Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World (Orlando, Florida) is the best ride in the entire park (probably in any of the parks if I thought long and hard about comparing it to the other rides I loved). It's definitely the best ride in Disneyland as well in Los Angeles, California.
What makes this ride so amazing is that it convinced me to love roller coasters (and I am terrified of them! Heck, I cry every time I ride Splash Mountain--total wuss!). There is something about the combined elements of darkness, glow in the dark stars and planets, and high speeds that changes a ride from being a scary, "death defying thrill ride" into a magical adventure in outer space. I prefer magical rides over thrill rides.
There is absolutely nothing to not love about Space Mountain. The worst aspects of any ride at Disney World and Disney Land are the long lines, but this ride is worth any amount of wait. Plus, I like some of the items they have on display that sets the tone for the space adventure. With a little bit of imagination, you can really believe that you are an astronaunt about to see the glories of the universe up close and personal. If you want to ride Space Mountain but avoid the long lines, I suggest going to it close to closing, anywhere from one hour to thirty minutes. Since there are less people around, you will get to ride Space Mountain two or three times before you have to leave the park. This trick works for any of the rides even if it's a popular time of the year!
Another reason why I adore this ride is because it's something most of my friends and family can ride no matter the age. Some of the older members have complained about the quick jerks, but if you keep your head down and grip the safety bar, you're won't feel the turns as much. Me? I ride with my eyes wide open and hands in the air. I usually have a huge grin on my face throughout the entire experience. I'm really having that much fun, and I'm not afraid (which is the best part about this roller coaster).
Even though I didn't find the roller coaster scary, I don't recommend eating anything before riding it. Any ride or experience with quick movements and jerks could upset your stomach. So, why take an unnecessary risk? Play it safe rather than sorry. I'm sure your stomach will thank you as well as your senses, which will still be reeling from the enjoyment gained from this coaster.
I recommend this ride to anyone, even if you're not a fan of roller coasters. The first time I rode it, I was scared. I cried waiting in line, and I had my eyes closed during the actual ride. When it was over, I was surprised. My first response was: "That was it?" It's actually a disappointing ride if you keep your eyes closed, but if your stomach ties in a knot just thinking about a roller coaster, closing your eyes is probably the action you should take upon your first experience. Once you realize it's not all that bad, especially as far as roller coasters go, try riding it again--this time with your eyes wide open! You will have a whole new experience, like entering another galaxy. It's the combination of all the tiny details that make this ride so fantastic. You won't be disappointed.
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