Ride the world’s first fully indoor roller coaster!
The idea of a space themed roller coaster was actually conceived by Walt Disney himself after the success of the Matterhorn Bobsleds that opened at Disneyland Park.
Guests experience Space Mountain in rocket-shaped vehicles with individual front-to-back style seating. There are three seats per rocket with two connected rockets experiencing the ride linked together.
Each individual padded bucket seat is fixed very low to the floor of the rocket with an individual lap bar. Larger guests may find the lap bar uncomfortable as it fits low and snug over a guest’s lap.
The ride is actually two entirely separate roller coasters that are intertwined with each other inside the mountain. After climbing the 90-foot lift you enter the mountain where you’ll see projections of Earth, stars, comets, meteors and asteroids as your train navigates sharp turns, sudden drops and unexpected surprises in almost complete darkness.
- In 1975, it cost the Walt Disney Company $18 million to build Space Mountain. Back in 1955, it cost $17 million to build the entirety of Disneyland.
- The Steepest slope is 39 degrees.
- Gordon Cooper was an astronaut who called to help design Space Mountain.
- It is the first roller coaster to be run by computers.
- Space Mountain is designed to operate with a maximum of 13 trains per track.
- It is 183 feet tall and 300 feet around.
- Walking by you may notice that structural beams were placed outside. This is to give a smooth appearance inside for the stars and lighting.
- Space Mountain joined the ranks of rides like “It’s a Small World” in that you could find it at every single Disney park around the world. But unlike “It’s a Small World,” each Space Mountain is unique to its theme park.