Space Mountain is by far my favorite roller-coaster at Walt Disney World. It is the original WDW roller-coaster. It has a great queue, wonderful theming, and sharp turns. It is one of the biggest eye-catchers in Magic Kingdom park. It’s distinct cone-like design with spires on top really stands out. It only reaches 27 mph, but it makes up for it with sharp turns and sudden drops in the dark.
This ride was planned by Walt Disney after the success of the Matterhorn at Disneyland. Walt Disney planned it with 4 tracks, but due to his death, and WDW going over budget, they had to downsize the plan to 2 tracks. After WDW’s opening, the imagineers realized that there was no thrill ride in the Magic Kingdom. So four years after the opening of Magic Kingdom, Space Mountain opened. January 15 of this year was the fortieth anniversary of the ride.
The queue of this ride is one of the best in all of WDW. Upon entering, you pass by several grey balls, that are supposed to represent moon-rocks. You then pass several interactive games. 3D screens show planets and what looks like the roller-coasters going past. Once past that, you continue down the tunnel, past windows through which you can see riders blasting off in their rockets. A cast member then directs you into one of two lines, which go to their respective tracks.
Once in your rocket, you ease into a tunnel where launch instructions are given. You then proceed to the launch bay. Flashing blue lights come at you at increasing speed, to simulate speeding up and blasting off. At the end of this tunnel, get ready for the PhotoPass picture. You then go up a hill, passing astronauts and a spaceship. Look closely and sometimes you can see the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover passing by.
You are now ready for fun; the actual roller coaster. The almost complete darkness helps the ride feel faster than it is, with sudden drops and fast turns. The only light comes from stars twinkling above and the occasional wormhole. Space Mountain, in my opinion, has some of the best effects and atmosphere of all the rides in WDW. The “stars” are placed so well all around that you feel like you really have blasted off into space.
Space Mountain at Walt Disney World is my favorite roller-coaster by far. Nothing can compare to it; not even the Disneyland version. I will talk more about Disneyland’s Space Mountain later; and how it falls short. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinerest, and if you are a follower of our old site (https://secondstartotherightdisneyblog.wordpress.com/) switch over and follow us here.