Disneyland’s 2011 April Fools prank

This morning, riders of Disneyland’s Space Mountain received quite a surprise. In honor of April Fool’s Day, Disney Imagineers replaced the attraction’s iconic rocking soundtrack with a specially modified version of Rebecca Black’s popular ballad “Friday.”

Said an Imagineer we managed to corner as he attempted to flee a screaming mob:

This might seem silly or flighty, but believe it or not we’ve been working on this for weeks. There’s more to it than just replacing the song, because the music has to be carefully synchronized with the attraction in order to make it effective, and the duration of the attraction varies with the weight of the individual ride vehicle. The “Wake up in the morning” verse occurs during the initial lift, moving into “Kickin’ in the front seat” as the descent begins. It really gets moving around “Crusin’ so fast, I want time to fly,” and just gets more awesome from there until you hit “Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday” in the brake tunnel. When you think about it, it’s really poetry in motion. Literally. Because it’s a poem and you’re moving.

This is definitely the best thing we’ve done since we Rickrolled the Lincoln robot.

The modified attraction will continue to operate for the rest of the day. If you have a chance to ride it, leave your review in the comments!

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