For many people, Space Mountain is a favorite ride at Walt Disney World. The attraction has been open for 45 years and appears to be unchanging in terms of popularity and customers’ love and appreciation of this roller coaster. It’s also a really unusual and intriguing attraction! Here are 9 Space Mountain facts and secrets:

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The first indoor roller coaster in the world.

This was the first roller coaster that was completely enclosed indoors. That was a remarkable achievement given the era in which this roller coaster was built. This opened up a new way of looking at roller coasters, and we now see other indoor roller coasters all around the world. In addition, except for Disneyland Shanghai, Space Mountain attractions may be found at every Disney Park worldwide.

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In this handout photo, guests arrive in Tomorrowland at the Disneyland Resort on April 30, 2021, in Anaheim. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)

The structural beams are on the exterior rather than the interior.

When you approach the huge structure that houses Space Mountain, you will notice concrete structural beams on the outside of the complex. This is not a common technique in most building designs since builders like to conceal structural components inside the design so that the outside seems more appealing. As a result, the design was one-of-a-kind. One of the primary reasons for doing so while building Space Mountain was to display stars and illumination on the ceilings and walls as part of your space-like journey. Smooth surfaces are required to provide the desired appearance, and the supports would have taken up space on the interior, preventing a smooth surface.

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It has PhotoPass

The ride is a PhotoPass attraction, thus photographs are taken while on the ride. This is ideal for Memory Maker users since it adds all ride photographs to their accounts and allows for unlimited downloading at no extra cost. Even if you don’t have Memory Maker, you can still buy individual ride photographs. Ride photographs (and photos in general) are some of the greatest mementos you can have, so it’s fantastic to be able to freeze a moment of Disney enchantment in time.

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The steepest slope is only 39 degrees.

The dips feel considerably steeper as you’re flying through the dark towards “space.” This demonstrates how important all of your senses are in both enjoying and perceiving an event. It’s so much more than simply drops and ride paths.

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When designing Space Mountain, Imagineers interviewed astronauts.

We all know that Disney is recognized for the degree of care that the Imagineers go to in order to do research and create flawless experiences for visitors with every aspect taken into account. This is one of the reasons why the attractions have been so popular for so long. Gordon Cooper was consulted when it came to designing and developing the Space Mountain experience. He is a genuine astronaut who has been to space and served as a consultant to assist provide the greatest experience possible. That has clearly paid off, as seen by the attraction’s continued popularity after all these years.

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Space Mountain’s peak.

The structure is 183 feet tall at its highest point. It was erected at this height so that it did not compete with the height and level of impressiveness of Cinderella’s Castle, which was intended to be the park’s most impressive focal point. The building that houses the attraction is approximately 300 feet in diameter, making it a massive and magnificent structure to house such a popular attraction.

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Space Mountain was the first time computers were used to control a roller coaster.

The technology used for Space Mountain was brand new and absolutely cutting edge for the time. The computer systems that were installed allowed the system to detect the weight of the cars and manage the pace at which the ride vehicles went through dips and other places of the trip. This is a standard technique for nearly every roller coaster built today, but it was unheard of at the time Space Mountain was created, making the attraction a true trendsetter and piece of roller coaster history.

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Parents attempted to smuggle a baby in a duffel bag onto Space Mountain.

Obviously, you’re not allowed to bring toddlers and babies onto every ride available at Disney World’s theme parks. There are certainly areas where you’re encouraged to do so, but we all know you’re not going to be able to smuggle your wailing child through the hour-long wait for Space Mountain and onto the indoor roller coaster itself. Still, that didn’t stop one dummy from trying to do just that. Disney Fanatic reports a visitor once attempted to smuggle a large bag onto the ride. When the visitor refused to open the bag after being stopped by the ride’s cast members, security arrived. They found a 6-month-old baby inside that the parent was trying to hide in order to ride Space Mountain. Encounters like this are much more frequent than you realize, as parents oftentimes don’t bring someone who could watch their children who are too small to ride certain attractions.

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Attraction facts:

Space Mountain Reaches speeds up to 28 miles per hour
44” height requirement
Ride duration is 2 minutes and 38 seconds
There are two different ride tracks

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