Space Mountain is one of the most iconic attractions at
Space Mountain Was the First Indoor Coaster
One of the reasons that Walt Disney was against roller coasters is the lack of theming. In order to transport the ride-goers to outer space, a roller coaster built completely indoors was necessary. This allowed Imagineers, and some consulting astronauts, to work their magic.
Structural Supports on the Outside
Most building are designed with their structural supports and concrete columns hidden inside the building. The Space Mountain building had to be designed with its main supports on the outside in order to create smooth surfaces inside to project all of the stars and galaxies.
First Roller Coaster Assisted by Computers
The technology used in
There Was 2 Space Mountain Movie in the Works
Back in 2012, Disney had hired Max Landis and Max Borenstein to write a competing screenplays for a film on Space Mountain. Both films were scrapped when Disney acquired Lucasfilm and began working on new Star Wars films.
One of the Slowest Thrill Rides
The top speed of the ride at the Magic Kingdom is only 28 MPH! Disneyland’s version tops out at just a few more MPH. This puts the ride among some of the slowest at the parks. Part of the illusion of speed comes from the fact that you are in total darkness and the fans blowing wind in your face. Additionally, the steepest drop is only 39 degrees, which is not very steep at all.
Meanings Hidden Throughout the Ride
There are secrete easter eggs hidden throughout the line queue. Almost all of the text that is there for decoration and theming, actually alludes to something. At Disneyland, the “Space Station 77” sign is a reference to the year it opened. At Florida, a sign with “Closed Sectors” references attractions at the park that have been closed. For example: FL-MTWR = Fantasyland, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride