Space Mountain reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Space Mountain, a roller coaster in Tomorrowland at Disneyland. (The minimum height to ride is 40 inches.)
Written by Robert Niles
Originally opened in 1977, the Anaheim version of Disney's indoor "wild mouse" coaster ride through space now features an on-ride musical soundtrack, as well as a special Halloween version, "Ghost Galaxy" that runs in October.
Disneyland's Space Mountain also includes a dedicated loading bay for disabled guests, so they can load at their pace. The ride vehicle is on a platform that will eventually be slid into place and take off like other ride vehicles.
When we visited, the Halloween Ghost Galaxy overlay for Space Mountain was in place, and it was excellent. Essentially, there is a space ghost (not the one from the old Saturday morning cartoons) who chases you throughout the course of the ride. It is a very cool effect. My whole family loved Ghost Galaxy and we rode it several times. I also loved the way the onride music ebbed and flowed with the track layout, and how it swelled whenever the ghost appeared. Many people say the Disneyland version of Space Mountain is better than the Florida version, but both versions are a whole lot of fun, and are different enough that they can mutually coexist. If I was forced to pick one or the other I guess I would give a slight nod to Disneyland's version, but my wife says the opposite. Either way, Space Mountain continues to be a fun and invigorating coaster. - James Rao
Amazing theming and plenty of thrills. This blows the MK version out of the water. The on-board soundtrack just really helped to fulfill the experience. 10/10 - Bryce McGibeny
Other than Indiana Jones, this is the best ride in the park. This coaster is fast, lengthy, and has a rockin sound track as to go with it as well. The dips and turns in the dark are very fun. A definite must ride. - Manny Barron
Very good ride. I liked this more than the Magic Kingdom version. However, it would be nice to see the queue updated with the interactivity found in the other park. This was my kids' favorite ride in the park. - Carl Stovall
much much much much much much much much much much much better then disaster transport - ed shaheen
The most popular and famous ride at Disneyland this ride completly stands out. This ride usually has the longest lines at the park but its worth the wait - daniel reyes
It's pretty fast, which I like. So what if there are no drops? That's not what Disney is for. - Alicia Pearce
What a lame coaster. The theming can't make up for no drops. The fact that the ride is all right turns makes riding it in the dark pointles-no surprise. Now that WDW has sound, there's not much going for this version. Big Thunder has bigger and more drops. Over rated. - Skipper Adam
Love this coaster. This is what u can do with a, at best, an average coaster when u heavy theme it. Its the best indoor coaster I have ridden. Ghost Galaxy is also very good. I like that it is much darker. 10/10 - Will Chilcote
I love this ride. you have to ride it when you go to disneyland. worth the long lines. not only is it fast, fun, & a family coaster, but it makes you feel like you flying through space, seeing all the stars and planets. - N O
I rode this When I was five, and this coaster has more of a drop than any other ride in the park - Steven D
More attraction and restaurant ratings:
Stories from a Theme Park Insider
Stories from a Theme Park Insider offers a warm and often-funny look at what it's like to work inside the world's most popular theme park. It's a great read for theme park fans!
Top U.S. Theme Parks
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Other Top International Parks
Readers' Top Themed Rides
Top Roller Coasters
Top Theme Park Shows
Features, News and Advice
2014 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
2013 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2012 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2011 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2010 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2009 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2008 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2007 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2006 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2005 Blog PostsDec.
2004-2005Staff column archive