Space Mountain is a thrilling, outer-space themed roller coaster ride in the dark. Originally debuting at Disneyland in 1975, Space Mountain can be found at every Disney park around the world.
About The Ride
Walt Disney World’s Space Mountain can be found at the Magic Kingdom in innovative Tomorrowland. The ride takes place entirely indoors and is housed a giant, futuristic looking mountain.
The ride queue winds through several corridors that appear to be part of a space station. You’ll walk through several sectors before reaching the main room of the queue, where you are divided into two lines for tracks Alpha or Omega.
The two tracks are mirror images of one another with the only difference being one turns left and one turns right. The rockets pass through several strobe tunnels along the way and you can catch glimpses of other “astronauts” speeding along around you.
Not Your Typical Rollercoaster
The ride itself could be considered somewhat tame by roller coaster standards. Space Mountain’s rockets only reach speeds of about 28 miles per hour (Big Thunder Mountain Railroad can hit 30 miles per hour). What makes this ride seem so intense is the short drops, quick turns, lighting effects and a loud soundtrack. Space Mountain is actually a Wild Mouse roller coaster but you’d only realize this if you were to see the track with the lights on!
If you have ridden Space Mountain at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, you may have noticed one big difference. The Disneyland version of the ride allows passengers to sit side by side, where Walt Disney World’s rockets seat you one behind the other. As you board the rockets, take note of the speaker system in the headrest. You’ll spot a classic hidden Mickey.
When To Ride
If you don’t have a FastPass+ for Space Mountain, try to experience it first thing in the morning. Head right to Tomorrowland at rope drop to find the shortest lines of the day. If you are quick, you may be able to sneak in a second trip through space before the wait time is more than 20 minutes.
The stand-by line has a series of space themed interactive games to keep you entertained while you wait. Each game lasts about 90 seconds and can accommodate up to 86 players at a time.
Height restriction: must be 44”
Duration of ride: 2 minutes 30 seconds
Fastpass+ available: yes, and recommended
May be too intense for small children
I have been a huge fan of this roller coast since Gen and I rode it 7 times in a row during our teen years. It’s always on my to-do list when I visit Magic Kingdom and I’m willing to spend a FastPass+ to ensure I don’t have to wait long to ride. I once lost a sailor hat on this ride.
I feel as if the older I get the rougher this ride gets. That never keeps me from climbing aboard of course. Space Mountain is a Disney favorite that must be experienced by any roller coaster lover or theme park fan.
- Be sure to get a Fastpass+ for this attraction to avoid longer wait times during the busy season.
- Rider swap is available and you will find a “chicken exit” near the front of the queue for astronauts who change their mind about riding.
- The stand-by line is a great place to cool off on a hot day. Since the entire line is indoors, you’ll escape the sun as you wait to ride.