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Best mountain in the kingdom

Walt Disney World: Space and Splash and Big Thunder, only 1 can be #1

From Matt Babiak
Posted November 12, 2011 at 3:35 PM
Top 3 thrill rides in the Magic Kingdom all go by the name of Mountain. Which is the best?


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From Andrew Carrieri
Posted November 12, 2011 at 3:36 PM
1)Splash Mountain-Quite possibly the best flume on earth. The drop is fun but the music and scenary along the way make the ride for me.
2)Space Mountain-The ride is fun and because it is in the dark, this slow (thirty mph) coaster feels more thrilling than it otherwise would.
3)Big Thunder Mountain Railroad-The ride is fun but not as good as Splash or Space. The theming along the track is interesting and well done but as a whole, this mountain is the least creative of the three.

From Nick Markham
Posted November 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM
1) Splash Mountain: Its one of the best if not the best flume ride in the world. Add side-by-side seating, and it gets even better.

2) Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: It is huge at 197 feet tall, and it is definitely a whole lot of fun. Arguably the second best BTMR only behind DLP's BTMR.

3) Space Mountain: If it is only out of these three, Space Mountain is third, but I would honestly rather ride Cinderella's Carousel than this one. I'm just not a fan.

From steve lee
Posted November 12, 2011 at 5:03 PM
1. Splash - pure imagineering at its finest. While I also enjoy Dudley Do-Right over at IOA, Splash Mountain is the best themed flume there is.

2. Big Thunder - admittedly this is a purely personal choice, as my wife loves this ride and rarely wants to go on Space Mountain. She doesn't ride a lot of coasters, so I take special enjoyment out of the ones she will ride (next weekend I'm gonna try to get her on Thunderhead. Fingers crossed).

3. Space - again, the personal aspect works against it. I haven't been on it since the long refurbishment a few years ago, so my enjoyment level may be raised next time I'm down there.

From steve lee
Posted November 12, 2011 at 7:04 PM
Actually, after watching this promotional video I may have to change my stance on Splash Mountain. A whole lot of cool points just got lost.

What was wrong with us in the 80s?

From Andrew Carrieri
Posted November 12, 2011 at 10:40 PM
^ I don't know. To me, that video goes in the "it was so bad it was good" category. lol

From Matt Babiak
Posted November 13, 2011 at 5:43 AM
Steve, I'm now mad at you! My life was so much better before I saw that video.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted November 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM
Splash Mountain!

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted November 14, 2011 at 8:13 AM
Splash mt and space mt

From Skipper Adam
Posted November 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM
Space- not because I work there. I loved this ride long before that. It's not the craziest coaster out there. It's not tall, not fast, not a lot of things, but it is well paced. As the ride goes on, it's the only coaster that gets more exciting towards the end. Each turn and drop builds up to the next and makes for a great two minutes. Most coasters, after the first half, are just filler and usually never keep the rider guessing or excited.

Splash- Not a boring drop in this ride. The music and sights are catchy and it's a long ride, making it feel really worth the wait. It isn't a real log flume, but a water coaster (otherwise we couldn't go uphill on that one drop) but whatever it is, it's the best.

Thunder- This coaster is fun. It's simple, and so simple that it's ...fun. What I don't like is that last lift. It feels like it is building up to something, a finale, but it is just a short helix back to the station.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted November 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM
Skipper Adam said: "As the ride goes on, it's the only coaster that gets more exciting towards the end. Each turn and drop builds up to the next and makes for a great two minutes. Most coasters, after the first half, are just filler and usually never keep the rider guessing or excited."

Obviously, it's all a matter of personal opinion, but I'm gonna guess you haven't been on Voyage or, to a lesser extent, El Toro. Those rides never really let up, especially Voyage. If you haven't been, I hope you get the chance sometime. Based on your profile, you seem to like your coasters!!!

From Skipper Adam
Posted November 14, 2011 at 11:15 AM
Mike, you're right. I should have said that for the coaster's I've been on. I almost got to ride those coasters this past summer, but King's Island ended up happening instead.

But I stand by it, most coasters are great when they start but then seem to get dull at the end. There are exceptions, and Space is one of them. The Texas Giant and Boardwalk Bullet are too, so I shouldn't have said that.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted November 14, 2011 at 11:26 AM
Don't disagree with you in the least..It's especially true with recent B&M Hypers..Diamondback, Behemoth, and Intimidator Carowinds all run out of gas about 2/3 of the way through. That's why rides like Intimidator 305 are great rides..full tank!

From Skipper Adam
Posted November 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM
Lets not forget the Ernest Goes to Splash Mountain special. Was it ever that old? I guess so.

From Randy Stellar
Posted November 15, 2011 at 7:29 AM
According to the tattoo on the back of my neck, my vote goes to Space.

From Skipper Adam
Posted November 15, 2011 at 12:32 PM
If you ever come to Space and a guy know as Skipper Adam is working, show me that tattoo.

From Randy Stellar
Posted November 17, 2011 at 6:14 AM
It's the artwork logo that's on the (I believe removed)fake big computer that's immediately on the left as you go up the exit ramp. I THINK it's also on the operators' control boxes. I'd attach a photo but I don't think you can on this site.

From Skipper Adam
Posted November 17, 2011 at 7:37 AM
I know what you're talking about. I work there so there are lots of old logos about.

From Giovanny Cruz
Posted November 22, 2011 at 11:00 AM
1.Space Mountain because its an indoor coaster and I love those and good theme its not that fast but still my favorite in MK.
2.Spash Mountain because I love the theme and the fall its pretty cool.
3.Thunder Mountain because I like Splash Mountain and Space Mountain more but I do like this ride because its really long and I love that.

From Dan S
Posted November 26, 2011 at 9:23 AM
1. Splash mountain : I just love the themeing of the ride. Yes, it isn't the most exciting of the three, but the story that the scenery puts on is better then the other two mountains.

2. Space mountain`: Since the rest of these two coasters have little to no story in them, I'm going to have to base these two out of thrill, and space mountain defiantly beats big thunder mountain.

3. Big thunder mountain : Nothing really to say ; i just find this ride boring.

From Matt Babiak
Posted November 26, 2011 at 1:01 PM
WHEN IS THAT GOING TO BE? I'VE NEVER HEARD ABOUT that.(sorry, didn't realize that I had caps lock on)

From steve lee
Posted November 26, 2011 at 1:12 PM
There's a decent chunk of work being done to BTMRR during its early 2012 three-month refurb, but I seriously doubt it will be anything worthy of massive praise. The section of track that's being replaced is a lift hill - not exactly the most riveting part of a ride - and it's unclear if the technological upgrades are going to involve new elements or just repairing what's currently there.

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