Space Mountain

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Type
Roller Coaster
Level
E - Headliner/Super Headliner
Height Requirement
44 inches (112 cm)
Fastpass
Fastpass+
Status
Opened
Disney Warning
Supervise children at all times.

ABOUT

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.

STORY

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.

TECHNICAL NOTES

The attraction has a top speed of 27 miles per hour

DISNEY DESCRIPTION

Space Mountain is a thrilling high-speed, turbulent roller coaster-type ride in the dark that includes sharp turns, sudden drops and stops.

APPEALS TO

Teenagers and young adults.

TIMES GUIDE - OPENING/CLOSING

This attraction opens with the park.

FASTPASS+ NOTES

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.

QUEUE NOTES

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.

VEHICLE DESCRIPTIONS

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.

SPONSORS

  • January 15, 1975-1993: RCA
  • 1994-January 23, 2004: FedEx
  • Currently: None

HISTORICAL NOTES

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.

SIMILAR ATTRACTIONS


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.

SIGNIFICANT PERSONNEL

  • Original Ride Engineer (Imagineering): Bill Watkins
  • Creative Consultant to Imagineering: Gordon Cooper (Astronaut)

VIDEOS

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PHOTO GALLERIES