2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Countdown to 2012 WDW Marathon Weekend #29

#29 - Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain
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From the Walt Disney World website:
Blast off on a journey into outer space on this classic attraction. Board a sleek, rocket-shaped vehicle in the glow-in-the-dark Space Port and begin a steady climb up the 180-foot high mountain, passing the Mission Control booth and myriad pulsating lights along the way.

Once at the top, feel the wind race across your face as you are propelled through the remote blackness of the dark universe—illuminated only by shooting stars, celestial satellites, spinning black holes and shimmering constellations—during a rip-roaring rocket ride through the farthest reaches of time and space.

And because the majority of the attraction takes place in the dark, you just never know which way you are going to turn or drop!

Space Mountain Rockets
Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom theme park features 2 rocket-shaped vehicles consisting of 3 seats per vehicle that blast off from 2 separate tracks. It is the only version of the attraction that contains 2 separate tracks.

The left side track is called the Alpha; the right side track is called the Omega. Both tracks are nearly identical and mirror each other in twists and drops.

The rockets that race through space achieve a maximum speed of 28 miles per hour—but feel much faster in the dark.

Space Mountain Post-Show
After exiting your rocket-vehicle, you will board a moving runway to the Tomorrowland area, passing scenes of futuristic homes and businesses, as well as television monitors that broadcast your image live along the way.

Why am I looking forward to Space Mountain?
Space Mountain is a classic Magic Kingdom ride that is a must do for me.  Unlike most people, I like the WDW version better than the Disneyland version.  Don't get me wrong, both rides are good, but I like the fact that the WDW version has drops, I just find this more thrilling than the Disneyland version.  Of course, if you're looking for even more thrills the Disneyland Paris version includes inversions and is quite a good ride as well.

The queue for Space Mountain includes some interactive games that can be entertaining during longer wait times, but can be totally bypassed on short line days.  The queue is very long and walking it without stopping takes a few minutes, but it's dark and cool and a great break from the hectic atmosphere of outside. 

The ride has two sides that can be operated, but during slower times usually only one will be running.  It doesn't really matter which one you take, but for some reason I've always liked the right side better than the left.

Seating on this ride isn't the most comfortable.  Each rocket ship consists of two cars that each hold three passengers in a back to front formation.  If you are a bit larger or very tall, it can be a bit of a tight squeeze.  Getting in to the vehicle isn't too difficult, but getting out can be quite difficult on the best of days.  I always feel awkward getting out of these vehicles.

Once everyone is seated and lap bars are checked, the launch sequence begins.  It's a bit odd on this ride because there's a ride photo taken before you actually start the ride - I don't personally understand this one, but it's there so smile for the camera.  Then you hit the launch tube...The lights flash and you're off.

This is a completely dark ride, there are no lights so you cannot see where you're going.  You'll hear some music on your journey and you'll see different space features as you go.  There are a couple of drops, but nothing too intense.

As you exit your spaceship (hopefully more gracefully than me), you'll head on to a moving walkway that will take you through some futuristic scenes and video cameras so you can check your hair :).

I must warn runners/walkers - the ride can be a bit rough and if you're sore after a race you might find this ride a bit jarring and painful.  You'll be jostled a bit on the ride and if you're not familiar with the track some of the turns may catch you off guard and bump sore muscles in to the sides of the ride vehicle.

If you're looking for a little fun in space, check out Space Mountain the next time you're in the Magic Kingdom.

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