Disney Asked To Change Another Historic Ride Following Report

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Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort

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Space Mountain is one of Walt Disney World Resort’s most iconic roller-coasters. Even with the recent grand opening of TRON Lightcycle / Run, the historic coaster consistently boasts one of the longest wait times at Magic Kingdom Park. But one guest recently called on the Central Florida Disney park to change Space Mountain after observing what they called a “danger” on the ride.

Space Mountain

Located in Tomorrowland at multiple Disney Parks worldwide, Space Mountain is one of the most well-known indoor roller-coasters. After its success in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney Imagineers created versions for Tokyo Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland (Hyperspace Mountain), and Disneyland Paris Resort (Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain).

A sign for Space Mountain in front of the ride building.
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“Blast off on a rip-roaring rocket into the furthest reaches of outer space on this roller-coaster ride in the dark,” Walt Disney World Resort writes. “Dip and careen into the inky blackness as a futuristic soundtrack echoes all around you. Fly past shooting stars and celestial satellites. Roar past streaking orbs of light, wayward comets and migrant meteors. Feel the pull of gravity as you’re drawn into a swirling wormhole!”

Dangerous Conditions

On Tuesday, a recent Walt Disney World Resort guest shared their concerns about Space Mountain on Reddit. They felt that the Disney park should be forced to remove the hazards from the attraction.

“During the launch I put my hands up in the air as I do on a lot of roller coasters,” the guest began. “To my surprise and it kind of freaked me out, was that I was able to touch the ceiling in the launch tunnel. At this point you are going at a decent speed.”

guests on space mountain at disney world
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“How is this not an issue and safety problem?” the guest asked. “I am taller than average but only 6 ft tall. How is this even allowed? Has anyone ever been hurt before? Why are they able to have it that low?”

Some commenters agreed.

“That has happened to my dad as well,” u/fischy333 wrote.

disney world space mountain exterior
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But others blamed the guest for not adhering to Walt Disney World Resort’s rules.

“Did you not hear the part where they told you to keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle?” u/fishofhappiness asked. “This is why.”

No injuries caused by ceiling or track height on Space Mountain have ever been reported. However, in 1998, a 37-year-old was struck on the head by a falling object on the attraction. He suffered short-term memory loss and the paralyzation of his left arm. Though it wasn’t possible to determine precisely what hit him, a camera and a candle were found on the floor after the incident.

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Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on personal Disney Parks guest experiences. No two guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Park operations.

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