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How safe is Space Mountain?

railfan99

Member
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.
Sometimes the computer system can be problematic, causing frequent shutdowns.
 

jloucks

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I've died several times on that ride. I never stayed dead. So, pretty safe.

It is almost impossible for that thing to come of the rails. Jerking around is about the extent of it.
 

BoarderPhreak

Well-Known Member
Does it have issues? Sure. All rides do. Is it unsafe? If it were, it wouldn't be open. That's definitely an area Disney doesn't play around with.
 

railfan99

Member
Does it have issues? Sure. All rides do. Is it unsafe? If it were, it wouldn't be open. That's definitely an area Disney doesn't play around with.
The one in Anaheim closed very abruptly in April 2003 because the ride's structure was in shambles and was suggested that a major structural failure could occur soon.
 

thomas998

Well-Known Member
The one in Anaheim closed very abruptly in April 2003 because the ride's structure was in shambles and was suggested that a major structural failure could occur soon.
Yep the real question is how long of a life did the engineers expect out of it and are we at that time yet or not. All things wear out even steel structures wear out over time, though that could take an insane amount of time... I would expect that the one in DL may also have more stress put on it because of earthquakes that would occasionally put stresses on the structure that weren't expected.
 

lazyboy97o

Well-Known Member
The one in Anaheim closed very abruptly in April 2003 because the ride's structure was in shambles and was suggested that a major structural failure could occur soon.
Yep the real question is how long of a life did the engineers expect out of it and are we at that time yet or not. All things wear out even steel structures wear out over time, though that could take an insane amount of time... I would expect that the one in DL may also have more stress put on it because of earthquakes that would occasionally put stresses on the structure that weren't expected.
The structure at Disneyland failed due to additional weight of the on-board audio system.
 

thomas998

Well-Known Member
The structure at Disneyland failed due to additional weight of the on-board audio system.
That's not very assuring. I would have hoped that when it was designed that it would have had a bit more overbuild in the system that the added weight of some on-board audio system wouldn't have been the straw that broke the camel's back. I wonder if they also originally designed it based on the average size of people back in the 1960's and the super-sized average of today didn't add a little more stress to the system as well.
 

lazyboy97o

Well-Known Member
That's not very assuring. I would have hoped that when it was designed that it would have had a bit more overbuild in the system that the added weight of some on-board audio system wouldn't have been the straw that broke the camel's back. I wonder if they also originally designed it based on the average size of people back in the 1960's and the super-sized average of today didn't add a little more stress to the system as well.
The audio system wasn’t exactly a Walkman. It was a big, bulky system.
 

dX927

New Member
Had a terrible headache and nausea after my last time riding it. I'm usually waking up with a sore neck in the morning so I think that had something to do with my reaction to the ride. It's the only ride that gives me any problems.
 
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