Which Space Mountain ride is the best roller coaster?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 1:48 PM

I have only rode one of Disney's Space Mountain's coasters, so I was curious hearing opinions from those who have rode more than one and are familiar with all 5 to choose which coaster is the best.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 2:05 PM


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 3:55 PM

Is that based on your experience riding all of them?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:00 PM

Between American versions I prefer the inline style WDW as opposed to Disneyland's. Tokyo is almost an exact clone of DL's and Space Mountain Mission 2 is on a whole new level. Just personal preference.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:33 PM

So have you been on them or not? Your track record does not indicate you have.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:46 PM

Of the 3 I've been on (WDW, DL, and Paris), Paris by a mile. It's such an amazing coaster. It's very Rock 'n' Roller Coaster-ish with speed that seems to just keep on building. It's a little uncomfortable as far as the restraints go, but it's a fantastic ride.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 4:58 PM

I'm not saying Paris because I haven't been on it. Doesn't mean I can't give my opinion. From looking at it plenty of times, it looks like a great ride, and it most certainly is. But, I still prefer the classic.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 5:03 PM

I have been on them all - and I've ridden the Paris one before and after its conversion to Mission 2.

My take is this. The 2005 rebuild at Disneyland (which debuted at Hong Kong Disneyland) is by far the best of the family. It's a fabulous ride, giving a serious thrill while not being uncomfortable in any way.

The less said about the Paris one the better – the launch is great, but the inversions are pretty violent and the OTSRs do it no favours.

I think that Disney's latest forays into coasters - Expedition Everest and Big Grizzly Mountain (Hong Kong) are both fabulous. I need to get back to ride the new one in Florida...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 5:44 PM

Which Space Mountain ride is the best roller coaster?

Let's see that is a great question and given that I have only ridden a couple and looked at the others in pictures I will respond to this. The best Space Mountain coaster is certainly...


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 5:51 PM

Rickrollercoaster said:

Doesn't mean I can't give my opinion.

No, but it certainly changes how much it weighs.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:28 PM

So by that logic, I can look at schematics, pictures, pov's, and simulations of a coaster I will never be able to ride in China, or Taiwan, I can't appreciate that ride? I have relatives that have actually ridden SM:M2 and they think the one in Anaheim is the better of the 4. It's all personal opinion. There is literally no way to establish which one is actually better than the others because it comes down to personal ideologies. So I can give my opinion, I personally like the WDW style the best because it reminds me of Matterhorn.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:37 PM

There's a difference between "appreciating" a ride and having ridden a coaster. I can "appreciate" Channing Tatum in a Speedo all I want, but that doesn't render me qualified to make a judgement as to, well, how good of a ride he is.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:38 PM

Well, yes, it IS subjective, and there are certain things you can gather about a ride without riding it personally. However, you (the general you, not saying YOU specifically, Rick) can't assume that just because a ride is similar or even a "carbon copy" that it rides the same. A great example of this is Vekoma with their boomerangs. I can say, "Oh, I hate Hersheypark's boomerang coaster, so therefore, all Vekoma boomerangs are crap, and that's that". This would be false though because some of the boomerangs have modified trains and restraints that end up making the ride a TON of smooth sailing fun. Therefore, unless one has ridden the rides in question, one cannot fairly compare, but can only assume.

But this is why we so rarely do versus threads.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:49 PM

Telling from all the track records, the only people qualified to answer this are Sirloindude and Richard Bannister.

Last edited by Rickrollercoaster, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:49 PM
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:50 PM

Probably! I know I'm not!

Last edited by bunky666, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:51 PM
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:08 PM

Rickrollercoaster said:

Telling from all the track records, the only people qualified to answer this are Sirloindude and Richard Bannister.

If someone asks about which one is best, then yes, you're not qualified to toss out a one word (or one acronym, in this case) answer.

I was trying to be polite, but what I was getting at is that your intention to interject into every thread on every subject is creating a lot of unwanted noise.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:28 PM

Tyler, where have you been for the last 10 months?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:48 PM

Interject my opinions? Is that not what forums are for? "Opinions are like Assholes, everyone's got one and they stink."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 9:57 PM

I have ridden both stateside Space Mountains plus the original one at Disneyland before they redid it. While I think the new version in California is an awesome overall ride with really cool effects and a decent coaster ride, I much prefer the inline seating, the shaky "feels like the train is gonna fly right off the track" ride the trains give, the airtime going down the drops in the backseat, the structure whizzing past you making you feel like your arms could be chopped off, the music, and the queue of the Florida version. At least prior to the recent addition of the magnetic trim brakes which I've heard varying reviews of hurting the pacing of the ride, the Omega side in the backseat is pretty much my personal favorite coaster of the 750+ I've been on. The Voyage is about the only ride I like more.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 10:24 PM

If anyone wonders why we don't like best of/versus threads here, just link to this.


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