for fun in this roller coaster ride through the galaxy in the dark. No super
high falls or loop to loops, but the experience of riding in the dark
heightens the senses and makes this attraction much scarier than it would be
if it were outside. Presented by FedEx. Space Mountain opened at
Walt Disney World Resort in 1975.
Have you ever tried to
take video on a roller coaster? We have! You see the attempt here.... all
started well until we accidentally hit the off switch. :^)
PRE-LAUNCH: Entering Space Mountain, windows appear to look
out into the universe, providing a sensation of walking through space and
the anticipation of a spine-tingling adventure -- a dark ride through space.
BLASTOFF: Guests board six-passenger trains that rocket
through tunnels of flickering neon lights, then begin a rapid descent along
an intricate and dark track. The spatial-effects lighting, sprinkling the
inner-heavens with galaxies of stars, darting meteors and glowing space
vehicles, sets the stage for an adventure as close to a cosmic voyage as
most people will ever experience.
HISTORY: Space Mountain originated in the early 1960s when
Walt Disney conceived the idea of a high-speed thrill attraction based on
the excitement of the Space Age.
BY THE NUMBERS: Space Mountainís cone-shaped structure
contains 4,508,500 cubic feet -- capable of holding a small skyscraper in
its interior. The adventure has a base diameter of 300 feet and took two
years to build. In basic structure, the mountain is composed of great ribbed
slopes -- 72 massive pre-stressed concrete beams forming a gigantic sealed
cone. Each of the 74-ton concrete beams was cast near the Space Mountain
site and then hoisted into place by mammoth cranes to complete the cone.
Each beam is 117 feet long and is 13 feet wide at the bottom and 4 feet wide
at the top. Guests are amazed that the maximum speed is 28 mph, because the
attraction delivers high-speed thrills.
Guests must be 44 inches or taller to ride
This is a roller coaster in the dark/semi dark. If you are afraid of
heights or scared of coasters, stay away.
ride space mountain (3:00)
The Launch Hill
View from the air
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