The main thing that needs to be said about this ride is that its not a “bumpy crashy and unfortable” coaster as some say… The reason why some think so is because the ride is in the dark.
When speeding around a corner (that the human body can see) on a rollercoaster the human body knows its coming, hence preparing itself. Seeing the track in front of you means the human body reacts, making for a comfortable ride, however Space Mountain is mainly in darkness, so a few corners are tight and do make the head bash around in the seat restraint. Personally never been uncomfortable on this ride, and have been on this about 10 times in one day.
The seat restraints are well padded, with the on board music pumping away behind your ears, theming inside is fantastic, keep an eye out for red “laser type” lights at the end- makes you feel quite spaced out! This ride is one of my favourite coasters in Europe and blows the socks off any other Space Mountain currently in Disney parks.
I just have to say that as sad as it seems, Space Mountain is one of the reasons I come to Disney alone! I do agree, it makes you nauseas, and YES it does bang your head around, but I’m sorry people but I think it adds to the experience!
This is possibly my favourite ever rollercoaster and definitely agree that it’s best to do this as night, as it’s all lit up and so is the park, gives a more magical feel (which is what Disney’s about right?).
I much prefer this Paris version to the Florida one, and I love the way you just shoot up and pause, and shoot again, rather than creep.
I am forever faithful to Space Mountain!
Went on this every day during EMH and it is by far my favourite DLRP ride. Loved the theming and the ride is pretty cool as well. However, I did find that after 2-3 goes in succession my head was starting to buzz/hurt a bit from the banging around.
I tried various ways of minimising this on different days; hat/no hat, head pushed back, head relaxed, hold restraint handles, don’t hold handles, but could not find a position that stopped the banging about. I seem to feel the head banging most at the very end of the ride (swirly red light tunnel) and I’d try and tense up here to stop it. My daughter who is 5′ 6″ (I’m 5′ 8″) rode every time with me and she had no problems whatsoever. She does have a lot of hair whereas I shave my head, so maybe lots of hair is the answer ;-)
Despite all of this it is an awesome ride and everybody should try it at least once.
The effects are great and also with the lights it makes it so much more “spacey”. The launch at the start is so cool and if you have the chance, go in the front seats because the experience is so much better.
The queue always is long so the fastpasses are very handy. The queue zone is rather….plain but the ride definitly makes up for it.
I think Space Mountain: Mission 2 is the simply the best attraction at Disneyland Paris. It makes a lot of fun and the effects are magnificent. Truely it bangs your head round but this remains to the attraction. I don´t think that your head stays calm in space, then why in a space attraction.
The queue isn´t very long. Only once I had to wait 30 minutes ( it was summer, beutiful wheater and at least thousands of people).
I only can say: if you like rollercoasters then you love Space Mountain!
Excellent ride! The new updated effects make it a much more interesting ride and although I’ve never really been a fan of coasters that go upside down, it’s almost better in the dark – not scary, just weird feeling! It’s open during magic hours, and when we saw it during morning magic hours in May the queues were tiny. There were also numerous times over the days with short (10min or less) queues. It’s definitely worth a go, the only negative being the aforementioned head bumping.
We rode this three times on our trip just last week. Two out of the three times we had major head banging and came off with a slight headache, but one time mysteriously it was perfect and our heads were not rattled about at all, have yet to figure out why though! A tip is to keep your head pressed back into the head rest to avoid banging your ears from side to side!
I’m a bit of a wimp, and generally stay away from any ride with a loop, but I thoroughly enjoyed this ride. It helps that the loops are pretty much in the dark, so you don’t get a chance to worry about them. Yes, there’s a bit of shuddering, but my head wasn’t knocked about as much as I feared. I was ready for another go as soon as the ride finished!
I took this ride at 9 pm on a busy weekend, and it was a walk-on.
I am going to be relatively odd here but I think that this ride is rubbish. I would compare it to getting shot out of a cannon and bouncing down a very big hill. The theming is excellent, the ride build up also.
As you step in a lot is expected and should be as you see people getting shot up through the cloud of steam. Once away and waiting on the lift the feeling of excitement is there and as you get shot up its amazing but then you dive into falling down the steep hill with serious head chatter, I have came off it with a really dizzy sore head.
Only gets a five, not a great thrill ride really.
On first impressions from the outside (and compared to the Space Mountains in other parks around the world) this Space Mountain definitely looks more interesting and the Jules Verne theming is much more interesting.
The ride is also very different, as I would liken it to being in a tumble dryer! Not one for people with weak stomachs, but fun as a one-off.
I was really sceptical when I did space mountain mission 2, cause I was a big fan of the original “de la terre a la lune”-theme.
However I have to admit: great new ride. Perfect visual effects! Although the old soundtrack was more”disney-touched” I have to say that the new music makes you think you`re travelling even faster!
So all in all :
I liked the old theming (and the old logo) much more, cause it was more disney; but as a ride mission 2 is far better. Don`t miss this excellent adventure!!!
For the first few years of “Euro Disney” things didn’t look good… Poor attandence, poor profits and a small park without a flagship attraction. Then came Space Mountain “La Terre De La Lune” and everything looked good in the House of Mouse.
So how does this ride fair 10 years down the line? I will be using the “Five F’s” and scoring out of five. The Five F’s are…
FEEMING – How well Themed the ride is to its surroundings – the ride “experience”…
FEATURES – How many rollercoaster features the ride has – drops, corkscrews etc…
FAST – Just how mind-bogglingly, earth-shatteringly fast the ride goes…
FEAR – Just how soul-destroyingly, pant-wettingly scary the ride is…
FUN – The over enjoyment of the ride…
FEEMING (Theming) -
DLRP is different from the other parks around the world for a number of reasions. But one that really stands out is Discoveryland. Every other park has Tomorrowland with visions of the future – but in Paris they have gone backwards. This is called Retrofuturism – or what Jules Verne thought the future might be like.
Space Mountain was originally based on the Verne classic “La Terre De La Lune” or “From the Earth to the Moon” which is about a group of gun fanatics from the Baltimore Gun Club who decide to fire a bullet at the moon. As such the launch mechanism of the coaster is designed to look like a giant smoking cannon and the loading bay features design blueprints and large crest of the BaltimoreGun Club.
The ride originally featured 2D planets which made it look like you were flying through an old 1920′s movie. This all changed with Mission 2.
The current ride (or Mission 2 as it is known) is a much more futuristic “Star Trek” affair with the coaster flying around realistic galaxies and video screens giving “mission control” reports. The ride is a visual feast.
5 out of 5
The ride is packed with great features. Firstly you start the ride by being blasted skywards at 1.5G before decending into the body of the mountain.
The rocket-like coaster car flies through a pitch-black void lit only by stars, galaxies and planets that it looks like you are sure to hit head-on!
The Paris version of Space Mountain is the only version to include inversions with a “corkscrew twist” and a “loop the loop” to keep the pulse racing as you fly around the cosmos.
5 out of 5
Next to my previous reviews of B.T.M. and C’s C the velocities of Space Mountain leave them for dust. You really feel the full G-force of that initial launch and most of the time through the ride you can’t tell whether you are right-way-up or upside-down.
However, the ride does stop and start a bit – mostly to give you a chance to look at the pretty visuals which is great – but it just isn;t as heart-stoppingly fast as the Rock’n'Rollercoaster. Therefore I had to drop a point.
4 out of 5
FEAR and FUN
I love rollercoasters. They make me do funny things like scream, shout and beg for mercy! I have been known to scream “CORKSCREW!!!!!!!!!” whilst going through a big twist and thats all part of the enjoyment.
This ride is literally a rollercoaster of emotions. From that initial moment the rocket is set into position, looking 45 degrees up to a clear blue sky – you know you are in for something special.
The momentary pauses in the ride (to see the star go supernova etc) gives your body a chance to relax, moments before it gets scared witless again!
Other plus points for this ride are the FastPass system and the fact during Extra Magic Hours you can ride it to your heart’s content before anyone else gets into the park!
This is of course – NOT A RIDE FOR KIDS!
For both FEAR and FUN I’m giving this ride…
5 out of 5.
Total score 24 out of 25.