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Space Mountain (Disneyland Park; opened 2005)

Roller coaster in the United States
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Space Mountain
Disneyland Park
Location Anaheim, California, USA
Coordinates 33°48′40″N 117°55′03″W / 33.811024°N 117.917550°W / 33.811024; -117.917550
Park section Tomorrowland
Status Operating since July 15, 2005
Theme designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Rider height 40 inch minimum
Replaced Space Mountain
Statistics
Manufacturer Dynamic Structures
Designer / calculations Walt Disney Imagineering
Type Steel - Enclosed
Riders per train 12
Hourly capacity 2,000
Propulsion 3 chain lift hills
Height 100 feet
Top speed 35.2 mph
Length 3459 feet
Inversions 0
Duration 2:45
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Space Mountain is a steel enclosed roller coaster located at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, USA. It has a similar track design that of Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom, Florida. The ride's theme involves space travel from a distant part of the universe back to the home galaxy. During the Halloween season, the ride's theme is changed to "Ghost Galaxy", and on certain times, the ride's theme is changed to Hyperspace Mountain. It was rethemed as "Rockin Space Mountain" from 2005 to 2008.

History

In April 2003, it was discovered that the old track on the original Space Mountain was structurally unsound. Stress cracks were spotted around the supports, from wear and tear. This was also enhanced by how heavy the trains were, with their soundboxes and the general increase of ride weight from when it first opened. The ride closed on April 10, 2003, to no final day.[1]

The roller coaster went through major refurbishment which replaced almost everything including props, lines, trains and music. Space Mountain was rebuilt from scratch as well.[1] The new track opened on July 15, 2005, 2 years after the original closed. The ride contained a new soundtrack composed by Michael Giacchino.

On September 25, 2009, the Halloween overlay for Space Mountain named "Ghost Galaxy" came to Anaheim 2 years after its debut at Hong Kong Disneyland.[2][3]

On November 16, 2015, Space Mountain received an overlay "Hyperspace Mountain" for the season of force.[4]A new extended queue area was added in 2018, occupying the spot of Starcade.[5]

Design

Elements

Originally, the ride was going to be a clone of the Magic Kingdom version. However, due to space limitations in the park, the ride had to be much smaller in order to fit in the surrounding area.

Trains

12 trains with 2 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows, for a total of 12 riders per train.

Images

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Space Mountain closed until 2005".
  2. Rivera, Heather Rust (2009-09-28). "Halloween Time at Disneyland Resort Features New Attractions – Ghost Galaxy at Space Mountain". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved 2024-03-06.
  3. "Disneyland Ride Review: An eerie trip into space on Ghost Galaxy". Orange County Register (in English). 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2024-03-06.
  4. "Disneyland's "Star Wars" Seasons of Force begins Nov. 16".
  5. "ALL NEW Space Mountain queue unveiled at Disneyland [Photos and Video]".

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