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I first rode Space Mountain at WDW in 2002. That day I fell in love with it and since then have appreciated it more and more.
I went to DL back in Oct. 07 and rode the updated SM and really liked it...but call me crazy, I just prefer WDW's.
I am soooo happy that they finally upgraded Space Mountain and put it back to its original White. The bronze color was just wrong. I especially liked it when they used the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the music, that was a blast. This is a ride that you should use the Fast Pass for.
After more than twenty-five years of thrilling Disneyland guests, Space Mountain closed down in 2003 for a major renovation. In 2005, the all new Space Mountain was introduced. How is it? Well, as you can see, I gave it a 10, so it must be good. However, I would have given the old Space Mountain a 10 as well. In all honesty, the new version is incredibly similar to the old one. The track layout, the trains, and the speed and intensity are all pretty much identical to the way they used to be. The space theming is I guess a little different, but then again, it is supposed to be space, so how different can it be? There are stars and swirling meteors and the like. The main difference can be found in the soundtrack and in the initial launch into space. The soundtrack has a more old-fashioned nostalgic aura about it now, rather than the previous harder rocking music. This is especially true during the lift hill segments of the ride, which have a truly grandiose feel. The lighting and effects are also different, and admittedly an improvement, during the lift hill launch sequence as well. Despite the two year hiatus for not much of a difference, I can still speak very highly of the Space Mountain ride itself. The coaster rockets through the dark at a speed that feels much faster than it actually is, and the trains do noticeably pick up speed as the ride progresses. Wind blows in the faces of riders the whole time, and there are a couple of neat dips. However, the curves during the second half of the ride really make Space Mountain so enjoyable. The train continuously careens around banked right turns, each seemingly tighter than the previous, until it finally speeds through a banked left turn and returns to earth with a blinding flash of light upon hitting the brake run. Space Mountain was my favorite Disneyland ride as a kid, until Indiana Jones opened in 1995. I thought Space Mountain might reclaim the title with this new incarnation. It did not, but it does remain my second favorite ride at the park, and it should continue to please the masses as it has for decades.
Im sure some people might get mad at me when I say this is better than the one at WDW. I just love everything about this ride the line, music and the ride its self.
I managed to ride this Space Mountain twice on my recent trip to Disneyland and I will go ahead and say I didnt think it was as good as the one in Orlando. The ride is still very good. I love the Space Mountain theme in general, though I was disappointed that it was lacking the glow in the dark strips on the side of the trains, as well as the peoplemover. The side-by-side seating was just wrong if you ask me. But, once I got past those flaws, the ride really delivers. It doesnt have the sudden sensations that the Orlando version has, nor does it have any airtime, but it does have an amazing sensation of speed, and it does get pretty intense towards the end of the ride. The layout isnt terribly varied though, but overall its one of the better rides at Disneyland.
Date Ridden: October of 2007. Times Ridden: 1 Despite the upgrades, I still consider Space Mountain to be a classic roller coaster ride. It is a perfect example of what makes Disney, "Disney". You (or they) take a family roller coaster with sub-par stats and make it a wonderful ride that thrill seekers can enjoy with younger family members. The ride is glassy smooth, seems much faster than it is, and provides an overall exhilarating experience. There are obviously no inversions inside the mountain but that is by no means a negative since I think inversions are overrated on roller coasters anyway. The quick turns and drops are thirlling but not terrifying adding once again to the entire family experience. One final thing. This ride is a freaking capacity machine!! We used our fast pass on it, but still had to go through a portion of the line. We never stopped as the line continuously moved. I think I counted either 7 or 8 trains running, with once again the velcro pocket inside each train being a major boost in speeding up loading and unloading. Major props to the designers at "The Mouse" who created a very solid ride. I still dont think any park is worth a $90.00 admission price though.
Much better after it was redone, both in terms of the ride itself and the effects. Space Mountain was glass-smooth throughout and had quite a few sudden drops during the ride, even two that gave a good pop of air. Also, there were some strong helixes during the ride and the effects were great, from the asteroids to the stars. The ride was pretty long as well.
Awesome! The ride has been redone to look a little less... shall we say, 70s. The newer cars are more comfortable and the space fx are far better, darker and starrier, so it really give the impression of heading out where no one has gone before. And the ride itself is still terrific, despite no big drops or high speeds. Great dips, sharp turns, tight spirals. Its all good. And with Finding Nemo nearby, the lines are currently pretty short.
One of the best rides at Disneyland. I recommend getting a fastpass for this ride if you visit Disneyland in the summer, lines could get up to 3+ hours. Because it is Disney, theming on Space Mountain is top notch. The beginning of this ride is amazing. You start this ride off by going through a tunnel with lights and music. As you leave, you go through a countdown that prepares you for the rest of the ride. The music goes great along with the ride. The whole ride is basically a bunch of banked turns and small drops in the dark. But the way that Disney put it together was amazing. This ride is a must every time I go to Disneyland.
Awesome coaster! This is a must do at Disneyland. This was one of my favorites and it is perfect for most beginners. This ride is far better than the Disneyworld version.
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