Wednesday proved to be an unforgettable day for Disneyland Park guests visiting Tomorrowland, as they encountered a startling transformation of the iconic Space Mountain ride. Prepared for a classic ride or perhaps the occasional Star Wars-themed Hyperspace Mountain overlay, visitors instead found themselves face-to-face with an entirely new Space Mountain experience.

Walt Disney Imagineering is known for its dedication to keeping attractions fresh and engaging, with Space Mountain seeing updates at Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and even a planned transformation at Tokyo Disneyland aimed for 2027. Yet, the unexpected change caught even the most seasoned Disney enthusiasts off guard. Reports throughout Reddit, particularly from user u/rosariobono, highlighted a digital sign at the ride’s entrance displaying the title “Rockit Mountain,” leading to widespread curiosity and excitement.

For many, Rockit Mountain may ring a bell. This concept, originally introduced as part of a Grad Night event in 2006, never saw the light of day for the general public. Intended to be a nighttime-only facade featuring an electrifying soundtrack by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, it aimed to offer a “rocking” version of the ride full of intense lighting and enhanced audio effects. Despite the short-lived run and subsequent transition to “Rockin’ Space Mountain,” the memories of this unique overlay continue to be cherished.

This latest development has sparked a flurry of memories among Disney Parks fans. Reddit user u/freyakitty fondly recalled the experience, saying, “I rode [it] probably 100 times and it has been the soundtrack in my mind ever since!” Another user, u/keanovan, noted the significance of having experienced both Rockin’ Space Mountain and its secluded cousin, Rockin’ California Screamin’, before rebranding changes, quipping, “Likely we won’t see this happen again, as Screamin’ is now Incredicoaster.”

As this unexpected change continues to create buzz, Disneyland’s latest surprise serves as a reminder of Disney’s enduring commitment to innovation and captivating experiences. Have you had the chance to notice any quirky or surprising updates at Disneyland or Walt Disney World? Share your thoughts and memories in the comments below—we can’t wait to hear from you!