Published: October 12, 2011 at 2:25 PMI've tried the one in Disneyworld and the one in EuroDisney. EuroDisney is totally different and is miles better! Has anyone.tried all 3?
Published: October 12, 2011 at 2:27 PMDisneyland's is way better. The ride feels faster and bigger and the music is the main reason why this is the definitve Space Mountain. I do like the East Coast's version for its smaller cars and better queue area but Anaheim's is the best.
Published: October 12, 2011 at 3:13 PMWell, first of, WDW Space Mountain opened January 15, 1975 (hence all of the Star-Port 7-5 allusions in the theming), not December 1974.
Disney world's may not be as spiffy as some of the flashy things on DLR's, but if you look at ride experience overall, WDW takes the cake. It's faster, unpredictable, taller drops and better sound effects. I like having speakers long the track more than on the train because it has the effect of things flying by, dimensional sounds.
I can't emphasize enough how dull DLR's track is. It's a spiral down, with no drops or surprising twists.
Oh and yes, the small trains rock.
DLR's version is one right turn after another...pretty predictable. Also, the drops virtually don't exist.
If you want proof of the intensity levels, Disney World's has a higher high requirement.
Oh, the sheer scale of WDW's is way impressive. The size of the building, the queue and load platform are all bigger and cooler. DLR's looks dinky, especially since the queue is outside in front like it is.
I'm not sure, other than maybe some different effects, what could make anyone consider DLR's lamer version superior.
Did I mention how dull the track was at DLR?
Published: October 12, 2011 at 2:51 PMI'm counting the soft-open date, not the official one, which, yes, was January 1975.
Published: October 12, 2011 at 2:57 PMI cannot believe that Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain is that close behind Disneyland's! DL's is FAR FAR superior!!
Published: October 12, 2011 at 2:58 PMI just went to disneyland for the first time last month and really enjoyed exploring the differences between the two parks. (I'm a season passholder for all of the florida parks except for legoland so I've ridden space mountain florida many many times.)
The west coast version of space mountain is so much better it's not even funny. First off, you sit side by side, so you can hold onto and talk to the person you're riding with. (My wife, who won't usually ride coasters rode this and would ride it again.) Second, it was silky smooth compared to the florida one. Space mountain in Disney World reminds me of the matterhorn at disneyland. You sit in the ride vehicles the same way and the ride is equally rough on the two of them. Also, the one in California has the halloween theming of Ghost Galaxy, which is a visual treat during the ride instead of just seeing the glow in the dark strips on the other cars, which is pretty much all you have to look at in Space Mountain Florida.
(I like this topic, by the way. I tried to hit all the parks I could in california and made sure to go on rides that were on both coasts to see the differences.)
Published: October 12, 2011 at 3:01 PMI'd like to point out that WDW no longer has glow in the dark stripes, is darker and uses more projectors for FX than the DLR version.
Published: October 12, 2011 at 3:02 PMMy review was before the renovations. I felt Disneyland's was much better (which isn't saying much) and that the Magic Kingdom's version was a big disappointment. For a supposedly larger footprint, MK's Space Mountain didn't do much for me. The queue line was boring and looks very horrible with the tired FedEx displays.
The newer Disneyland version was a vast improvement in ride quality and the onboard sound system greatly improved reliability of the sound. I heard MK's sound system on the track didn't help things and many guests will barely hear the sound track. I guess I will have to try it again at MK.
Oh, Ghost Galaxy at Disneyland is a terrific improvement. You gotta try it during the Halloween season.
Published: October 12, 2011 at 3:19 PMI love Space Mountain. Disneyland's version is a little better. Was on Ghost Galaxy (Halloween Disneyland version) last month and I prefer that version even better.
Published: October 12, 2011 at 3:22 PMYou guys are crazy, Disney World's is waaaaaay better. The queue, the size and the load of Disneyland's is lame. I like the sense of riding by myself in World's. The ride is more exciting. Disneyland's track is boring!
Published: October 12, 2011 at 3:23 PMHaving been on the Tokyo, California, Paris and Florida versions... IMO Best to worst-> Paris, California, Tokyo, Florida.
Published: October 12, 2011 at 3:26 PMNever been on either, but WDW's looks far more superior. No glowing means you dont know what to expect!
Published: October 12, 2011 at 3:42 PMNO CONTEST! The Magic Kingdon's trains with the lower sides is a far more exhilirating ride.
Published: October 12, 2011 at 3:43 PMPlus the stretching room on Space Mountain at WDWMK is better!
Published: October 12, 2011 at 5:22 PMWhen did they remove the glow in the dark stripes in florida? I don't ride it every time I go because my wife doesn't like it. (Too rough) I swear they were there last time I rode, which was last year. (That, or I'm crazy.)
Published: October 12, 2011 at 5:25 PMThe glow stripes were removed durring the last refurb because it have off too much light.
Published: October 12, 2011 at 6:13 PMBy far this one should be going to Disneyland. The ride is far superior in design, feeling, and other aspects. One of my favorite things at this one is the ride vehicles.
Published: October 12, 2011 at 9:47 PMDL one is better for the on-board music and especially for the Halloween overlay. Paris has the absolute worst of all the Space Mountains because it is so rough your head gets knocked around for most of the ride. It is very poorly designed and laid out. Paris also stripped out the great Jules Verne themeing when they redesigned it.
Published: October 12, 2011 at 11:12 PMWDW = Better seats. (Way comfortable. I want to buy one of these as a chair for my office.)
By a score of 3-2, I give it to DL.
Published: October 13, 2011 at 1:48 AMIt's been about 13 years since I was last in Disneyland, and I got to ride WDW's Space Mountain as recently as two weeks ago, so I am comparing slightly different iterations of the rides, but I have to say that it is a really tough call for me. If I had to, though, I would give the nod to Disneyland.
Published: October 13, 2011 at 1:50 AMI can't comment on DL as I have only been to Orlando and Paris, but out of those two I would def say WDW. The one at Paris gives you stinking headache and the queue is not up to WDW standards.
Published: October 13, 2011 at 3:44 AMMagic Kingdom ...
Published: October 13, 2011 at 6:19 AMI see this is a close one, WDW is better for the overall ride experience, but I like the Halloween stuff at Disneyland
Published: October 13, 2011 at 10:20 AMI voted for Disney World's. I agree with several others that Florida's track is more unpredictable. It seemed to me that whereas WDW's Space had numerous unexpected drops making for a more wild experience, DL's felt I was going straight (I now realize trhat the ride is spiraling downward but I'd rather have sudden dips).
Published: October 13, 2011 at 10:07 PMThis one was a very close decision for me. I love both versions. DL's is snazzy, and has all the bells and whistles, but MK's version has more of a thrill factor. It has more of a real "coaster in the dark" feel. I give a slight edge to MK's version, but the SM is a highlight of my vacation on either coast.