Space Mountain is an indoor roller coaster located in Tomorrowland at Disneyland at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
The attraction opened on May 27, 1977, as the second incarnation of the Space Mountain concept, the first version having opened at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom in 1975.
Space Mountain features 2 rocket-shaped vehicles consisting of 3 seats per vehicle that blast off from 2 separate tracks. Guests sit by themselves in the ride vehicle; there is no side-by-side seating and the duration of the ride is just under 3 minutes.
On Space Mountain, you’ll ride past stars, satellites and pure darkness as you venture into deep space. While you’re whizzing through the universe, catch glimpses of new solar systems, undiscovered galaxies and speeding comets.
- Walt Disney actually thought of Space Mountain’s concept in the 1960s, but the technology needed did not yet exist.
- Space Mountain was designed by John Hench, an employee of the Walt Disney Company for more than 60 years. Hench was also the official artist of Mickey Mouse, he painted versions for Mickey’s 25th, 50th, and 75th birthdays.
- Because of its height, the attraction was built 15 feet under ground to ensure that it did not overpower the rest of the park’s attractions and to comply with Anaheim building codes.
- Space Mountain’s building is 200 feet in diameter and 118 feet high and has the capacity to put nearly 2,000 people an hour on its adventure through space.
- Seasonal overlays bring diversity and exciting change to Space Mountain which continues to add to its popularity. During Halloween Time, Space Mountain is often transformed into Ghost Galaxy. The attraction uses projections of a large, foreboding space ghost that chases guests through the ride.