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10 Mind Blowing Facts and Experiences About Walt Disney World’s Space Mountain

There is so much to say about Space Mountain. It is a roller coaster that is great for people who may not like super extreme roller coasters. This in the dark ride takes you on a journey through space. With its twists and turns, you won’t know which direction you’re going next. Here are ten facts and experiences regarding Space Mountain.

10) When It All Started

Space Mountain came to life on January 15, 1975. It is located in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom. It was probably a pretty strange concept to some when it first opened, but obviously it is extremely popular, since it is still a favorite ride for many Walt Disney World guests over three decades later.

9) History

Many people don’t know this, but Space Mountain is the oldest operating roller coaster in Florida. It makes sense that Walt Disney World would be the place to have this popular ride. Generations in the past and generations to come will all be able to take part in this awesome adventure.

8) Random Facts

Space Mountain has 30 two-car trains for the ride. There are two separate tracks and only 13 trains will run at a time. There are six guests per train. There is no single rider line.

7) Height Requirement

As it is with many Walt Disney World rides, there is a height requirement to ride Space Mountain. You must be 44 inches or taller to ride. Walt Disney World cares about safety and they have these requirements for a reason. Please don’t take it out on the Cast Members if your child is not tall enough to ride, they are just doing their job.

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6) 180 Feet

Yes, you read that correctly. Space Mountain goes up to 180 feet. Looking at the outside of the building, that may be hard to believe. With the dips, twists, and turns you won’t know which direction you’re going, plus it’s all in the dark.

5) Not a Roller Coaster Fan?

Maybe you’re not a roller coaster fan, but you still are curious about what the inside of Space Mountain looks like. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover could then be a great option for you. The PeopleMover takes you inside of parts of Space Mountain without having to go on a high-speed adventure.

4) If You’re Bored in Line…

Walt Disney World knows that Wait Times can get long, so Space Mountain has an interactive queue. They have games in line that 86 players can play at a time. That way, you and your group can be training before actually going off into outer space.

3) FastPass+

If you’re trying to plan a trip to Walt Disney World, FastPass+ is going to be something that you will want to take full advantage of. Wait Tines for Space Mountain can get extremely long, especially during the busy times of year. Walt Disney World resort guests can make their FastPass+ selections 60 days in advance, while non-resort guests can make their selections 30 days in advance.

2) Go First Thing in the Morning

If you weren’t able to grab a FastPass+ for Space Mountain, then it is a good ride to head to first thing in the morning. As earlier said, the Wait Times can get quite long. Space Mountain is definitely a ride you will not want to miss, especially if you’ve never ridden it before.

1) Rider Switch

If you’re at Walt Disney World with a little one who is maybe too short or too scared to ride, Space Mountain does have a Rider Switch option. The free service will allow the members of your party (who meet the height requirement) to ride in shifts, without having to get in line twice. Ask a Cast Member at the ride’s entrance for more information.

About Tricia Kennedy

Tricia Kennedy lives in Orlando and loves having Walt Disney World pretty much in her backyard. She can be found at Disney several times a week. She will often stop by a park for an hour or two, but she also enjoys spending a whole day there with her friends. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Tricia especially enjoys Star Wars Weekends and has ridden Star Tours over 200 times. Tricia's other favorite thing is Disney's BoardWalk, where she can often be found taking a walk or watching the nightly street performers.