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Oct 11

Disney “Traveling Around The World”- Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland – Part 5 – Space Mountain

 

Welcome back “World” Travelers! I hope you enjoyed our last journey that took us on a classic trip back in time in Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. I can’t think of a better follow-up than a trip into space on “Space Mountain“!

The year was 1975, and all the talk was about Space Mountain. Disney World had been open a little more than 3 years and was proving to be very successful. This was going to be the first thrill ride and the first roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom. Disneyland’s Matterhorn proved that thrill rides did have a place at Disney parks.

Space Mountain is an indoor outer space-themed steel roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom. It opened on January 15, 1975, and is the original version of the iconic attraction that is now included in all the Disney theme parks worldwide. I always tell people that it’s not the fastest roller coaster I’ve been on, but it’s one of the most thrilling.

The original idea came from Walt Disney himself in 1964. His idea was to have an indoor roller-coaster-style ride in the dark, with lighting and other special effects. He wanted a new attraction for a renovated Tomorrowland planned for Disneyland in 1967, which was originally going to be called Space Voyage. Due to his death and the lack of technology at the time, the idea was shelved. After the success of Disney World and the need for thrill rides to attract a larger age group, the idea was revived and the Imagineers forged ahead.

The Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland had the right amount of available land, and computing technology had improved significantly since the first design phases. Disney took an average roller coaster, put it inside an unusual shaped building, turned off the lights, added a few special effects and before you know it, a timeless classic was born.

When you enter Space Mountain, you find yourself in a dimly lit queue that seems to go on and on and on. As you near the Space Port (loading area), you can hear shrieks from the space travelers on the ride. When you finally reach the loading platform, you will board six-passenger rockets, seated single-file, for your journey into space. Slowly, your vehicle makes its way into a tunnel of strobe lights and colors. You are then thrust into the darkness of space on a roller coaster that dips and swerves through the galaxy, past shooting stars and glowing planets! While you are on your journey you will experience an “enhanced audio experience” that plays on 60 speakers that play a fast paced musical track. The entire ride lasts two and a half minutes with peak speeds of 28 miles per hour. But you will feel like you’re going so much faster!

This is another one of those magical attractions. If you have not had the pleasure of riding Space Mountain yet, just know that magical is the only way to explain it. The combination of being on a roller coaster, in the dark, listening to a great fast-paced sound track, and experiencing great special effects can be explained in no other way.This is one of my favorite attractions and one I never tire of. Be warned it ‘s one of the most popular attractions at the Magic Kingdom. Lines can get very long, so be sure to take advantage of Fastpasses if you can or head here first thing in the morning. Also, You must be at least 44 inches tall to ride Space Mountain. Enjoy the ride and see ya next time fellow travelers!

 

 

 

 

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