E - Headliner/Super Headliner
44 inches (112 cm)
For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure.
Supervise children at all times.
Space Mountain is a classic roller coaster that takes guest from ignition to a trip through space and re-entry. The iconic white mountain is 183 feet tall and houses two nearly identical tracks.
Space Mountain is a thrilling high-speed, turbulent roller coaster-type ride in the dark that includes sharp turns, sudden drops and stops.
Located in the very back of Tomorrowland, to the right of the former Tomorrowland Arcade.
Teenagers and young adults.
Times Guide – Opening/Closing
This attraction opens with the park.
Space Mountain is one of the high demand Fastpass+ reservations in the park. Same day availability will be limited and guests will typically save at least 30 minutes using Fastpass+ even on low crowd days.
Before you Ride
The attraction takes place entirely in the dark. Additionally, because the seats on the vehicle are in close proximity to the track, guests that experience back pain may wish to avoid this attraction.
The queue for Space Mountain begins inside Starport Seven-Five, "Your Gateway to the Galaxies." Starport Seven-Five is a reference to the year the attraction opened, 1975. Silver railings lead guests toward the attraction through a long dark hallway. The hallway descends before ascending once again, the purpose of this is to go beneath the train tracks that circle the park. Space Mountain sits outside the ring of the Walt Disney World Railroad.
Images along the walls in the queue include destinations within our solar system that Starport Seven-Five services. Additional destinations are also visible in similar photos along the queue. A selection of other destinations include Nebula and other planets.
After these images, a series of interactive games are timed to allow multiple guests to compete against one another and pass time in the queue. The games are space themed in nature and are largely shooting based.
Beyond the games, the queue continues past an attraction warning video to the merge point. Here, a cast member will instruct guests to go to the Alpha or Omega tracks (Alpha is on the left, Omega is on the right). Typically, Fastpass+ is directed to the Omega track while Standby is directed to the Alpha track. Depending on the wait time, guests will entire a series of switchbacks before approaching the load area.
Above the switchbacks is a starfield ceiling that is unique to the load area. Prior to the 2009 refurbishment, this area was open to the attraction.
The vehicles for Space Mountain are low-slung "rockets". Each train features two rockets and each rocket features three guests in a single row of seating. The vehicles sit low to the track which result in the attraction seeming faster than it actually is.
When exiting the attraction, guests re-enter Tomorrowland through an extended "speed ramp". The ramp passes by several futuristic dioramas as well as a scene where the guests can be viewed on a futuristic back drop.
The dioramas offer subtle references to the three destinations at the conclusion of the extinct Horizons attraction:
- Mesa Verde
- Brava Centauri
- Sea Castle Resort
The post show begins with a Baggage Claim area / "Lost and Found Redistribution System". One of the bags features a travel sticker that reads, "Mesa Verde". Past the Baggage Claim area is a robot manning the "Tomorrowland Station MK-1 Command Center."
A monitor in the first scene encourages guests to "Explore Mercury Peak Intergalactic Park". The next scene is a desert environment that is a subtle nod to the Mesa Verde destination from Horizons. The monitor inside this scene advises guests to "Enjoy Hover Camping and Hyper Spelunking at Crater Caverns".
The next location is an undersea environment, a reference to the Sea Castle Resort destination from Horizons. This diorama features a monitor encouraging guests to, "Dive the Coral Moons of Pisces 7," as they travel, "20,000 Light Years Under the Sea".
The final destination appears to be a futuristic kitchen in space, this is intended to be a reference to the Brava Centauri destination from Horizons. There also appears to be homages to the Progress City model as well. Part of that model can be found along the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover attraction. The monitors inside this diorama read, "Find luxury that's out of this galaxy" and "Constellations The City of Stars".
Following the dioramas, signage welcomes guests to "Blast Off With Us Again Soon". Guests can view themselves on a series of televisions superimposed in front of a selection of different futuristic landscapes. In 2016, guests could also see their names on the monitors as part of the Magic Band integration.
The premise of the attraction is that guests have arrived at Spaceport Seven-Five and are planning on a trip through space.
At the load area, a series of signs light up as guests are boarding the rocket. The sequence is as follows:
- Rocket Arriving
- Prepare to Board
- Lower Gravity Bars
- Secure Personal Cargo
- Check Invisible Oxygen Dome
- Initiating Launch Sequence
- Rocket Ready
The attraction leaves the load area and turns down a dark hallway with a short drop. The drop leads into a blue light tunnel that appears to be a dead end. The rocket turns sharply at the end of the tunnel into the main lift hill/launch.
The rockets ascend the lift hill as astronauts are standing upside down on the X-1 spacecraft. The X-1 reference ties the attraction to Mission: SPACE in Epcot, where guests board the X-2 Space Shuttle. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover track passes by the Space Mountain track during this ascent and signs along the ride path countdown the seconds until launch.
At the top of the lift hill, the rocket continues it's travels straight into the darkness through a series of turns and hills. A musical score written by Mike Brassell can be heard through a series of off ride speakers. These speakers also play a selection of sound effects during the ride.
After a few turns, the vehicles return for a quick pass through the launch station before additional turns and drops. Starfield projections as well as other space themed projections can be seen on the dome above.
Finally, the rockets turn into a red re-entry tunnel before reaching the unload area.
- January 15, 1975-1993: RCA
- 1994-January 23, 2004: FedEx
- Currently: None
In 1989, the vehicles changed from 2 extended seats per rocket to 3 individual seats per rocket. Previously, two smaller guests could fit in a single seat.
As a roller coaster in the dark, the attraction is similar to Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, but it is not as intense. From an intensity standpoint, it is often regarded as slightly more intense than Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, largely because of the darkness.
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4950 North World Dr.
- Original Ride Engineer (Imagineering): Bill Watkins