Space Mountain | Disney World
If there is one flagship ride at the Magic Kingdom, it would have to be Space Mountain. Disney World’s version of Space Mountain (there are FIVE Space Mountains throughout the world) is without a doubt one of the more popular rides in the MK, and can be a tough ticket during busy times of the year.
We will look at three aspects of Space Mountain. First, we’ll take a look at the history behind Space Mountain. Second, we’ll give you a brief overview of the ride itself. Finally, we’ll give you some tips on how to best fit Space Mountain into your Magic Kingdom touring plan and avoid the long lines!
Space Mountain History
As previously mentioned, there are now 5 Space Mountain’s worldwide. However, the ride originated at the Magic Kingdom, opening in 1975. The actual idea for Space Mountain appears to have originated from Walt Disney himself! In 1964, Walt expressed the idea for a futuristic roller coaster that took place “in the dark”, with lighting and other sound effects. The technology and limited space at Disneyland made that dream impossible at the time.
However, when the Disney World resort successfully opened, it was realized that there was plenty of room for this ride in the new park, and construction began.
Space Mountain is basically an indoor roller coaster with the lights out. If you haven’t ridden this ride, I would advise that you be very careful and cautious. Keep your head firmly pressed back, as you can strain your neck due to the fact that you often don’t know which way the roller coaster is going to go. Those warnings aside, the lights being out is the entire mystique. The roller coaster itself, while fast, wouldn’t be nearly as popular without the ambience. But as it stands, it’s easily the most thrilling ride in all of the Magic Kingdom. A trip to Disney wouldn’t be complete without trying this one out!
Due to the ride being in Tomorrowland, the ride has been newly re-designed to create a more modern, futuristic look. When you walk in, you’ll notice a number of games to the left side of the waiting areas that passengers can play while waiting. Hopefully you’ll never wait that long (see below)!
Space Mountain Tips
This ride is incredibly popular and fills up fast. If you want to go on it with no wait, you basically need to go there first thing when the park opens. However, it is FastPass eligible, and going straight to Space Mountain isn’t necessarily our recommended plan of action.
I would recommend getting a Fastpass for Space Mountain quite early in the morning. It probably will be your second fastpass of the day. Try to knock out as much of Fantasyland as possible first, as that area will become unbearable by mid-day. Yes, Space Mountain will be full later too, but you can plan around the wait at Space Mountain.
If you can’t get to the park until mid-day, there are two options. First, just get a traditional fastpass, and wait until your time arrives. Especially during the busy season, this FP can be for HOURS in advance, so keep that in mind.
Second, you can attempt to ride Space Mountain during the parades and fireworks. This is often a good time to tour Disney World, as the majority of guests want to see these events. The final minutes before park closing are also another good time to ride, as the guests traditionally make a mass exodus after the firework show.
Mousehints Tip for Optimal Space Mountain experience: Just get there early. If you arrive early, the wait will be under 20 minutes, even after you’ve completed fantasyland. The bulk of crowds at the Magic Kingdom don’t arrive until after 11, so you will be safe. This is the most popular ride in the park, so get there early, get it done, and then possibly you can have another turn right before park closing.
Space Mountain Info
- Height Requirement is 44 inches
- Ride is FastPass and Fastpass Plus eligible
- Rider Switch passes are available
Do you enjoy Space Mountain? Let us know about any tips or experiences below!
By: Ryan Shade