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Space Mountain, Anaheim

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Space Mountain is an indoor, space-themed roller coaster in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Opened on May 27, 1977 (just two days after the release of Star Wars), it was the second roller coaster built at Disneyland, and was the second of the five versions of Space Mountain built by The Walt Disney Company. Its exterior façade is one of Disneyland's four "mountain" structures that serve as park landmarks.

Walt Disney originally conceived the idea of a space-themed roller coaster for Disneyland following the success of the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which opened in 1959. However, a number of factors including lack of available space, Walt Disney's death, and the Disney company's focus on building what would become Walt Disney World led to the project's postponement in the late 1960s. After the early success of the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World, Disney revived the Space Mountain project and opened the first Space Mountain at the Magic Kingdom in 1975. Soon after, Disney began plans to build a smaller version of Space Mountain at Disneyland, and opened Disneyland's Space Mountain in 1977. The design of Disneyland's Space Mountain was replicated at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983 and Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005; the Tokyo version was significantly changed in 2006 to become more similar to the refurbished 2009 Magic Kingdom version.

Space Mountain has undergone a number of major upgrades and refurbishments over the years, including the addition of an onboard soundtrack in 1996, repainting of the exterior in 1997 and 2003, and a complete replacement of the original track and ride vehicles from 2003 to 2005. It has also been given a third roof up the mountain during late 2013 and early 2014. Every September and October during Halloween Time at Disneyland, starting in 2009, the dome is given projections for the Ghost Galaxy event. On November 16, 2015, Space Mountain was given a new overlay and theme in anticipation for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and redubbed "Hyperspace Mountain." Since then, the attraction has switched between the original and "Hyperspace Mountain" Star Wars theme several times.
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  • It’s a true classic and must do at Disneyland. Would have to say it’s pretty tame compared to some of the coaster these day. We managed to get on quickly with only a short wait. 
    It’s a true classic and must do at Disneyland. Would have to say it’s pretty tame compared to some of the coaster these day. We managed to get on quickly with only a short wait.  more »
  • Disneyland in California is definitely the more classic park compared to California adventure with rides like it’s a small world. This ride was really fun and probably the best ride at disneyland but....  more
    Disneyland in California is definitely the more classic park compared to California adventure with rides like it’s a small world. This ride was really fun and probably the best ride at disneyland but....  more »
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  • I’ve always loved Space Mountain. The wait times can fluctuate, so keep an eye out. We used Genie+ with the lightning lane and that was awesome for when the lines were really long, so that could be worth it, especially on the weekend We also had a wheelchair one day and were able to get a return time and come back without waiting in line. For the second roller coaster ever built in Disneyland, it’s a great experience! - Ceilidh My favorite ride from when I was a kid and still debatably my favorite ride. If the line isn’t long, ride this baby over and over again. Fun fact, fans blow at the riders the whole time to make you feel like you’re going faster. Wear a jacket if you get cold easily 👍 10/10 ride
  • Space mountain is a classic and is one of the best rides in Disneyland. Gets better every single time you go on the ride. Thank you for reading my Google review go visit space mountain you'll love it bye-bye

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