[QUOTE=jo-jo;988134]Any reason why you think this? I’ve never really kept track of rehabs. Do they usually run late?[/QUOTE]
I have yet to read anywhere exactly how extensive the refurb is.
However, in the coaster community it has been suggested that they are doing a complete track replacement. This would be a complete rebuild of the ride.
If that is the case, look at how long it took Disneyland’s Space Mountain to reopen in 2005 (even taking into account they delayed official reopening until July 17 to coincide with the 50th birthday).
MK’s Space Mountain closed in mid April and I can’t help but believe a deep refurb which adds all sorts of new on ride effects and a major rebuild, if not an outright replacement, of all the trains will be done in only 6 months including all testing and fine tuning of all new systems. And if the track is also replaced, this means that all new control systems will also have to be factored in.
That’s why I’m sure it will be February before there is a hard reopen of Space Mountain.