Fact check: Will Disney’s Space Mountain run with lights permanently on? Viral article debunked

A representative image of a roller coaster. (Image via Unsplash)
A representative image of a roller coaster (Representative image via Unsplash)

On June 15, a claim emerged online that Disney’s iconic Space Mountain roller coaster will run with its lights on. The Mouse Trap News first made this claim in one of its articles, alleging that the famed ride, which usually operates in complete darkness, would run illuminated henceforth.

The publication reported that Disney took the decision in the aftermath of an accident, in which a man’s hands were allegedly ripped off by the ride. However, the claim has turned out to be false.

The Mouse Trap News article was meant as satire. Neither did any mishap occur nor is Disney going to operate its Space Mountain with the lights on.

A snapshot of the Mouse Trap News article which turned out to be fake (Image via Mouse Trap News)
A snapshot of the Mouse Trap News article which turned out to be fake (Image via Mouse Trap News)

Mouse Trap News website’s 'About' page and its TikTok bio both describe their contents as “satire,” meant solely for the purpose of entertainment.

“Mouse Trap News is the world's best satire and parody site. We write fake stories about Disney Parks stuff. From Disney Park announcements to Disney Hotel and resort news to made-up Disney partnerships, you can be assured that anything you read here is not true, real, or accurate, but it is fun,” the description reads.

Disney’s Space Mountain will not keep the lights on permanently

Over the weekend, Mouse Trap News published a story claiming that Disney’s famous roller coaster Space Mountain would run with the lights on. The article, titled Space Mountain Will Keep the Lights Permanently, began by alleging that a person lost his hands on the ride, which is why Disney has henceforth "decided to keep the lights on inside the attraction."

The article further went on to claim that a similar accident happened two years back when a man lost his hands while riding a roller coaster in late 2022. Since then, Disney allegedly kept the lights on to ensure the safety of the riders.

A sneak peek at the Mouse Trap News 'About' page (Image via Mouse Trap News)
A sneak peek at the Mouse Trap News 'About' page (Image via Mouse Trap News)

Mouse Trap News continued by alleging that Disney eventually turned the lights off when no more injuries were reported and complaints began pouring in. It claimed that in the wake of the recent mishap, Disney has planned to keep the lights on permanently, leading to speculation whether the ride would undergo a theme change.

Towards the end, the article also reported that since outer space is "dark" and the Space Mountain is based on it, the original theme no longer makes sense. However, it claimed that it was still unknown which ride might replace it.

The publication mentioned that if Disney didn't come up with a "good re-theme", it would face a similar backlash as when Tiana's Bayou Adventure ride underwent a theme alteration. It also claimed that people are demanding that Disney rebuild the ride to avoid future injuries, as re-theme doesn’t solve underlying safety issues.

Besides the article, Mouse Trap News also shared the story on its TikTok where it earned over 600,000 views and 30,000 likes and triggered concerns among people.

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However, both the article and the social media post have turned out to be fabricated and fake.

Notably, this is not the first time Mouse Trap News has published such a story. Previously, in January 2023, it ran a similar article and claimed that in the wake of an accident, Disney would operate Space Mountain with the lights on for the first time. That too turned out to be false.

Edited by Ahana Mukhopadhyay
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