Too bad when you like a little space to enjoy the airtime...

They used to be glorious. All beautifull silver with some golden & cooper on some details. Pictures show define jarring IMHO.

The make-over of the ride not really convincing. More than half of the ride is in darkness.
The experience is much more successfull in HK SM as the slower pace & additionnal screens make it work.

So the main positive change is John Williams iconic music.
Please note that spoken text is in French.
So it's more La Guerre des étoiles than Star Wars... ^-^