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Space Mountain: Height Requirements, Fun Facts, and More

Space Mountain: Height Requirements, Fun Facts, and More

I still have a very vivid memory of being mad at my mother because she wouldn’t let me ride Space Mountain during my own childhood trip to Disney World when I was in elementary school.

In retrospect, it was probably a good call on her part. I think the ride would have terrified me back then.

Space Mountain is an indoor, dark space-themed roller coaster located in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom. There are also versions of Space Mountain in Disneyland in California (1977), Tokyo Disneyland (1983), Disneyland Paris (1995), and Hong Kong Disneyland (2005).

The original Space Mountain in Disney World opened in 1975, making it one of the oldest rides at the park. Decades later, it’s still one of the most popular rides in the Magic Kingdom. Wait times can easily be over an hour, so consider either getting on line right at rope drop or getting a FastPass if you plan to ride it.

While Space Mountain is not my favorite ride at Disney World (I’ll talk more about that later), it is an iconic attraction that was literally ahead of its time and has a huge amount of nostalgia for many people my age.

Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom
Photo courtesy of Judd at WDWOW

 

Space Mountain Height Requirement

You have to be 44 inches to ride. Don’t forget that if you want to ride Space Mountain, but your kids can’t (or don’t want to), you can use Rider Swap, aka Baby Swap or Kid Swap.

If some of the adults in your party don’t want to ride Space Mountain, the Carousel of Progress or WedWay Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover (two rides that always have short lines) are good, much calmer, alternatives. You can split your party up and meet back up at, say, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe when you’re finished.

 

Does Space Mountain Go Upside Down?

Nope. It has no inversions, loops, or corkscrews of any kind. If you want that kinda crazy stuff, you’ll need to head over to Hollywood Studios and ride Rock n Roller Coaster.

 

Does Space Mountain Have Drops?

Yes, but they’re relatively small. Disney Lists says that the steepest slope is 39 degrees. As a comparison, Splash Mountain’s drop at the end of the ride is 45 degrees. The Space Mountain drops are also not nearly as long as the one in Splash Mountain.

 

Space Mountain in Disney World
Photo courtesy of Laurie at Pics from the World of Disney

 

How Fast Does Space Mountain Go?

I was surprised to recently discover that Space Mountain, at only 28 miles per hour, is slower than both Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. This actually stuck me as kind of funny, because when I was a kid, Space Mountain was considered the big-bad-scary-attraction (that my mother wouldn’t let me ride).

I’m guessing that if you rode Space Mountain with the lights on, it would seem like a much more mild experience (and the video below confirms that suspicion). Like a lot of things in Disney World, the effects create a sensation that’s different from the actual reality.

 

Video — Space Mountain with the Lights On

 

Is Space Mountain a Roller Coaster?

I always thought of Space Mountain as a roller coaster. In fact, I distinctly remember it being described as “a roller coaster in the dark” when I was a kid. (And I always thought of it as the “big-bad-scary roller coaster in the dark.”)

But while I was researching this post, I kept coming across the term “Wild Mouse.” As in, “Space Mountain is basically a Wild Mouse ride in the dark with a space theme,” or even “Space Mountain isn’t really even a roller coaster; it’s more of a Wild Mouse.”

Huh.

I have a memory of riding something called the “Wild Mouse” in Rye Playland in New York when I was about eleven. Interestingly, I remember not liking it a whole lot because it kept feeling like we were about to fall off the edge. I mean, I guess that was the point of the ride, but I wasn’t a huge fan of that sensation.

So what exactly is a wild mouse, anyway?

Wikipedia explains it this way:

A type of roller coaster characterised by small cars that seat four people or fewer and ride on top of the track, taking tight, flat turns (without banking) at modest speeds, yet producing high lateral G-forces. The track work is characterised by many turns and bunny hops …

Almost all Wild Mice feature “switchback” sections, consisting of several of these unbanked turns, separated by straight sections … Some riders, usually among taller people, report sustaining whiplash after being subjected to these turns.

The feeling of a Wild Mouse coaster is amplified by using cars that are wider than the track itself, giving the impression that the riders are hanging off the side or that they might fly out, thus giving it the name “wild.”

 

Video — Front Seat on Wild Mouse Ride

 

Okay, so … it sounds like a Wild Mouse is a type of roller coaster that, instead of being a fast, “thrill” ride, is more about sudden turns and high lateral G-force.

You learn something new every day.

By the way, if you want to ride a bona-fide Wild Mouse (and you have access to a good chiropractor), that would be the Primeval Whirl at Dinoland U.S.A. in Animal Kingdom.

 

Space Mountain Deaths and Injuries

I’m real sorry to have to bring this up. I know this isn’t the most pleasant thing to read about while planning your Disney trip.

However, my Blogger Superpowers tell me that lots of people want to know this information, so it seems incomplete to write an article about Space Mountain without including it.

If reading about people who died while on vacation isn’t your thing, kindly just scroll down to the line of asterisks …

 

Wikipedia lists four incidents that happened on Space Mountain over a period of 35 years:

1) In 1980, a 10 year old girl became ill while riding Space Mountain and later died from a pre-existing heart condition.

2) In 1998, a 37 year old man was hit on the head from a falling object. (A camera and a candle were later found on the bottom floor of the ride.) He was paralyzed in one arm and suffered from short-term memory loss, which caused him to lose his job.

3) In 2006, a 6 year old boy who was a terminal cancer patient visiting the Magic Kingdom as part of a Give the Kids the World program fainted after riding Space Mountain and later died.

4) In 2006, a 73 year old man with a heart condition lost consciousness while riding Space Mountain and died three days later.

5) In 2015, a 55 year old woman with a history of hypertension and congestive heart failure lost consciousness during the ride and later died of cardiopulmonary arrest and septic shock.

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Okay, now moving along to move pleasant things, like …

 

Space Mountain Fun Facts

Space Mountain in Tomorrowland
Photo courtesy of Laurie at Pics from the World of Disney

I always think Disney World trivia and behind-the-scenes stuff is really fun. Here are 6 interesting facts I found from Mental Floss:

 

1. Walt Disney originally didn’t think that fast thrill rides had a place in his family-friendly park, but he changed his mind with the popularity of the Matterhorn bobsled ride in California’s Disneyland.

2. The entire Space Mountain complex, including the arcade and permanent amphitheater, cost more money to build than the entire Disneyland park in California. (Disneyland had cost $17 million, while the Space Mountain complex cost $18 million.)

3. If you want your ride on Space Mountain to be ever-so-slightly longer, choose the “Alpha” track. It’s 10 feet longer than the “Omega” track.

4. When the ride was originally conceptualized, the technology to build it didn’t exist yet. John Hench designed the attraction in the early 1960’s, but work on it had to pause for many years while waiting for the technology to catch up. Space Mountain finally opened in the Magic Kingdom in 1975.

5. Space Mountain was the first (and is now the oldest) indoor roller coaster.

6. The grand opening of Space Mountain included fireworks, NASA astronauts, Mickey and friends wearing space suits, and a 2,000-piece marching band.

7. When you exit the ride, there’s a blue panel at the end of the moving sidewalk that mentions “Closed Sectors.” The acronyms listed stand for closed attractions and the lands they were once located in:

FL-MTWR = Fantasyland, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
TL-SK2FL = Tomorrowland, Skyway to Fantasyland
MSU-SB = Main Street USA, Swan Boats
FL-MMR = Fantasyland, Mickey Mouse Revue
TL-M2M = Tomorrowland, Mission to Mars

 

 

Is Space Mountain Scary?

Hmm … that’s always tough to answer, because it’s so subjective. Plus it begs the question, Do you want it to be scary? In other words, do you consider “scary” to be a good thing?

Like I mentioned earlier, Space Mountain doesn’t go upside down or have big drops, and it’s the slowest Disney roller coaster other than the Barnstormer (if that even counts).

I’ll be perfectly honest: Space Mountain is my least favorite roller coaster in Disney World. One of the reasons is to that, to me, it’s more jerky and painful than the other coasters (which makes sense now after reading about that “wild mouse” stuff described above).

But also, the whole “ride in the dark with lights flashing everywhere” is … not really my thing.

It’s kinda weird, because I think that, objectively, Rock n Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror (and probably even Expedition Everest) are scarier rides than Space Mountain.

But it’s a scariness that I like and find exciting. Maybe a better word for them is thrilling.

But when I ride Space Mountain, on the other hand, I’m wincing half the time and am scared that I’m about to smash into a wall or that I have to duck my head to avoid banging into something at full speed.

It’s not a particularly pleasant experience for me. Someone on the Disboards said, “I would call it more annoying than scary,” and that’s a good way to put it.

Except that, yeah … I find it both annoying and scary.

On the other hand, I’ve heard people say that they find Space Mountain less scary because they can’t see what’s coming.

Nope. Not me.

SaraJayne from the Disboards says:

I’ve ridden Space Mountain three times in all my trips to DW. Every single time, I’ve gotten off completely shaking.

That ride terrifies me. It’s jerky and you will feel it later in the day in your lower back. You’re thrown all over, as well as jerked up and down.

This last time (a couple days ago), I really believed I was going to be thrown out of the car, that’s how jerky it was. I was sitting in the front seat of the second car, which has no protection around your legs.

I’m certain my face looked like this ~ ?.

It’s LOUD and disorienting.

So why have I ridden it three times you ask? The first time I didn’t know any better :laughing:, the second time, three years had gone by and I thought I was ready for it again (nope!) and just this last time, DS had never ridden it and I apparently lost my mind and told him I would do it once. :rolleyes:

That said, I love BTMRR and Rock n Rollercoaster and can handle EE a couple times. But SM is OUT of the line up for me, for now and forevermore. :lmao:

If BTMRR scares you, STAY AWAY from SM.

 

Space Mountain
Photo courtesy of Laurie at Pics from the World of Disney

 

Space Mountain or Expedition Everest?

This a question I’ve seen asked on Disney forums a lot, so I thought I’d address it here.

I’m obviously biased, because Expedition Everest is quite possibly my favorite ride in all of Disney World.

I love the view from the top, I love when it goes backward, it’s a smoother ride than Space Mountain, and while it’s thrilling, I’m not actually scared in that holy-crap-is-my-head-about-to-bash-into-something way I am on Space Mountain.

Of course, not everyone agrees with me. I have heard people say they get more motion sick on Expedition Everest, and of course if the idea of going backward sounds nauseating or terrifying or both, then Expedition Everest may not be the ride for you.

 

Space Mountain vs. Space Mountain

No, that wasn’t a typo. It was an attempted cute way of saying, “Which Space Mountain is better, the one in Disney World or the one in Disneyland?

I have never been to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, so all I can share with you is what I’ve read.

It does sound like a lot of people prefer Disneyland’s version of Space Mountain:

WDWisLife on the DisBoards says:

The version in Disneyland is better. The music is awesome, and it is much louder than the recently added music in WDW since there are speakers on each car, which makes for a much more intense ride! Also, the track itself has been changed more recently, which makes it a lot smoother.

 

And gilesmt says:

DL is way better, first you get to experience it with a partner, the seats are double. Second the music is in the seats. Third it is almost in total darkness and you can not see the track. Fourth the track is smoother. Fifth I think it is longer (but I am not sure).

 

Now it’s your turn.
What do you think of Space Mountain? Is it scary? How would you compare it to the other roller coasters at Disney World? Have you ridden the Disneyland version, and if so, how do the two compare? Let us know below in the comments!

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8 Great Places to Have Breakfast at Epcot

8 Great Places to Have Breakfast at Epcot

We all know that you can save both time and money by just eating a quick bowl of cereal or granola bar in your hotel room for breakfast. But come on, do you want to start every morning like that? Sometimes it’s nice to start the day with something a little more fun and interesting.

Here’s everything you need to know about getting breakfast in (or near) Epcot.

Epcot Breakfast Before the Park Opens

There are two options for having breakfast in Epcot before the park officially opens, and they are both character meals: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway and Garden Grill in Future Land.

We’ll get to the details of these two restaurants in a moment, but first let’s discuss pre-park opening reservations (or PPO ADRs) in general.

There are two obvious advantages to pre-park opening dining:
1) You don’t “waste” the early morning eating when you should be taking advantage of the shorter lines.

2) You get a chance for some photo opportunities while the park is relatively empty.

The earliest reservation you can get is an hour before the park opens. For example, if Epcot opens at 9:00am, you can book your breakfast (if you’re lucky enough for it to be available) at 8:00am.

But it’s important to understand how this works if the park is having Extra Magic Hours. For example, if Extra Magic Hours start at 8:00am, the earliest breakfast reservations will still be at 8:00am. … so it’s kind of defeating the purpose of getting a pre-park opening reservation.

Tom Bricker at Disney Tourist Blog has a clever way to handle this dilemma: Book two pre-park breakfasts on different days as early as possible. Later, when the Extra Magic Hours calendar is released, cancel one of the reservations if it coincides with your park’s EMH.

You’ll be able to enter the 7:30am if you have a PPO reservation, maybe even 7:20am if you’re lucky.

And by the way, you can enter at that time for any PPO reservation. So it’s not “you can enter 30 minutes before your reservation,” but rather “you can enter when everyone with a reservation before 9:00am can enter.”

If you didn’t already know, Disney transportation can sometimes be a pain in the rear unreliable, so if running late would stress you out, you may want to consider getting an Uber or Minnie Van for that morning.

Now let’s discuss each the two character breakfasts available before the park opens.

 

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall Princess Breakfast

Epcot Princess breakfast
Photo courtesy of Laurie at Pics from the World of Disney

 

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall is located in the Norway Pavilion inside of Epcot’s World Showcase. It counts as one Table Service credit on the Disney Dining Plan, and reservations are required.

Akershus is often thought of as the cheaper (and perhaps even better) alternative to Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom.

Touring Plans currently lists the breakfast prices as $48 for adults and $27 for children.

The breakfast is a buffet that includes menu items like scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, potato casserole, lingonberry muffins, and bagels and cream cheese.

Cinderella at Akershus Banquet Hall in Epcot
Rachael with Cinderella at Akershus

The photo above is from when Rachael and I went to Akershus for lunch several years ago. I remember (only because I was smart enough to write it down) that Cinderella commented on their matching headbands, which made Rachael very happy.

In addition to Cinderella, you’ll meet Belle, who acts as host, Snow White, Aurora (“Sleeping Beauty”), and Ariel, and “sometimes Mary Poppins.” (This strikes me as a little amusing that Mary Poppins, who isn’t even a princess, just randomly shows up from time to time. But hey, I love Mary Poppins, so whatever.)

If you have a pre-park opening breakfast at Akershus, you’ll probably want to hit Frozen Ever After as soon as you’re done and may not even need it to be part of your FastPass strategy.

 

The Garden Grill Restaurant

The Garden Grill is located in Future World in The Land Pavilion. It is also counts as one Table Service credit on the Disney Dining Plan, and reservations are required.

Touring Plans currently lists the price as $38 for adults and $23 for children.

Unlike Akershus, which is a buffet, Garden Grill is called a “family-style restaurant,” which means they bring a set assortment of food to your table, and you can request more of anything if you like. They offer basic breakfast foods like scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon, Mickey waffles, fruit, and hash browns.

The really neat thing about Garden Grill is that you’re on a rotating platform where you get to see into various scenes from The Land attraction. Not only is that a kind of unique experience, but it makes your seating a little more private and feels less chaotic than your typical character meal. Look at the photo below to see what I mean.

You’ll get to meet “Farmer Mickey,” plus Pluto and Chip & Dale. Between the fact that Chip & Dale are some of my favorite Disney characters to meet and that I really enjoy the rotating restaurant concept, I have a definite bias toward Garden Grill.

Garden Grill character meal at Epcot
Rebecca and I with “Farmer Mickey” at the Garden Grill

 

Quick Service Breakfast Options in Epcot

If you want something cheaper and quicker for breakfast, there are several quick service options.

One trick some people do is keep a few Ziplock bags in their backpack or purse and stop at one of the bakeries as they’re leaving the park at the end of the day. They buy something to bring back to their room that they can enjoy for breakfast the next morning.

Sunshine Seasons

Sunshine Seasons at Epcot

Sunshine Seasons is basically a food court in The Land pavilion. That doesn’t sound very exciting, but for a while my girls had an almost irrational love for it. I’m guessing it’s because there are so many options and because they can get their food quickly. And the food is good.

While there are lots of sugary things on the menu, like Chocolate Croissants, Mickey Oreo Cheesecake, and Creme Brulee, you certainly don’t have to begin your day here with a sugar rush. For example, the Adult Breakfast Platter comes with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, and cinnamon French toast pudding.

Breakfast Croissant at Sunshine Seasons
Breakfast Croissant with a side of potatoes

 

Sunshine Seasons also has some good vegetarian options, such as the Breakfast Power Wrap that contains wild rice, sweet potatoes, blueberries, avocado, and tofu.

 

Kringla Bakeri Og Cafe

Kringla Bakeri Og Cafe is located in the Norway pavilion, which makes it a great place to grab something on the way to or from Frozen Ever After.

This is mostly a pastry place, and the Big Star here is the School Bread, which is a “Sweet Cardamom Bun filled with Vanilla Creme Custard and Topped with Glazed and Toasted Coconuts.”

I have to say that, while I like the School Bread and would happily scarf it down if someone set it in front of me right now, I didn’t think it was All That. Maybe that was just because it had such a huge build-up. It was kind of like seeing the movie La-La Land.

I actually prefer the Berry Cream Puff — but than again, I am partial to anything with fruit.

Berry Cream Puff at Kringla Bakeri og Cafe
Berry Cream Puff at Kringla Bakeri og Cafe

 

Les Halles Boulangerie and Patisserie

We make a point to stop at this bakery, located in the France pavilion, and take something back to the room with us on every visit. If nothing else, it’s worth stopping in just for the visual appeal of all the French desserts.

Macaron at Les Halles Boulangerie Pattisserie in France Pavilion
Macaroons with Raspberry & Lime Cream

 

I haven’t been able to tear myself away from the Napoleons to try many other things, but I have heard that the baguettes are amazing. (If you’re taking it with you, make sure you get some butter packets to go with it.)

If you’re looking for something savory, you can try the Croissant Jambon Fromage (Ham, Cheese & Bechamel in a Croissant) or the Brie Aux Pommes (Brie, Apples, & Cranberries in Multi-Grain Bread)

Some people enjoy getting breakfast at Les Halles Boulangerie and Patisserie for the atmosphere as much as for the food. Since the bakery is open before the World Showcase as a whole is, you can walk around France with hardly anyone around.

 

Fountain View (aka Starbucks)

On our most recent trip to Disney, there were two days that my oldest daughter immediately wanted to hit a Starbucks as soon as we entered the park.

Okay … this is Very Weird to me.

Frankly, I find it Weird that they even have Starbucks in the Disney Parks. But I know there are many many people who disagree with me on that one.

Anyway, Fountain View is the Starbucks in Epcot. It’s located in the front of Future World and has some limited outdoor seating.

 

Breakfast Near Epcot

Another option for breakfast is to get breakfast just outside of Epcot before you head into the park. The two most popular places to do this are at Trattoria al Forno in Disney’s Boardwalk and the Ale & Compass at the Yacht Club resort.

 

Bon Voyage Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno in Disney’s Boardwalk

Breakfast (and only breakfast) at Trattoria al Forno is a character meal featuring Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled and Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid. Is isn’t a buffet or a family-style meal, but rather a normal restaurant where you look at a menu and order items from it.

The menu items all have cutesy names, like the “Tangled Eggs” or “Royale Breakfast.” Pictured below is “King Triton’s Shipwreck al Forna,” with is a calzone with Scrambled Eggs, Bell Peppers, Salumi, Bacon, Sausage, Blend of Cheeses, and Sunday Gravy.

This is a nice option if you want to do a character meal but aren’t interested in a buffet, and/or if you want the chance to meet some less-common characters.

 

Ale & Compass at the Yacht Club Resort

Ale & Compass opened in the fall of 2017, replacing what was formerly Captain’s Grille.

I’ve never been there, but Disney Food Blog describes Ale & Compass as ““calming” and “minimalistic.”

(Certain other people describe it as “flat-out boring” and “the dullest table service restaurant at Walt Disney World.”)

As far as the food, they appear to have a nice selection. The Dark Chocolate Waffles with dried cherry compote and espresso-mascarpone cream and the Salted Caramel Apple French Toast both look and sound good. For a more savory option, they also have the Breakfast Flatbread topped with ham, bacon, provolone cheese, arugula, and an egg.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen a lot of overwhelming praise for Ale & Compass. People either say they were “disappointed” or are politely positive about it. And it definitely appears to be the least kid-friendly restaurant on this list.

 

Now it’s your turn.
Where is your favorite place to get breakfast in Epcot? What should I try at Les Halles Boulangerie and Patisserie instead of always getting the Napoleon? Does anyone have anything positive to say about Ale & Compass? Let us know below in the comments!

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Walt Disney World Trivia Questions (and Answers)

Walt Disney World Trivia Questions (and Answers)

I love trivia, especially when it comes to behind-the-scenes, entertainment-related things. (It kind of drives my kids crazy sometimes.)

For example, did you know that some of the names considered for the Seven Dwarfs included Awful, Blabby, Deefy, Dirty, Gabby, Gaspy, Gloomy, Hoppy-Jumpy, Nifty, and Shifty? (source: IMDB)

Or that the actors who played Jane and Michael in Mary Poppins weren’t told that the medicine would change colors, and therefore Jane’s little scream in that scene is genuine?

Here are some Disney World trivia questions for when you need a break from all the vacation planning and just want to have a little fun.

This would make a great family activity to do while you’re on your way to Disney.

And if you want to learn even more Disney World secrets and fun facts, check out one of these books:

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Disney World Trivia — Opening Day

 

What day did Disney World open?

Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom — as it was officially called until the early 90’s — opened in Florida on October 1, 1971.

 

How many guests were at Disney World’s opening?

On opening day, there were a total of 10,422 visitors at the park. (Today the Magic Kingdom has well over 50,000 visitors per day)

 

Video — Magic Kingdom Grand Opening in 1971

 

How much did a Disney World ticket cost on opening day?

Admission to the park cost $3,50 for adults (about the equivalent of $21 today), $2.50 for juniors under age 18, and one dollar for children under twelve.

However, you did have to purchase additional tickets for the rides, which cost between 10 cents and 85 cents.

 

What were the original Disney World attractions?

Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom opened with a total of 23 attractions. Three of them were unique to the Florida park and twenty of them which were replicas of Disneyland attractions.

According to my buddies Shane and Ted at Parkeology, this is the complete list of rides when Disney World opened:

Main Street Vehicles
Penny Arcade
Main Street Cinema
Walt Disney World Railroad
Jungle Cruise
Swiss Family Treehouse
Tropical Serenade
Mike Fink Keelboats
Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes
Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade
Diamond Horseshoe Revue
Country Bear Jamboree
Haunted Mansion
Hall of Presidents
Snow White’s Adventures
Cinderella’s Golden Carousel (now called Prince Charming Regal Carrousel)
Mickey Mouse Revue
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Mad Tea Party
It’s a Small World
Skyway
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
Grand Prix Raceway (now called the Tomorrowland Speedway)

 

What are the Two Original Disney Resort Hotels?

Both The Polynesian Village and the Contemporary Resort opened in 1971 when Walt Disney World opened. At the time, there were plans to later open an Asian-themed resort, but that site eventually become home to the Grand Floridian, which opened on June 28, 1988.

 

Disney World Trivia — Rides and Attractions

 

How Long Did it Take to Build Big Thunder Mountain Railroad?

It took 10 years of planning and 18 months of actual construction to complete Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which is located in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom. (It officially opened on November 15, 1980.) It required 650 tons of steel, 4,675 tons of “mud” and more than 9,000 gallons of paint to construct.

 

Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom
It took 4,675 tons of “mud” to build Big Thunder Mountain
Photo courtesy of Brett at Disney Photo Snapper

 

What Town Does Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Take Place In?

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is supposed to represent Monument Valley, AZ. (The Disneyland version of the ride, on the other hand, is base on Bryce Canyon, Utah.)

 

What’s Disney World’s fastest ride?

Test Track located in Future World in Epcot, has speeds up to 64.9 mph, making it the fastest ride in all of Disney. It is also the longest ride in Disney, with a circuit that is 4,286 feet long.

 

What is the slowest thrill ride in Magic Kingdom (other than The Barnstormer)?

Believe it or not, it’s Space Mountain. (Surprised? I was.)

Space Mountain’s top speed is 28 miles per hour.

By comparison, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad can get up to 30 miles per hour, the Splash Mountain’s drop can reach 40, and even Seven Dwarfs Mine Train gets up to 34 miles per hour.

 

Space Mountain at Disney World
Space Mountain isn’t as fast as you might think
Photo courtesy of Laurie at Pics from the World of Disney

 

 

What’s Disney World’s tallest ride?

Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which is just under 200 feet tall, is the tallest attraction at Walt Disney World Resort.

A close second place goes to The Twilight Zone™ Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which is 199 feet tall.

 

What was Astro Obiter originally called?

Astro Orbiter first opened in Tomorrowland in 1974 as Star Jets. The attraction was re-designed and re-opened in April 1994 as Astro Orbiter as part of a complete renovation of Tomorrowland.

 

Which US President’s actual voice is used in the Hall of Presidents?

President Bill Clinton is the only president to ever record his voice for an audio-anamatronic in this attraction.

 

How big of an area is Kilimanjaro Safari?

The savannah for Kilimanjaro Safari in Animal Kingdom spans around 110 acres, making it larger than the entire Magic Kingdom.

 

At 110 acres, Kilimanjaro Safari is larger than the Magic Kingdom
Photo courtesy of Brett at Disney Photo Snapper
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How fast in the drop in Splash Mountain?

Splash Mountain, located in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom, ends with a five-story, free-fall drop at a 45-degree angle into a splash pool at the speed of 40 miles per hour.

 

How much water is used for The Seas with Nemo and Friends?

The aquarium in The Seas with Nemo and Friends in Epcot is filled with 5.7 million gallons of saltwater, which uses 27 truckloads of common table salt.

 

How fast is the beginning of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster?

The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes you from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds.

 

Which ride cost more to build than the entire Disneyland park?

California’s Disneyland officially opened on July 17, 1955, with a final price tag of $17 million.
Twenty years later, the construction of the Space Mountain complex cost $18 million. This includes the cost of an arcade and a permanent amphitheater.

 

Video — Space Mountain Ride with the Lights On

 

Which 2 Disney rides were originally at The World’s Fair?

Both the Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland and It’s A Small World in Fantasyland made their debut at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair in New York.

 

What is the oldest ride in the Magic Kingdom?
According to Wikipedia, The Prince Charming Regal Carrousel was originally built in 1917 by The Philadelphia Toboggan Company and was called “The Liberty Carousel.” It was delivered to Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan, then moved to Olympic Park in Irvington, New Jersey, before being purchased by the Walt Disney Company in 1967. Ninety of its horses are originals, made of hand-carved wood.

 

How much does the golf ball Spaceship Earth weigh?

Spaceship Earth in Epcot weighs approximately 16 million pounds. Its outer skin is made up of 11,324 aluminum and plastic-alloy triangles.

 

Spaceship Earth in Disney World's Epcot
Spaceship Earth weighs in at 16 million pounds
Photo courtesy of Brett at Disney Photo Snapper

 

General Disney World Facts and Trivia

 

How Big is Disney World?

The entire Walt Disney World Resort covers about 25,000 acres, which is roughly the same size as San Francisco.

 

What is the tallest structure in the Magic Kingdom?

The Cinderella Castle, which stands at 189 feet tall. (The Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, on the other hand, is only 77 feet tall.) This is just short enough to not need to display a flashing red light at the top as per Federal Aviation Authority guidelines.

Both castles appear larger than they are by using “forced perspective techniques” — as the castle gets taller, its width gets smaller.

 

Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom in Disney World
Cinderella Castle is 189 feet tall
Photo courtesy of Brett at Disney Photo Snapper

 

What is the most “popular” item in the Disney Lost and Found?

Every day an average of 210 pairs of sunglasses are turned in to the Lost and Found. It’s estimated that, since 1971, roughly 1.65 million pairs of glasses have ended up in the “lost” bin. Other items that get lost often are cell phones (6,000 per year), digital cameras (3,500 per year), and hats (18,000 per year, one of which belonged to us and that we got back).

 

What are the most unusual items to end up in the Disney Lost and Found?

Over the years, a glass eye, prosthetic leg, and a potty trainer all somehow made their way to the Lost and Found. All three items were eventually claimed by their owners.

 

How many employees work at Disney World

There are currently more than 70,000 “Cast Members,” as they are called, making Walt Disney World Resort the largest single-site employer in the United States.

 

What are “Utilidors”?

Short for “utility corridors,” these are the “underground” tunnels in the Magic Kingdom. In actuality, the tunnels were built at ground level, with the Magic Kingdom built above them on the “second floor.”

According to Wikipedia, the legend is that Walt Disney saw a cowboy walking through Tomorrowland, en route to Frontierland, in Disneyland in California. He found it jarring and felt that it detracted from the guest experience, so when the new Disney park in Florida was being planning, engineers designed Utilidors to keep park operations out of the guests’ sight.

Among other thing, the Utilidors are used for trash removal, costuming, deliveries, and cast member services, such as a rehearsal room.

 

Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
The entire Magic Kingdom is on the second story
Photo courtesy of Brett at Disney Photo Snapper

 

Trivia about Walt Disney, the Man

 

How Many Academy Awards did Walt Disney win?

Disney received more Academy Awards and nominations than has anyone elseDisney won 22 Academy Awards and was nominated 59 times between the years of 1932 and 1969 — giving him more Oscar wins and nominations than anyone else.

At the 1938 Oscars, Disney was presented with one normal-size statuette, plus and seven miniature ones for Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Here’s the video clip of Shirley Temple presenting him with the awards:

 

Why Does Walt Disney blame himself for his mother’s death?

The success of Snow White allowed Walt and his brother Roy to buy a brand new Hollywood home for their parents.
After the success of Snow White, Disney purchased a new home for his parents. A broken heating system resulted in his mother’s death from carbon monoxide poisoning. Sadly, a their mother, Flora Disney, died from carbon monoxide poisoning, due to a defect in the heating system, less than a month after the couple moved in.

Some people have speculated that this is the reason so many Disney films have absent mother, but Snopes has a good article (as always) about why this theory is false.

 

What was the last movie that Walt Disney was personally involved in?

The Jungle Book came out in 1967, the year after Walt died from lung cancer.

An interesting side note about the movie The Jungle Book: According to Wikipedia, after assigning Larry Clemmons the job as writer for the film, Walt gave him a copy of Rudyard Kipling’s book, The Jungle Book, and told him, “The first thing I want you to do is not to read it.”

 

Did Walt do the voice Mickey Mouse?

According to Wikipedia, Walt Disney took great personal pride in providing the voice for Mickey Mouse beginning in 1928. By 1946, however, he became too busy with running the studio to continue doing regular voice work, and the job was given to Jimmy MacDonald. Other people who have provided Mickey’s voice include Carl W. Stalling, Clarence Nash, and Stan Freberg.

This is a pretty cool video where you can compare voices:

 

Is Walt Disney really cryogenically frozen?

NO. It isn’t true.
Walt Disney was cremated. His ashes were buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

 

Now it’s your turn.

What facts surprised you the most? Do you have any of your own Disney trivia to share? Let us know below in the comments!

 

Bibliography

Disney Trivia
Orlando Florida Destination Guide
WDW News
Chicago Tribune
Magic Guides
Disney News
Inc.
Theme Park Tourist
Mental Floss

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