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The Story: Greeting space travelers to Starport Seventy-Five! Here you will board a spacecraft in order to fly off to one of our travel destinations around the galaxy. While flying out there, make sure to watch out for any incoming asteroids!

Height Restriction: None
Attraction Length: 2.5 minutes
Fastpass? Yes

The History: The history of Space Mountain actually begins in Disneyland in one of the most unexpected places: the edge of Fantasyland! Back in 1959, Disneyland opened up the first tubular steel track rollercoaster in the world, The Matterhorn Bobsleds. While working on the concept of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom the idea of opening the Matterhorn in Fantasyland was tossed around, but eventually discouraged due to the fact that it didn't fit with the overall story Imagineers wanted to tell in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland.

The idea to bring an attraction, with a similar track to Disneyland's Matterhorn, was continuously tossed around until one day someone realized there was an awful lot of space in Tomorrowland (pardon the pun) just waiting to be filled! So the ride concept for Matterhorn was translated into a new storyline about traveling into space by Imagineer John Hench shortly before Walt Disney's death. The attraction, entitled Space Port and Space Voyage, among other names, would eventually be named Space Mountain by Walt Disney.

Unfortunately with Walt's passing in 1966 several of the new concept ideas for Magic Kingdom were put on hold with Space Mountain being near the top of the list of attractions that would most likely never be seen by the general public. When Walt Disney World opened in 1971 guests soon began to make a demand for more attractions that had some sort of thrill factor. Imagineers quickly got to work on attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain.

Just four years after the Magic Kingdom opened, Space Mountain officially became the first "mountain" to open up in Walt Disney World! Since then all of the other Magic Kingdom styled parks around the world (including Disneyland) have received their own version of this now classic attraction.

Space Mountain officially opened to the public on January 15, 1975.

Fun Facts: The two tracks inside Space Mountain are named Alpha (the right track) and Omega (the left one). The Alpha track is actually ten feet longer than Omega measuring in at 3,196 feet with Omega being 3,186 feet.

Space Mountain is the oldest operating roller coaster in Florida.

Location: Tomorrowland.

Touring Tips: The longer you wait to go on Space Mountain during the day, the longer the line will get. It typically has the longest wait in the entire park by the end of the day so make sure you get a Fastpass for the attraction or get there earlier in the day in order to have less of a wait!

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