Space Mountain — that majestic flight to outer space that you can enjoy each and every day when you visit the Magic Kingdom.  That ride, where you are virtually in the dark the entire ride, as you and your spaceship navigate around and around in your journey through space!  That ride, which until I rode it during our trip to Disney World in June, I had never been on the left hand track!

Now, before you villify me, I must explain that I rode Space Mountain twice during our last vacation — and before that, it had been several years since I had ridden it before, and to my memory, I think I had ridden it only twice before in all the times I had been to Walt Disney World.  So I doubled my ride experiences during this trip!

The first time I rode Space Mountain was around 1:45 AM on Sunday evening (Monday morning.)  The extra magic hours were about to expire at 2:00 AM, so we needed to get over there if we were going to make it.  In line for this excursion were Stephanie, Shane, Kyle, Kerry, Cindy, and myself.  When we went through the line — which was dead, by the way — we were directed to the right side as we approached the loading area, and we were in positions 1-6.  Cindy was first, then Kerry, then me, then Kyle, Stephanie, and Shane (I think that was their order.)

This was Kerry’s first trip on Space Mountain, so she was understandably nervous!  As for me, I was excited.  As we started off, we got going for just a short while, and then we stopped for a moment.  It was at this moment that Kyle, who knew that Kerry had never been on before, decided to give out a blood-curdling scream!  As soon as he did that, we were off!

Kerry was screaming the whole way it seemed, but so was I, because that is what I do on roller coasters — I scream!  It was incredible, we had so much fun, and even though Kerry was scared to death, she still had fun!

Three days later, we were at it again.  We were in the Magic Kingdom that night because the girls had their outing at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and then we ate at Cinderella’s Royal Table.  That was the night that we saw the fireworks from inside the dining hall!

We had Fast Passes for something like 10:30 PM or so, and the Magic Kingdom closed at 11:00 PM that night, so after we experienced the Fireworks and left, we were able to head on over to Space Mountain to turn in our passes.  In the end, this ride was just Kerry, Monica, and myself.  Kerry was experiencing Space Mountain for the second time this trip, I was experiencing Space Mountain for the fourth time, and Monica, well this was Monica’s first trip on Space Mountain!

The difference this time was that we were directed to the left side of the loading area, and while Kerry and I didn’t think anything about the difference, when we started going, it was evident that this was a completely different ride — and the biggest difference was the speed!

I thought that this was the fastest trip on Space Mountain that I had ever been on — it was crazy it was so exciting.  In every turn, it felt like the speed just kept going up and up and up — and I almost thought that it was going to go so fast that we would rocket off the track at one point!  Hands down, this was the best single roller coaster ride that I have ever experienced!  It was so crazy, here was our ride photo that they took for us while we were riding!

So tell me, what was your favorite roller coaster experience?  Why not tell me about it in the comments?  Thanks!

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Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever. His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion! Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for six years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and . Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!

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10 Responses to “Space Mountain — One of the sickest rides I’ve ever been on!”

  1. Mike, you know my favorite ride is TOT but if I had to pick my favorite roller coaster it would have to be Everest. I just love the speed, the dark and going backwards. I really wish they would make RNR go in reverse at the end of the ride and give us a double thrill.

  2. Mike, you know my favorite ride is TOT but if I had to pick my favorite roller coaster it would have to be Everest. I just love the speed, the dark and going backwards. I really wish they would make RNR go in reverse at the end of the ride and give us a double thrill.

  3. My family just got back from our trip to Orlando. Space Mountain was definitely a highlight! One of the greatest aspects of Disney World for my family is the wide range of age groups it appeals to. I have two sons, one turning 15 and the other is 8. They don’t agree on much, but they each had a blast at Disney World. The park comes complete with the fast rides, like Space Mountain, for my dare devil older son. At the same time, it features slow yet whimsical rides for my little one! The magic of the trip even carried over after we returned. I came home from my job at Dish the other evening to find my boys slouched over on the couch watching Toy Story together! Since we have access to tons of Disney movies through our Blockbuster@Home service, we’ve decided to make each Sunday our Disney Movie night! We make Mickey shaped popcorn balls and pick a new Disney movie to stream on our TV through our Dish service. It’s so fun! I would certainly recommend Disney World to anyone, old or young. Just be forewarned, Space Mountain is not for the timid!