I have been reading this thread with great interest.
For those of you who dont know me, my names Colin, a Admin over on Crazy Gangs, and I am a massive Disneyland Paris fan, own shares in the place and have a Passeport Annuel Dream (or Dream Annual Pass if you prefer :P) and make about 5 or 6 trips there a year!
A lot of what has been said in this thread is true, however Dive, out of interest have you seen anywhere official that has stated about the 2012-2014 investments? I have read a lot of rumours but not seen anything that looks like it could be solid yet? I not sure if they could make plans that far in advance solely because of their financial situation, only reason they have made the announcements for 06-08 is because of the extra €250million funding they are receiving through the new share offering. They need to make the money before they can start planning for anything after that, I would personally say anything after 2008 is just rumour/wishful thinking (Dont get me wrong, i'd love to see it LOL)
Also not aware of any changes to the Space Mountain at WDW, admitedly I dont follow that park as closely as DLP but usually I hear about it some how, as for Disneyland in Anaheim, the ride is being completely rebuilt, though the track layout is staying the same (it was originally going to be the same as our track in paris, but then they changed their minds and decided to keep their current layout) this time the track is being build with the on-board speakers in mind. My understand with regards to them replacing the track in California is that they had to as the weight of the on board speakers they added to the existing trains had damaged the track faster than they expected. Space Mountain in Anaheim is due to re-open in November this year I believe, as part of the parks 50th Anniversary Celebrations :D (I am expecting to go to Anaheim June this year, Can't wait!)
What I am most looking forward to about mission 2 is seeing the Cannon being returned to its former glory, with the smoke start and moving parts, I didnt get to see the ride in its early years and this is something I regret :( I never got to ride it being launched from the bottom. Incidentally, in my mind if being launched from the bottom, the ride would be shorter not longer would it not? And the latest I heard on the music was that its going to be mostly the same, though is currently being tweaked to fit with the new timing, that is just a rumour, probably one of the things we wont know til April 9th (when, incidentally I intend to be there, anyone else going for the opening of the ride?)
Some of the effects you are describing for mission 2 sound awesome. I hope they are all true and will be incorporated into the ride. I'm hoping the rumour of new trains is true, again have you seen it confirmed anywhere. I have to admit, I am a little sceptical, though I remain hopeful, to ride without having my head banged will be such a treat :D
Nice to see that there is someone who seems as passionate about DLP in the Uk as I am, in the Uk I think its quite a rarity! You seem to be quite well informed DiveMaster, do you post on any DLP message boards?