Space Mountain is an indoor thrill roller coaster designed to make you feel like you are flying through space. Since Space Mountain is almost 50 years old, though, the roller coaster isn’t as smooth or polished as you would expect from a modern roller coaster.
The roller coaster was designed based on technology used from the Matterhorn Bobsleds (a Disneyland roller coaster) technology and was put into Disney World’s Tomorrowland and covered with a Space theme instead of being a copy of Disneyland.
One interesting point is that there are two sides to choose from with slightly different experiences. The sides are mostly a mirror image of each other. People say that the left side seems to be a bit rougher. more drops than the slightly tamer right side.
Once you start, you will climb a large hill that will drive most of your experience. The thrill of this coaster comes from the very dark and hard to anticipate turns and twists you will take.
Theme Park: Magic Kingdom
Area of the Park: Tomorrowland
Age Range Appeal: Tweens, Teens, Adults
Queue Description: The queue for space mountain is pretty much just a winding line and doesn’t feature the interactive nature that are staple in modern Disney queues.
Queue Length: Even after all these years Space Mountain still attracts a crowd. It isn’t always rope dropped, but the ride queue is often 45-60 minutes.
Ride Height Requirements: 44in (112cm) or taller
Scary Factor: High – Because this roller coaster is dark and jerky it feels pretty intense even though there are far faster and more intense roller coasters today.