When I visited Disneyland for the first time, one of my questions was how the parks and rides were different from each other. I wrote up a blog post about the general differences between the two parks, but now I want to take a closer look at the attractions that are on both coasts. Up first today is a popular one – Space Mountain!
Space Mountain is an indoor roller coaster located in Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom (WDW) and Disneyland Park (DL). As far as roller coasters go the track itself is relatively tame, but the excitement is that the lights are off inside with only the “stars” out, making it look like you are riding through outerspace.
- Seating. You’ll notice right when you get on that the cars are different – in Disney World you sit single file. In Disneyland there are two seats per row so you sit next to someone else.
- Music. Disneyland’s version has a really cool soundtrack with good music playing while you ride.
- Beginning of the ride. In Disneyland it felt like we were going through a really cool tunnel that was almost spinning with the effects that they used. There is a red tunnel in Disney World as well, but it doesn’t have the same effect.
- The tracks. They aren’t too different, but the one in Disney World felt like you get more “airtime” and sudden drops, whereas Disneyland seemed to have more sudden sharp turns and not really drops. Also, Disney World has two different tracks to accommodate more riders while Disneyland only has one.
- After the ride. In Disney World there is a moving escalator that takes you through some cool “scenes” of space and the future. This doesn’t exist in Disneyland.
For me, Disneyland has the better version of Space Mountain. It was close, because I enjoy the sudden drops of the ride in Disney World. But I really loved what the music added to the ride in Disneyland. It was also a little smoother there and I liked that I could sit next to my husband instead of in front of or behind him.
Have you been on both, one of them, or none? What do you think of Space Mountain?