Space Mountain is slightly safer than a drive on I-4.
You do realize they test these sort of things?I had the good fortune to finish a ride on Space mountain with the lights on. We were about half way thru when the lights came on. never did find out why. With the lights on it doesn't look too impressive. As we went through the ride I never saw anything that I could reach with my hands without standing up. Just to quantify I'm 6' with a decent wingspan.
That said, engineers used Kumba at Busch Gardens to test their ring laser gyros...I once had a bus driver tell me that Space Mountain was used by NASA in secret as part of astronaut training. They would fly astronauts in and do their thing after park closes...
I told him that I’m a space buff and that he was full of it. He was not happy with me telling him he was wrong.
The one in 2009 was supposed to be a complete track replacement (Same layout), new rockets, onboard music, etc. As we know, none of that happenedIt badly needs a refurb. The last one it had in 2009 wasn't even a complete refurb.
Hoping they do something with it come Tron/the supposed Tomorrowland refresh.
They are. If you go in it with the lights on you can still see the spray paint marks.Not to mention the Sailing Ship Columbia and Big Thunder Mountain incidents at Disneyland a few years back, where guests died as a direct result of Disney's negligent cost-cutting and lack of maintenance.
I think we've moved beyond the era of Disney Parks where attractions are potentially actually dangerous to ride due to lack of maintenance and training, but I hate when people act like there isn't a precedent.
All that said, Space was due for a total track replacement in 2008, so I imagine they can only defer that reality with trim brakes for so long before their hand is forced. I believe that the spray paint markings are even still on the supports to mark the spots to cut when they were supposed to come in and dismantle the track.
Each track operates with up to 13 trains. To prevent rear-end collisions, the computer applies the brakes when riders are too slow getting out of their vehicle. It can sometimes take a while before all of the trains are repositioned for a restart.Also to note-- Space Mountain was down at LEAST 5 different times yesterday. DIFFERENT times. We counted every time we checked the app. Whenever it re-opened we would start walking over there only to find out it closed down again.