Orlando/SoCal Theme Park Showdown: Space Mountain vs. Space Mountain
Written by Robert Niles
Our final match-up of the day in the Theme Park Insider Orlando/Southern California Showdown matches Disneyland's Space Mountain versus the Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain. Which is your favorite between the two versions? Consider whatever details you'd like - setting, decor, ride, narrative, or whatever petty individual bias you'd like to throw into the mix. The vote will be open for 24 hours.Tweet
Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain: Tomorrowland
Disneyland's Space Mountain: Tomorrowland
The differences? Space Mountain debuted at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in December 1974, then came to Disneyland in May 1977. The Orlando Space Mountain features two, nearly identical, Arrow tracks while Anaheim's coaster offers just one. But the Disneyland version added an on-board musical soundtrack in 1996 and the track was completely rebuilt in California between 2003-2005. The Disney World version got its own substantial refurbishment in 2009, adding interactive elements to the queue as well as sound effects within the ride. Fans of the old Epcot attraction Horizons will find some familiar sights in Disney World Space Mountain's post-show. Disneyland fans, though, get to enjoy a Halloween overlay on Space Mountain each year: Ghost Galaxy, featuring a holiday-themed musical soundtrack and special on-ride visual effects.
I've leave to you to argue about the smoothness and feel of the two rides. Feel free to further break down the match-up in the comments.
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