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seagodess
05-17-2012, 10:32 PM
I have never been on Space Mountain. Dont even really know what it is other than a ride at DL. A friend at work today said it is a roller coaster in complete darkness. Sounds fun, but kind of freaky at the same time. Can it cause motion sickness? Star Tours causes me to have it really bad, wasn't sure if it was anything like that. Is it good for kids, like a 5 year old?

sweethannah
05-17-2012, 10:41 PM
I never had the chance to try Star Tours as it was closed for the big refurb when I was there. Space Mountain made me and my DH feel kind of queasy. My DD7 loved it and wanted to do it again :p

Pixiafurie
05-17-2012, 10:42 PM
Well, Space Mountain is an indoor, dark coaster with dips and turns and motion. Probably not the best if you are sensitive to motion sickness :sick:

I would not recommend it for a 5 year old because it's rather intense and meant for an older crowd. It's dark and fast. Plus, you need to be 40" or taller to ride, so you would also have to take that into consideration.

bibbidibobbidibecky
05-17-2012, 10:46 PM
It's nothing like Star Tours and IMO it's perfect for a 5-year-old, but my son has been loving it since he was 3. I can't wait to finally take my DD4 on it this Summer! It's just a roller coaster in a darker building.

april5675
05-17-2012, 10:47 PM
SM at DL is a lot smoother than the one at MK! But it still caused me to be a little queasy......but it is so worth it!

pixiemomof3
05-17-2012, 10:53 PM
It is a very fun fast roller coaster in the starry dark. It is sooooo fun! The last time we went My daughter was 4 1/2 years old and my son was 101/2, we all went on it multiple times. My 5 year old will go on it this summer for the first time, Can't wait!!!:cool1:

xXtowerOFterrorXx
05-17-2012, 11:19 PM
Agree with you, I get motion sickness from Star Tours but I love it so much I still ride it. Space Mountain is really fun, the begining there is some light, as soon as you enter the building in the coaster there are lights on the ceiling but other than that no lights really. We got stuck in Space Mountain and they had to turn the lights on.. that was crazy seeing all the tracks everywhere. I was hesitant of putting my hands up as they might be cut off HAHA but after seeing it with the lights on Im sure it cant happen.. Totally worth it if you can get your son on it. You gotta experience it sometime or another right?!

pixiemomof3
05-17-2012, 11:29 PM
[QUOTE=xXtowerOFterrorXx;44918458] I was hesitant of putting my hands up as they might be cut off HAHA but after seeing it with the lights on Im sure it cant happen

Hahaha That is so funny, I thought I was the only one thinking that!! I always want to put my hands up but keep thinking my hand will get cut off. I will do it next time now. I am trusting you.......lol. ;)

DBMC
05-17-2012, 11:51 PM
My son rode it when he was 6. He did not like it at all. He loves BTMRR, and did ok on Indy, but hated space. It just really depends on the kid. I don't know about motion sickness, it has never been an issue for me.

jdb in AZ
05-18-2012, 12:07 AM
Space Mountain just isn't my laughing place, tho I enjoy most other roller coasters (as long as they don't go upside down or give me whiplash.)

BTW, Star Tours at DLR is MUCH smoother since the refurb. It used to jerk us around enough to aggravate DH's back problems, but last month the ride was actually enjoyable.

MyYearWithTheMouse
05-18-2012, 12:54 AM
I'm very prone to motion sickness and Space Mountain is my favorite ride; I have never had a problem. It is indeed a roller coaster in the dark--no loops. If the 5yo is afraid of the dark, they would hate it. If they like adventure, they might like it.

pixiewings71
05-18-2012, 12:54 AM
DD12 loves it, as does DD15, they have been riding since they were 6 & 9. :) It does give me motion sickness, I'm hoping I'll be able to take some Bonine and that will help. :) Star Tours used to give me motion sickness as well, but not anymore. :) I don't know if it's just the excitement of a new ride or what, but I do not feel sick after riding ST and can in fact, ride it multiple times in a row! lol

ladylyons
05-18-2012, 01:08 AM
My 5 year old DS has been riding Space Mountain since he was about 3 1/2 and loves it!!! We just got back from a 6 day trip and rode it numerous times. I agree it depends on the child. Now to get my 3 1/2 year old DD to get a growth spurt so she can ride!! She's very anxious and can't wait. We had to measure her everytime her brother would ride just in case things had changed within the last 24 hours. :rotfl2:

xXtowerOFterrorXx
05-18-2012, 03:28 AM
[QUOTE=xXtowerOFterrorXx;44918458] I was hesitant of putting my hands up as they might be cut off HAHA but after seeing it with the lights on Im sure it cant happen

Hahaha That is so funny, I thought I was the only one thinking that!! I always want to put my hands up but keep thinking my hand will get cut off. I will do it next time now. I am trusting you.......lol. ;)

LOL and if you do happen to get them cut off you can sue the park and make millions!

nannyz
05-18-2012, 07:30 AM
I cannot ride Space Mountain; definitely makes me sick.

Motown
05-18-2012, 09:05 AM
Space Mountain is a lot of fun, but it does cause me some motion sickness (star tours is the only other ride at Disneyland that does so). I think a lot of the reason for the motion sickness is because the ride is dark, so my body knows it's going somewhere, but my eyes can't see where exactly. BTMRR gives me zero problems. Star Tours is the same thing as SM, where my eyes think my body should be moving, but it's not.

So, thinking about that, one thing I've found really helps is to focus on the small red lights near the track. That gives my brain some idea of where we should be moving, so when we move there, it's not surprised and sick. Takes a bit of the fun out of the ride, but let's me go on it with my wife and son, who both love it and don't have the motion sickness problem. Still a little uncomfortable for me, but takes it from an 8 to a 3.

Isatricia
05-18-2012, 09:08 AM
I am prone to motion sickness, but have never felt anything on Space Mountain. My 6 yr daughter old LOVED it. My 8 yr old daughter thought it was too fast but went with us anyway.

mmlover74
05-18-2012, 09:49 AM
I am excited to take my son who is 6 on SM and TOT. We have done ST before before the refurb, so I am anxious to see how smooth it is. My son loves Splash Mtn and BTMRR, so I think he will enjoy SM and ST. Not sure about TOT tho. Of course, he doesn;t know we are going yet so that will be a big surprise in itself.

Coming from the Midwest and a lover of roller coasters...I didn't understand the thrill of Space Mtn or any Disney coaster the first time I was on them. It took me a few times of riding to appreciate it at a different level and not compare them to coasters of Cedar Point or Kennywood with the big loops or big drops. I love them now and would ride them all the time every day if I could.

MICKEYFIL
05-18-2012, 09:57 AM
I should start by saying I do not like roller coasters because of my imagination about everything horrible that could happen. That said, I love space mountain simply because I can not see what is coming and therefore my mind is not able to process anything bad happening. 5 might be a little young, but then again everybody is different. My suggestion would be don't start there. If your kid can't handle dumbo, SM might not be the best idea.

pixiemomof3
05-18-2012, 10:28 AM
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LOL and if you do happen to get them cut off you can sue the park and make millions!

:lmao:!!:thumbsup2

milan15
05-18-2012, 10:48 AM
I get really sick on star tours. I hate it. I don't get the appeal, honestly...

as for Space Mountain.... I LOVE IT.
So long as I get a seat in the front, I'm perfectly fine.

While it is rather dark, it's not pitch black. You can see the track. The biggest thing, though, is that their is ample air movement inside the ride. That is one of the biggest things that makes me sick in star tours. The air gets stale so quickly.

I'd highly recommend doing Space Mountain and asking to sit in the front.

LisainCalifornia
05-18-2012, 10:58 AM
Truthfully....I am such a chicken that I have never ridden Space Mountain! After all the times I have been at DL you would think I would have gotten my nerve up, but so far I have only come close a few times. We are talking about doing it next trip in 3 weeks--my 15 year old is a chicken like me and we both really want to ride it, but our fear is holding us back. I am thinking if I just take the lead and act fine about it, she will ride it too. My other kids rode it starting around 5 years old and love it.

I DO get motion sickness, though--so that has been a concern for me because you can't see where you are going, and that can induce it.

As far as Star Tours--if you use to get sick on the old version before the remodel, then you have to try the new one. That ride use to make me so sick and would jerk me around so much--but the new version doesn't make me sick at all and I LOVE it. It is so cool! I love the line, too. I love that you don't always see the same movie (there are different versions) and can go to different planets. It went from the ride I dreaded to the ride I now can't miss and want to go on multiple times.

Isatricia
05-18-2012, 11:19 AM
The biggest thing, though, is that their is ample air movement inside the ride. That is one of the biggest things that makes me sick in star tours. The air gets stale so quickly.


That is the most important thing in motion sickness - a cold environment will usually prevent it. This is why they keep airplanes cold.

Jennifer2983
05-18-2012, 02:10 PM
It really depends, basically rider beware LOL I love it, but it almost makes me feel dizzy when I get off, my grandma was so dizzy she needed help getting off....Not sure but I think it might have something to do with picture it takes at the end? I dunno its so dark then there is this flash of bright, almost makes me feel like we get shot backwards.......really weird. Great ride, fun music sux if you have to miss it


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jojomojo
05-18-2012, 02:29 PM
I didn't feel sick after Space Mountain. And you could say I'm very prone to motion sickness (I get motion sickness playing mario kart lol). The night scene on Soarin' gets me too (have to close my eyes). I didn't try Star Tours when we went because it was closed.....I think I'll skip it when we go again though :scared: Is there any way to escape Star Tours if you're about to lose it? lol

pixiewings71
05-18-2012, 02:59 PM
No, you can't get off ST if you're about to lose it, but when it was the old ride I would ride in the very back row, push my back up against the back of the car and put my arms up over my head.....I have NO idea why but it worked. LOL

SeattleRedBear
05-18-2012, 03:12 PM
It really depends, basically rider beware LOL I love it, but it almost makes me feel dizzy when I get off, my grandma was so dizzy she needed help getting off....Not sure but I think it might have something to do with picture it takes at the end? I dunno its so dark then there is this flash of bright, almost makes me feel like we get shot backwards.......really weird. Great ride, fun music sux if you have to miss it

I'm not dizzy but I definitely feel like I'm going backwards after the flash. In terms of comfort, it really depends. For some people, having it be dark is an advantage. I get nauseous when my horizon gets turned around (so I can do one or two loops, but anything more than that and I'm not a happy camper...I really hate the rolling cars on Mickey's "Fun" Wheel, all that horizon up and down and up and down just makes me want to throw up...I can feel the bile rising just thinking about it).

Our 5 yo grandson went on Space Mountain last year...he was just barely the height requirement and he was not comfortable...really had to reach for the handrails to keep himself in. He said he was OK with going again, but not right away (unlike Gadget Go Coaster that he wanted to do over and over and over).