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This Day in Disney History: Space Mountain: Mission 2 Blasts Off

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Space Mountain: Mission 2 debuted at Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France on April 9, 2005.

Space Mountain: Mission 2

The attraction originally opened as Space Mountain: De la Terre a la Lune in the Discoveryland area of the park June 1, 1995. It was re-imagined in time for the attraction’s tenth anniversary in 2005, reopening as Space Mountain: Mission 2, complete with enhanced special effects and a new soundtrack.

The attraction at Disneyland Paris was the fourth of five Space Mountain attractions to open at Disney theme parks around the world. The first debuted at Magic Kingdom Park in 1975, then Disneyland in 1977, and Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. Hong Kong Disneyland has since added a Space Mountain in September 2005.


  • ‘Mission 2’ is a great ride but I still miss ‘De la Terre a la Lune’; the theming was near to perfect, storytelling at its’very best…and the music had an emotional impact that is still unmatched. Mission 2 lacks all that and never is as exciting and magical as its’predecessor. I hope one day we can make the journey to the moon again in Jules Verne-Style….

  • Rode it on a trip in 1998 but was unable to ride when we returned in 2007 because I was pregnant. Now I have to plan another trip to see Mission 2!

  • THis is the single best ride at the all disney records. Not only in the entire ride “in theme”, but a perfectly synchronized sounds track to go with it. A MUST SEE.

  • Between being launched from a cannon, having inversions, and being the fastest Space Mountain, this is by far my favorite. The Imagineers did a fantastic job on this one.

  • I had a chance to ride this in 2008… I was on an overnight layover in Paris and, being a huge fan of Jules Verne and Disneylands, took a couple hours out to visit the park, walk the Nautilus and ride Space Mountain. I’m just sorry that I missed the original version, which I gather was more influenced by Verne and Georges Melies than the current one, which is more like other Space Mountains around the world.

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