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Space Mountain Fun Facts

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  1. There are other Hidden Characters here.
  2. Because of its enormous size, Space Mountain was built 15 feet below ground to make sure it would fit the existing scale of Disneyland park's other structures.
    Space Mountain goes below ground level not to maintain a scale with the rest of Disneyland. It does so to adhere to the City of Anaheim building codes. To go below ground level is very expensive and Disneyland tried for a wavier, but was denied.
    UPDATE: Dan Prinzing 26 JUN 01
  3. Nothing changed on Space Mountain for the 50th anniversary except the music, the vehicles, and possibilly the scenery. There was also a viewing deck that was removed.
    REPORTED: Disney481loer 09 JUN 06
  4. If my memory serves me correctly, Space Mountain had it's opening on May 4, 1977. I was there that day and I can say that it was the longest queing line that I have ever seen or been in. I can remember starting out at the front of the park, in front of the stroller rental area. We snaked our way up by Moments with My Lincoln down Main Street to the Plaza Inn. Then once we entered Tomorrowland we hugged the "Journey Through Innerspace" building around to the famous, and now defunct escalator. Up the escalator we went, not to the large open area queing area that is there now.Then there was an open air stage,and has since been covered to make the 3d theatre.After snaking around the upper area, it was time to go down inside this eerie, spacey tunnel to the ride below. Total queing time this day in 1977? Well let me say that 4 hours, give or take 1/2 hr. about does it. So now, recent lines are pale compared to this day in 1977.
    REPORTED: H. Riley 14 APR 00
  5. Space Moutain cost $20M to build - it cost more than the original park in 1955 dollers.
    REPORTED: anon 22 JUL 97
  6. Workers representing 150 different crafts and specialties put almost a million hours into the design and construction of Space Mountain. It took nearly two years to construct, and the whole thing is sunk 17 feet into the ground, so as not to dwarf Sleeping Beauty Castle or the Matterhorn.
    REPORTED: Troy Carrington 16 MAR 97
    CONFIRMED: Jordan Wasyliw 21 MAR 97
  7. The original sketch for the many spired white cone of Space Mountain, not all that different from the present structure, was drawn in 1964. The technology required for this ride wasn't developed until many years later.
    REPORTED: Troy Carrington 16 MAR 97
  8. During the 70's, 80's and very early 90's, there was another Club Buzz-like Burger (called the Lunching Pad) stand behind Captain EO - now Honey I Shrunk the Kids Adventure movie. Mission to Mars was still running and beggining to close. The Burger stand is gone and covered, but the colored overhangs that are recessed into the wall still exist and is now part of the entrance/waiting for Space Mountain since the conveyor-belt escalator has been removed.
    REPORTED: Steven M. Saito 04 JAN 00
    The former "Lunching Pad," now part of the queue for Space Mountain, is still in use, though not as a restaraunt. The CO2 lines for the soda towers were converted to helium lines, and that is now where all of the Park's ballons are blown up, behind those black cloths covering the windows.
    CONFIRMED: CaptainEO 29 APR 00
    You incorrectly report that the restaurant that sat behind/beyond Honey I Shrunk the Audience was the Lunching Pad. The Lunching Pad was located where the Radio Disney broadcast booth now sits, immediately below People Mover loading and the Rocket Jets. The Lunching Pad offered food choiced almost identical to Coke Corner. The restaurant behind/beyond Space Mountain/Honey was the Space Place.
    UPDATE: Patrick 10 APR 02
  9. If all Disney employees are called "Cast Members", someone must have forgotten to tell the person who made the sign on a door outside of Space Mountain, Disneyland. The door is located to the right of the actual entrance to the ride, almost right across from the two water fountains. The sign on it plainly says "Employees Only".
    REPORTED: Tony 18 DEC 96
    The "Employees Only" sign on the door near the entrance of Space Mountain has had a "Cast Members Only" sign glued on over the old sign. The new sign covers the lettering but not all of the dark blue backround of the old sign. Tony's sighting refers to a door near the entrance of the ride by the water fountains.
    UPDATE: Budd Sweetman 07 APR 97 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
    The "Employees Only" is still there and is not covered by any other sign. The door is on the left as you face the restrooms.
    REPORTED: Randy Wawrzyniak-Fry 16 APR 97
    The sign that Randy is referring does still read "employees only" but it is a different sign located at the exit of the ride, for going backstage. There is also a door in the walkway for handicap access that reads "Stairway - Employees Only".
    UPDATE: Budd Sweetman 27 MAY 97
    We used to joke about it and there were many attempts to cover the signs but most of the new signs came down...probably by castmembers.
    CONFIRMED: Marla Husovsky 08 AUG 97
    CONFIRMED: FantasmicJ 23 FEB 99
    There is a door in the walkway for handicap access that reads "Stairway - Employees Only".
    REPORTED: Budd Sweetman 27 MAY 97
    CONFIRMED: Marla Husovsky 08 AUG 97
    Here's how to see the "Employees Only" sign on Space Mountain. Get to the base of the exit ramp, turn around and walk back. It is on a door, right in front of you. There is no sign on the one in the line.
    UPDATE: Barbara Fett 05 APR 99 LI>On Space Mountain in Tomorowland, there is an awesome secret everyone should know! While waiting in line, just after you go through the small hallway with the television screens of the woman telling you all the safety precautions, there is a tiny hallway you walk through. In that hallway there is a door marked exit spaceport (or something along those lines). if you go out that door, you will see there is about 6 or so steps, then another door. The second door leads you to where people exit the ride, right after the ramp you walk up. It is not marked, and has a silver handle.
    REPORTED: Nick Harsin 02 JUN 01 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  10. Right when you go in the door on the walls - If you put pennies on the wall they will stick. I don't know why. Also, in the room with the TVs one the black walls, they stick too.
    REPORTED: STEVEN SERNA 08 JAN 97
    CONFIRMED: FRANKIE CASTILLO 01 FEB 97
    CONFIRMED: Clifford Lau 26 AUG 97
    CONFIRMED: Amy Faucher 05 SEP 97
    CONFIRMED: Ginny Przybyla 23 OCT 97
    I tried it and it worked. Some of the walls at the Los Angeles International Airport do the same thing. My friend tried it out! It's because of the paint.
    CONFIRMED: Tony V. 13 JUL 98
    It is true that on Space Mountain you can stick penny's on the light blue colored walls. It was pretty funny, and people were like "What are you doing?"
    CONFIRMED: Justin Kent 23 NOV 98
    CONFIRMED: Julie 01 JAN 99
    In the Space Mountain queue, you can no longer stick pennies to the wall. Since the remodel, they have painted the walls with copper paint that is thicker than the old blue paint. I have tried to stick pennies on this new paint...it doesn't work.
    UPDATE: Laura Maynard 29 JAN 99
    One can still stick pennies to the blue wall in the section for wheelchair access. The pennies only stick for a few seconds.
    UPDATE: ZenonGoc 19 JUN 99
    Space Mountain- Pennies stick to the walls and will stay. Where the que enters the bldg the walls are painted brown. If you hold a penny against the wall they will stick.
    CONFIRMED: Chris Wiles 07 JUN 00
    CONFIRMED: TR Shaw 08 JUN 00
  11. In the line for look at the big ship at the loading area... does it look like somthing you have seen before? The Discovery from Arthur C. Clarke's 2001. The only diffrence is the cockpit that has the shape of the "sun" during the ride and the discovery has a perfect circle.
    REPORTED: spencer 15 JUL 00
  12. When you're on Space Mountain, right after you get on the ride, directly in front of you, there is a little control room with someone always sitting. We always wave our arms a whole bunch and try to get the guy to wave back. Most of the time, they do and they're really nice and make faces at us. It's a cool game to try to get the guy to wave. We don't mean to distract him from his job or anything! Try it and see if you can do it next time.
    REPORTED: Lisa 31 MAY 01
    When you first leave the loading platform you are stopped to let the "rockets" in front of you go. While you are waiting there, if you look up a little, right in front of you, there is in fact a control man sitting in a room, and depending on if the control man (or women) is in a good mood, they will wave to you!
    CONFIRMED: Ryan Hougardy 06 DEC 01
  13. There are actually people inside the space probe in the queue area for Space Mountain. Of course they aren't real people and they're kinda hard to see, but if you look in the windows in the front and side of the space probe, and the back of it, you can notice two figures wearing helmets that seem to be at the "controls."
    REPORTED: Andy Hicks 01 AUG 96
    CONFIRMED: Diana 19 DEC 96
    CONFIRMED: Benjamin Rockwell 15 JAN 97
    CONFIRMED: Ginny Przybyla 23 OCT 97 White Cookie Background 120x60
  14. If you look up at the beginning of the ride there is a planet that closely resembles a chocolate chip cookie.
    REPORTED: Kim Tu 19 JUL 96
    CONFIRMED: Ray J. Parker 20 JUL 96
    Confirmation for the chocolate chip cookie-planet in Space Mountain. My family has always called it the Flying Cookie (any guesses as to why the Imagineers would want to remind us of food during that stomach-wrenching ride?)
    CONFIRMED: Meg 29 JUL 96
    Not only can you see it in the beginning of the fantastic voyage, you can see it through the whole ride!
    CONFIRMED: Daniel Fleiner 01 AUG 96
    CONFIRMED: RaVEon 28 FEB 97
    I've seen it, but I never knew you could see through the whole ride.
    CONFIRMED: Maeve C. 03 AUG 97
    Yes, it is true that the asteroids seen flying overhead in Space Mountain actually are oversized chocolate chip cookies. I was a cast member at SM for 6 months and this was one of the cool secrets I learned while working there.
    CONFIRMED: Ian Bostwick 19 SEP 97
    CONFIRMED: Ginny Przybyla 23 OCT 97
    I do know for a fact that when the Disney Imagineers went looking for something that looked like an Asteroid, they did indeed use a Chocolate Chip cookie taped to some fishing line filming it with the camera pointing straight up from underneath.
    CONFIRMED: Rick August 14 AUG 98
    My sister always thought it was a cookie, and I asked a guy online who has a friend that is an Imagineer and he said its just a bad drawing of a meteorite. I don't know about this, I sure think its a cookie! I will ask next time I am there.
    WISHFUL THINKING: J.J. 02 MAY 99
    The "Chocolate Chip Cookie" asteroid has been removed from Space Mountain.
    LOST: D'ch 07 OCT 99
    I would like to announce that the "Flying Cookie" in Space Mountain is still flying. I visited the Park this past weekend and it was there flying around. It probably goes up on a really long timer or something, but it's there.
    UPDATE: Tadao 08 NOV 99
    CONFIRMED: Chris Wiles 15 NOV 99
  15. If you watch the Robot scanning the crates in the queue area every once and a while his hat pops up!
    REPORTED: Ted 01 JUN 01
    When the ride comes to an end and you enter the loading and exiting platfrom, there is a robot immediately to your right, every so often, the robot will raise his hat (or whatever it is on top of his head)!
    CONFIRMED: Ryan Hougardy 06 DEC 01 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  16. Space Mountain broke down while I was in line. The work lights, of course, came on, and I was able to see for the first time in my life what the ride looked like with light. Its tiny!! Although I'm sure I couldn't see all of it, I'm sure I could see most of it, and it hardly looked larger than Gadgets Go Coaster in Toon Town. I was able to capture what the ride looked like with the lights on, on film. When I showed the tape to my parents, they too were amazed at how small the ride was. My friends Tim & Jamie always thought the ride was bigger as well.
    REPORTED: Andy Hicks 01 AUG 96
    Not only that, but the tracks are so close together, it's scary! It seems as if you were too tall, your head would get chopped off!!
    CONFIRMED: Diana 19 DEC 96
    We attended the 1996 Annual Passholder Party, where we actually got to ride the ride with the lights on. That was weird!!! It's just like what he said, you really get a sense that you are in trouble if you sit up straight! The place is small, and it's amazing how they packed all of that in there. I'll note that the roof was missing a few acoustic tiles (looked like rain damage), and that there were two chairs just sitting around in there on a platform, almost like they were there for a break time, or something!
    CONFIRMED: Benjamin Rockwell 15 JAN 97
    I rode Space Mountain with the lights on. It was with a 7 am educational tour. Some cross members, that the cars go under, have plastic deflectors over the metal beams. The guide said that they were there to help stop broken fingers from riding with your hands in the air.
    CONFIRMED: Ed Hornyak 15 APR 97
    If you really try, you can break a finger. I hit my hand once, that stopped me from putting my hands up on Sapce Mountain ever again. Space is very limited! pict from hiddenmickeys.org
    CONFIRMED: Tony Crescenzo 27 JUN 97
    Don't worry, you are not in trouble if you sit up straight on Space Mountain. This always used to worry me because I am nearly six feet tall, but when I rode it with the lights on at the 96 AP party, I made sure that the clearances were all fine. Holding your hands outside the car or up in the air is a different story, however....
    UPDATE: Amanda Pettitt 06 APR 98
    I rode the whole ride with the lights on a couple of years back. I went to an "Annual Passholder Night" that had a few special things around the park, this being one of them.
    UPDATE: Anthony T. B. 18 MAY 98
    A few years ago, I posted the first message about looking at Space Mountain with its lights on, while capturing it on film, and I've recieved quite a few e-mails over the years asking me for this footage. Ever since I've decided to add broadcasting to my repitoire of majors (3 overall), I now have access to video editing facilities. When I get back to ASU for summer session, I'll see if I can't take the video-taped footage I have of looking at Space Mountain with the lights on, convert it to jpeg pictures or even a quick time movie, and see if the webmaster will let me send them to him to have it downloadable for all. However, I need to get back to Tempe before I can do this. I promise you that as soon as I can, I'll try to send the webmaster some pictures of this. Thanks!
    UPDATE: Andy Hicks 03 MAY 99
  17. If the ride breaks down you get to see the insides of the ride, after they turn the lights on. A cast member will climb up the stairs, release the brakes on your car, push you off and give you a pass for the front line. If you look down when the ride is stopped you may see a card table on the bottom, where the cast members take a break and eat lunch.
    REPORTED: Brian S. 28 FEB 98
    Confirm on the lights and a cast member pushing you, but for the table. There is one in there, but cast members can't take it in the mountain when the ride is running.
    CONFIRMED: David 02 SEP 99
    Well, last night my friend and I made the Rocket Rods our last venture for the evening. We were actually on the ride about half an hour after the park closed. When we went by Space Mountain, all of the lights were on inside, and I noticed a table and two chairs inside! Right in the middle of the ride (on the "launch platform") of course.
    CONFIRMED: FloweryGirl 09 MAY 00
    There is no card table nor break area at the bottom of Space Mountain. No cast member is allowed inside the attraction while it is in operation with guests. The Space Mountain break area is behind what used to be the Carousel of Progress, which was America Sings at its opening. The crew meets in the storage area which is to your left before you are "launched" while facing the control tower. There is is a door and a stairway that leads to it from the level where the turnstyles are. They can take a break in there, but there is nothing for them to do there. No vending machines, etc.
    UPDATE: Dan Prinzing 26 JUN 01
  18. For lunch, most cast members in Tomorrowland went to the "Inn Between". That is an employee cafeteria that is located behind the Starcade. The entrance to the backstage area is to your left near the rest rooms as you leave Space Mountain. I think it was/is called the "Inn Between" because it was in between Main Street and Tomorrowland.
    REPORTED: Dan Prinzing 26 JUN 01
    The "Inn Between" really does exist and is in fact the cast cafeteria (not very exciting though). It is not located where the gentleman suggested it was but is in fact located directly behind the Plaza Inn, thus "Inn Between". It is located between the onstage area (park) and the back stage area (cast member only area). It has undergone some changes over the years but has always been there. It is said that Walt used to sneak back there to enjoy a hamburger with fellow cast members while he was visiting in the park.
    UPDATE: Corie 10 APR 02
  19. Back in the beginning, the attraction was controlled by two computers that we called "Hal" and "Nova". They would compute the same equations simultaneously. If one came up with a different answer or an answer at a slightly different time, they would shut down the ride without warning. This was called a power disconnect. It was the worst kind of break down as we had no idea where the rockets were. The code for any attraction down was 101. 102 meant in service. A power disconnect meant a lengthy 101. To correct this situation we had to send in teams to locate the rockets and report to the tower. This was called running the mountain. After all rockets were accounted for, the tower would direct the team in releasing the the lowest rocket first by using a "Brake Enable". A "Brake Enable" is where the tower and crew member in the mountain would both have to push a brake release button at the same time to open the brake and let the rocket fall free. That is unless it was in a valley. In that situation we would have to evacuate the guests down the catwalks and then winch the empty rocket to the top of the next hill and then it could free fall. The engineers thought that, from the re-entry tunnel to the control tower brake zone, the rockets would roll from brake zone to brake zone back in 1977. Well, they did, but not quickly enough. We had to physically push each rocket from station to station to avoid an intrusion and a ride cascading to a stop. Later they installed catapults which pushed on the the fin on the bottom of each rocket. The fins are what the brakes grab to stop it. I think they now can run 11 or 12 rockets at a time. Let me tell you, the ride used to be extremely fast compared with what it is today.
    REPORTED: Dan Prinzing 26 JUN 01
  20. To add rockets to the track we used the transfer station. It is a piece of track about the length of each rocket that slides left and right just after the re-entry tunnel. We would bring a rocket from the storage area onto the transfer station platform and create a window to allow time to slide the track back and forth while the ride is in operation. This became a bit tricky as we added the last few rockets. To create the window required that we hold up a rocket at the control tower and allow the rockets to stack up in the loading area until the last possible moment. This risked an intrusion. In the control tower we had lights to monitor the positions of every rocket (train). There also was a teletype printing events. We always could tell when the ride going 101 was inevitable. The teletype would alarm and print "Intrusion! Brake Zone 11", "Intrusion! Brake Zone 10" and so on for about two more intrusions and it would print out a final "Ride cascading to stop". Then the attraction's lights would automatically come on and the pre-recorded "Attention space travelers! All flights have been put in a holding pattern..." Once there was an intrusion there was no way to stop the cascade because the brake zone behind the intrusion would lock and force the next intrusion. This continued until all rockets were stopped and all three lifts stopped. Then there was an eerie quiet. It was then time to run the mountain.
    REPORTED: Dan Prinzing 26 JUN 01
  21. As an employee of Space Mountain, it bothers me when so many people complain of this ride breaking down so much. 9 times out of 10, it is because people take too long getting in and out of the rocket. When we run at full capacity - all day long - we need to get a group of people out of a rocket, a new group of people in a rocket, and dispatch it in 20 seconds. If people take too long, our station backs up. When our station backs up, we break down for safety purposes. It amazes me that people will wait in line for hours and finally decide how their group will sit when it is there turn to get in the rocket. They play chinese fire drill running around the rocket - as our station is backing up - and by the time they get seated the way they want to, it's too late. Take off a couple rockets and have more time between rockets entering the station you ask? good idea... your wait time jumps up at least another 45 minutes. Sometimes the workers may seem pushy, they don't like to be, but sometimes they have to or else we break down even more frequently.
    REPORTED: anon 15 AUG 96
  22. Space Mountain also has several "high tech" safety features that are highly uncelebrated. The 3,500 feet of track are hollow tubes pressurized with air and divided into zones and monitored by a computer. When a zone loses pressure it means there is a crack and the computer shuts the ride down to be fixed. Also the zones monitor how fast the rockets are moving and keeps a heavy one from catching up to a lighter, slower moving rocket. The person sitting in the window above you while you sit in the rocket awaiting blast off is actually monitoring the computers and weighing each car as it sits so that they can inhibit your rocket from entering too soon if you are too heavy, therefore your rocket has more room to speed up. And the building is 200 feet across and 118 feet high, has 36 steel support beams, cost $20 million and 12 years to create, puts approximately 1900 people an hour thru space, and was opened in 1977.
    REPORTED: Michelle 22 OCT 96
    CONFIRMED: David Enertson 09 APR 98
    Rather interesting is that the music is slightly different for each ride as is the timing. Based on the total weight of the riders, the car moves faster or slower..up to 30 seconds in difference. And the music you hear is "mixed live" according to the speed of the individual ride.
    UPDATE: William D. 27 MAY 98
    Space Mountain's music is indeed "Mixed Live." After problems with onboard CD's skipping durign the ride, the cars now have a receiver and music is transmitted from a unit inside the ride itself. The unit tracks the location of the car and sends the appropriate music to be played on board.
    CONFIRMED: CaptainEO 29 APR 00
    A worker told a family member that if you want your coaster to go faster on Space Mountain, that you should board with heavier people. The more weight, the faster it goes.
    CONFIRMED: anon 21 JUN 02
  23. Just after you are loaded in the cars on Space Mountain, they move forward a few feet and stop: this is for two reasons:
    1. To weigh the whole car and occupants (as the weight is crucial to ride spacing - previously mentioned)
    2. to "charge" the phosphorescent gowing panels on the side of the car using the black lites in the walls.

    REPORTED: Brian Kehew 21 MAY 00
  24. After waiting in line for well over an hour, we finally boarded our pods. As we were making the "lift off turn" our pod suddenly turned left, and we were being taken off the track. When asked why, the Cast Members told us that our "pod" was to heavy, and the weight would cause our pod to crash into the back of the one in front of us. Sure enough there was a lot of big people on the ride. They used stairs to get us all out.
    REPORTED: Erik H. .O'Keddie 10 JUN 97
    Yes, when a bunch of overweight people get on a rocket they move slowly forward and then to the left (instead of to the right and then up), where there's about 15 ft. of track for the Cast Members to set up blue stairs and lead some (half?) of the riders down and back to another rocket. Kind of an embarrassing thing to go through...
    CONFIRMED: Sandokan 22 JUN 97 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  25. Just after exiting the rockets you are suppposed to turn right to leave the ride. Instead, look down the short hallway to the left- another "Employees Only" sign is on the door at end of the hall.
    REPORTED: Budd Sweetman 21 JUL 97
  26. Just before your "rocket" comes into the loading area there is a 15 to 20 foot section of track next to the main line that is moveable. When a car is added to the track it is brought onto this small section of track and then the mainline track and the small section of track just trade places quickly (it's quite amazing). The new car is pushed out onto the mainline and then the tracks quickly switch places again.
    REPORTED: David Enertson 23 MAR 98
  27. At various locations on the ride, you can see the portion of the queue that is adjacent to the geodesic dome. The easiest way is to sit on the right side and look down to the right when you first enter the dome.
    REPORTED: Amanda P., Kuo-Fang C., Alan S. 06 APR 98
    You, in fact, can see the queue from various points in Space Mountain. The part you can see is the room where you can watch PNN. I always look downwards the WHOLE way to see if I can catch a glance of the people.
    CONFIRMED: Mike D. 13 APR 98
  28. When you are exiting the line, if you go straight is the entrance to the side of Space Mountain were the storage area is for the rockets.
    REPORTED: David 02 SEP 99
  29. There is only one tunnel in Disneyland and that is from Tommorwland's Club Buzz (formally Coke Terrace) to the back of Innoventions.
    REPORTED: David 02 SEP 99
    I know of no elevators or tunnels at Space Mountain, Disneyland.
    UPDATE: Dan Prinzing 26 JUN 01 pict from hiddenmickeys.org
  30. There is a scale model of Space Mountain. It's very detailed and quite fascinating. I stood and stared at it for half an hour.
    REPORTED: Bret Boyle 27 APR 98
    CONFIRMED: Heather 30 JUL 98
    CONFIRMED: John Hamilton 08 FEB 99
    The scale model of Space Mountain is documented complete with the speed you are traveling!
    CONFIRMED: Jeff 09 SEP 99
    The model of the ride is gone. It used to sit in the Disney Gallery, but wa removed when they put in the Herb Ryman exhibit, according to the CM at the desk there.
    UPDATE: Doug 05 APR 01
  31. I rode Space Mountain once, and right when I got to the final tunnel where you slow down, the ride stopped. They turned on all of the lights, and we had to sit there for like 10 minutes until a cast member came and unlatched the safety bar. We had to climb out of the cars and walk out through the tunnel where the cars usually come out. Climbing out of the car, you have to step out onto a cat walk which is as tall as the track, and it's a good 7 feet above the ground.
    REPORTED: Cody Walker 25 MAR 99
  32. They have recently started taking your picture at Space Mountain at Disneyland. it's very detailed, too. As you exit the ride, you see 2 signs overhead leading to the photo viewing area. One says "aliens," and the other says "humans." If you go through the aliens sections, you see pictures of aliens, and if you go through the humans section, you see your picture. COOL!!
    REPORTED: anon 08 JUN 01
    As you may know, they take your picture in Space Mountain. What you probably don't know is where they take it at. Well I found out! The camera is at the end of the ride right before you go through the lighted tunnel that spins around and around. It's located right before the entrance of the tunnel at the top left hand side. So the next time you go on space mountain,you'll know where they get ya so do something funny and get some laughs.
    CONFIRMED: Tony Aguirre 25 JUL 01
  33. While me and my friend were on Space mountain, it broke down for about four minutes. I noticed fans along the wall of Space Mountain, still blowing. Later I learned from a cast member that they accually make you seem like they are going that fast. The fans generate a wind current of some sorts.
    REPORTED: Chris Jacobson 18 APR 01
    One time when My Middle school band went to Disneyland my friend injured his knee and got to go around in a wheel chair. One time while waiting at the handicaped entrance for the rocket car (the name escapes me right now) and the cast member told us that in Space Mountain there are many fans along the side of the track that blow air at you simulating the affect of high speed. That along with the Curves made for some really fast "fake" speeds.
    CONFIRMED: Jeremy 11 JUN 02
  34. We discovered the stars were made by disco balls on the ground. It was amazing.
    REPORTED: Bob 03 MAY 01
  35. One thing that I like to do one all of the rides in Disneyland is look for the cameras and wave like crazy. On Space Mountain there is one as you go up the first hill in a box (very noticable) after you get into the dome and turn to your left look towards the wall on your right. Look for a red dot that is another camera. Also when going up the last hill on your left is another one this one you have to turn your body around to see. But again look for the red dot and wave like crazy.
    REPORTED: DisWiz 04 MAY 01
  36. Each rocket weighs about 2200 pounds empty. Each rocket is weighed and "sandbagged" if it is too heavy for the previous rocket. That means that the launch is delayed a few seconds to prevent a break zone intusion. I once had the pleasure of seeing the Washington Huskies Football Team take a ride. 12 big guys and they tipped the scale at about 5600 pounds!
    REPORTED: Dan Prinzing 26 JUN 01
  37. I have a good friend who works with Federal Express management. He told me that he can enter to ride Space Mountain though the EXIT/Disabled entry and show his FedEx ID to a Space Mountain cast member to ride! Benefits of sponsorship!
    REPORTED: Lukester 24 JAN 02

Space Mountain Facts and Figures

Fact

Figure

Type

Steel, Enclosed

Designer

WED

Manufacturer

WDI

Year

1977

Height

90 feet

Longest Drop

15 feet

Length

3,459 feet

Ride Time

2 minutes, 30 seconds average (varies by up to 30 seconds)

Speed

28.7 mph (avg), 30.3 mph (max)

Rocket weight

2200 pounds empty

Rockets

12 2-car rockets, 4 riders per car


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