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9 Facts and Secrets About Walt Disney World’s Space Mountain

Walt Disney World Imagineers wanted you to be able to blast off into outer space, so they created Space Mountain. You and your crew will climb into your own rocket ship and go on an adventure like no other. This in the dark roller coaster takes you on twists and turns like nothing else. Here are nine facts and tips about Space Mountain.

9) About the Ride

Space Mountain goes up to 180 feet at launch. This roller coaster is in the dark, but you will see stars all around you. Since you are in the dark you don’t know where you will turn and what will happen next. Adventure lovers will adore this ride, but even some non-roller coaster fans still enjoy Space Mountain.

8) Opening Date

Space Mountain opened on January 15, 1975 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It is located in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park. You can find other versions at Disneyland Resort, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland.

7) Height Requirement

All riders must be 44 inches or taller to ride. Please do not put lifts in your kids’ shoes or argue with the Cast Members about the height requirement. Remember that it is there for your safety and the safety of your children. Safety is always Walt Disney World’s number one priority.

6) Oldest Operating Roller Coaster in Florida

Did you know that Space Mountain is the oldest operating roller coaster in Florida? If you’ve ever been on Space Mountain then you know why it is so popular, and why it’s been around for so long.

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5) Random Facts

Space Mountain has 30 two-car trains. There are two separate tracks, so that means there are 15 for each track. Only 13 run at a time, though. Six guests are able to ride per train. Guests sit single file, so there will not be a rider next to you.

4) PeopleMover

If you’re not one for roller coasters but want to see what the inside of Space Mountain is like, you can take a much more mild trip by riding the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. That train will take you inside Space Mountain without having to blast off into outer space.

3) Great FastPass+ Option

If you are looking for a good choice for your FastPass+, you may want to consider Space Mountain, since lines can get long. If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World resort you can make your FastPass+ reservations 60 days in advance, while non-Disney resort guests can make their FastPass+ reservations 30 days ahead of time.

2) Interactive Queue

If you weren’t able to get a FastPass+ for Space Mountain, don’t worry. The standby line has an interactive queue. The Training Missions are for up to 86 players at a time. It’s easy to play, so even kids who barely make the height requirement will still have fun.

1) Ride Early

Wait Times for Space Mountain are much shorter first thing in the morning. If you do not have a FastPass+ for Space Mountain you may want to head there first. During the busiest times of year a two hour wait in the standby line is not uncommon.

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.