Question about Space Mountain safety

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by Atrain13, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Atrain13

    Atrain13 Mouseketeer

    Feb 1, 2012
    I know this is probably a silly question, but does space mountain use a seat belt and a bar to keep you in place? Next time we go, our oldest child will very likely be tall enough to ride it for the first time, she's just very skinny. She loves roller coasters so I know she'll be excited for it, but she likely won't be able to brace herself with her legs. I was just curious as to what's there for the safety. Thank you!
  2. Shanti

    Shanti Momketeer

    Nov 29, 2015
    Safety bar. Yes, skinny girls are safe riding Space Mountain.
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  4. fractalpotato

    fractalpotato Mouseketeer

    Jun 11, 2017
    Space Mountain is just a lap bar, but they can lock it down pretty tightly, she should be fine!

  5. -_Stitch-Up-Scrump_-

    -_Stitch-Up-Scrump_- Mouseketeer

    Jan 31, 2018
    There are lap bars, and trust me she will be fine. They can very, VERY tight. :D
  6. Alesia

    Alesia DIS Veteran

    Feb 8, 2007
    There is no need to be nervous.

    For what it's worth, the top speed is only 28 mph. It's not as wild of a ride as it seems
  7. Atrain13

    Atrain13 Mouseketeer

    Feb 1, 2012
    Ok thank you, she will still be pretty young and it'll likely be her first big coaster so I don't want her to be completely turned off from them. With that being said, I know I rode it when I was around that age and I some how survived!
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  8. a1tinkfans

    a1tinkfans Spreading Some Pixie Dust Today!

    Aug 12, 2006
    I remember years back... I don’t even recall a seat.. just sat down with legs out, I recall a friend with me and we held on to the handles on either side of our ship. Anyone else recall the original set up.
    I’m def aging myself lol
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  9. soniam

    soniam Wooden leg named Smith...

    Jun 22, 2012
    Are you asking about Disneyland or WDW? WDW is a lap bar that goes between your legs. My son is really skinny and has been riding it since he was 6. It will easily keep you in. You put your feet on either side of the bar and kind of around the seat in front of you if your legs are long enough. Disneyland has lap bars. Disneyland has tandem seating (2 in a row); whereas, WDW is single file. For the life of me, I can't remember if the seats at Disneyland share a lap bar or have individual ones.
  10. portocall

    portocall DIS Veteran

    Jul 22, 2008
    I remember the old set up. Just holding on to the sides made it that much more scary. The first time I was four and just made it on. My dad held me tight and I loved it. The next summer I went on with my mother and she didn't do such a good job and I slid all over the place. I was scared out of my mind and refused to ride it again for many years. I think I finally got brave enough to try again in jr. High and then they had lap bars and I could figure out why I was such a wimp
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  11. disneyjanet

    disneyjanet Mouseketeer

    Mar 30, 2001

    This is a photo I found online of the Matterhorn seats at Disneyland pre 2012. My memory of Space Mountain in the 80s was the same.
  12. nfouey

    nfouey Mouseketeer

    Jan 12, 2013
    Hi there, while I agree with others that the ride is safe, I wanted to share my personal experience/feelings the first time on took my very tall skinny 5 year old on. Who had been tall enough since 4 to ride but we told him no!

    First off, let me say he loved it and can’t wait to go back on.

    For me, I was a little less thrilled given the seats at WDW are stacked front to back and not side by side. Couple that with the fact your in pretty much pitch dark and can’t see or touch him. When we arrived back at the station he was very happy, but also pretty slouched down in his seat. Again at no point did I feel it was unsafe, just all around uncomfortable for me as a mom then I even be able to see/feel he’s with me and ok.

    He wants to ride the pitch black version at MNSSHP next week but I’m going to pass on that one.

    When he’s got a little more muscle and bulk to him I might feel better that he can keep him self a little more upright and in a proper position. Again not really worried about something crazy happening, just more so worried about a pulled neck or bumps and bruises from slouching around.

    Just my personal take on the question. You know your child and yourself best!

    Hope that helps
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  13. KrazeeK120

    KrazeeK120 DIS Veteran

    Feb 29, 2012
    Ha, I end up slouched down and I’m a full grown adult.
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  14. glocon

    glocon DIS Veteran

    Feb 16, 2010
    Me too- I’m so worried my head is gonna get lopped off.. lol
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  15. to be tink

    to be tink Mouseketeer

    Aug 30, 2007
    I understand your worry! But she will be fine. When my kids were younger I would always reach forward a few times to touch their heads just to make sure they were still there.
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  16. tzolkin

    tzolkin DIS Veteran

    Jan 3, 2008
    Mine were each around 4 when they began riding. I was always able to reach forward a few times and give them a reassuring pat on the shoulder and ask them if they were having fun. Sure, its a bit uncomfortable leaning forward when you're getting whipped around but I think most adults should be able to reach if they or their child needs the reassurance.
  17. Queen of the WDW Scene

    Queen of the WDW Scene It's only MY opinion, YOU decided to quote it.

    Aug 24, 2016
    Its just a lap bar.
    If it wasn't safe for people to ride it would not be running.
    Now if your daughter has a medical condition that would prevent her from riding like diminished muscle tone or something then I guess that's a different story.
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  18. buzznina

    buzznina DIS Veteran

    Oct 18, 2007
    I just asked my youngest DD (nicked named, munchkin) and she said that the bar is snug but she still gets bounced around. I also asked her if she felt like she would fall out and she said "No, but I also hold onto the bar real tight" :rotfl2: I do not totally agree with a PP that said it is not that wild, especially for the little ones that do not weigh a lot. I know both my DDs mentioned that their butts raised off their seats a couple of times during the ride. Which they thought was fun, but I would still consider that on the wild side. BTW, they both really like SM.

    BTW, yes I remember the old version with the rockets that did not have bars, and the ride actually went faster back then as well. Man, was it a fun ride.
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  19. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007
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  20. ScubaCat

    ScubaCat DIS Veteran

    May 12, 2008
    It only happens once a week, at the MOST. So, odds are very good you'll be fine.

  21. heath92681

    heath92681 DIS Veteran

    Oct 12, 2012
    I have the same fear, and my boys are 6 and 8. They haven't ridden it yet! I know it will be fine, but, hey, I'm a mom :)

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