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Description And Comments

Totally enclosed in a mammoth futuristic structure, Space Mountain has always been the Magic Kingdom’s most popular attraction. The theme is a space flight through dark recesses of the galaxy. Effects are superb, and the ride is the fastest and wildest in the Magic Kingdom. As a roller coaster, Space Mountain is much zippier than Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, but much tamer than the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios or Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom.

As a headliner, Space Mountain gets periodic refurbishments to add effects and maintain ride quality—look for special effects during Halloween. Roller-coaster aficionados will tell you (correctly) that Space Mountain is a designer version of the Wild Mouse, a midway ride that’s been around for almost 60 years. There are no long drops or swooping hills as there are on a traditional coaster—only quick, unexpected turns and small drops. Disney’s contribution essentially was to add a space theme to the Wild Mouse and put it in the dark.

An Elburn, Illinois, reader recommends bracing yourself—literally:

They should require you to wear a neck brace on Space Mountain. That ride is painful.

Touring Tips

People who can handle a fairly wild roller-coaster ride will take Space Mountain in stride. What sets Space Mountain apart is that cars plummet through darkness, with only occasional lighting. Half the fun of Space Mountain is not knowing where the car will go next.

Space Mountain is a favorite of many Magic Kingdom visitors ages 7–60. Each morning before opening, particularly during summer and holiday periods, several hundred Space Mountain junkies await the signal to head to the ride’s entrance. To get ahead of the competition, be one of the first in the park. Proceed to the end of Main Street and wait at the entrance to Tomorrowland. Parents touring with children too small to ride can take advantage of Rider Switch.

Seats are one behind another, as opposed to side by side, meaning that parents can’t sit next to their kids who meet the height requirement but who might get scared.

If you don’t catch Space Mountain first thing in the morning, use Fast- Pass+ or try again during the 30 minutes before closing. To avoid overwhelming Space Mountain’s air-conditioning system on hot days, Disney sometimes makes would-be riders wait in line outside the entrance—this makes the line seem unbearably long when it actually isn’t. This crowd-control trick, known as stacking, is designed to discourage additional visitors from getting in line.

Space Mountain Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Space Mountain when you visit on a day with a given Magic Kingdom Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Space Mountain Wait Times.

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Special Comments

Great fun and action; much wilder than Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. 44" minimum height requirement; children younger than age 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Switching-off option provided.

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beyond the berm

When the Magic Kingdom’s Tron attraction finally powers up in 2021, guests won’t just be getting on the Grid, they’ll be traveling beyond the borders of the theme park. In order to make sure that this futuristic coaster, which will reach speeds of close to 60 mph, actually fit inside Tomorrowland, much of its steeply banked track had to be stashed out behind Space Mountain.

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