Space Mountain

Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom
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Description

Space Mountain is a dual track, enclosed roller coaster ride, located in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. It underwent a major refurbishment in 2009, click here for details.

Details

FASTPASS: Yes
Height/Age Requirement: At least 44" tall

Capacity: 900-1200 per hour; 2057-2500 if both sides open; 6 guests per rocket
Ride Time: 2.5 minutes
Speed: 28.7mph (depending on weight load)
Ride System: Roller Coaster

Description: Experience a winding, soaring race through space in this roller-coaster-type ride. Secure loose items. NOTE: Guests may bypass the roller coaster and visit RYCA 1 Dream of a New World

Restrictions: Must be at least 44 inches tall to ride.

Since its opening in 1975, Space Mountain has thrilled millions of Magic Kingdom guests on a twisting and plunging "space journey." The popular Walt Disney World Attraction, presented by Federal Express, provides guests with high excitement and delights them with imaginative scenery from the world of space.

PRE-LAUNCH: Entering Space Mountain, windows appear to look out into the universe, providing a sensation of walking through space and the anticipation of a spine-tingling adventure -- a dark ride through space.

BLASTOFF: Guests board six-passenger trains that rocket through tunnels of flickering neon lights, then begin a rapid descent along an intricate and dark track. The spatial-effects lighting, sprinkling the inner-heavens with galaxies of stars, darting meteors and glowing space vehicles, sets the stage for an adventure as close to a cosmic voyage as most people will ever experience.

HISTORY: Space Mountain originated in the early 1960's when Walt Disney conceived the idea of a high-speed thrill attraction based on the imaginative thrust and excitement of the Space Age.

BY THE NUMBERS: Rising to a sloping, cone-shaped peak 183 feet above ground level, Space Mountain contains 4,508,500 cubic feet -- capable of holding a small skyscraper in its interior. The adventure has a base diameter of 300 feet and took two years to build. In basic structure, the mountain is composed of great ribbed slopes -- 72 massive pre-stressed concrete beams forming a gigantic sealed cone. Each of the 74-ton concrete beams was cast near the Space Mountain site and then hoisted into place by mammoth cranes to complete the cone. Each beam is 117 feet long and is 13 feet wide at the bottom and 4 feet wide at the top. Guests are amazed that the maximum speed is 28 mph, because the attraction delivers high-speed thrills.
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