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(Do You Remember)   Is Disneyland's Space Mountain really one of the most legendary roller coasters in America?   (doyouremember.com ) divider line 127
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2014-01-22 07:19:20 AM  
The Beast at Kings Island in Ohio

/that is all
 
2014-01-22 07:38:38 AM  
I think legendary and best in the USA are two completely different things but space mountain is definitely legendary especially to anyone who grew up in the 60s,70s,80s. And parents who were bombarded with requests to go after Disney channel told you to ask parents to see space mountain will agree 100%.
 
2014-01-22 07:39:29 AM  
Yes. It's iconic. It's not the biggest or fastest but it's memorable and most people know what it is and where it's located.

You can't say that about most rollercoasters. Most people don't know which one is the biggest, tallest, or fastest but I'd bet most people know about Space Mountain.
 
2014-01-22 07:39:42 AM  
i rode Space Mtn when i was an eighth-grader in 1977 just after it opened.
the ride was wicked dark and you couldn't see or anticipate the turns.
as fun as it was, my friends and i got thrashed by that ride.
soon after, the ride was lightened up to lessen the rag-doll effect.
 
2014-01-22 07:40:30 AM  
Space Mountain may be a pretty lame coaster, but it is well known.  Sometimes legends exaggerate.
 
2014-01-22 07:41:15 AM  
Since you care enough to submit something about it, I would say yes
 
2014-01-22 07:41:48 AM  
Isn't Space Mountain the roller coaster where chicks flash their boobs?
 
2014-01-22 07:42:58 AM  
Since it's mentioned in Subby's headline, I think "yes".
 
2014-01-22 07:45:25 AM  
I liked it before it was cool, but I still like it in an ironic way.
 
2014-01-22 07:47:09 AM  
Legendary, yes. Biggest/baddest/best. Never was, never was meant to be. Disney is all about 'experience'. I've done every coaster @ Cedar Point, Six Flags MM and lots of other amazing coasters, but did the original Space Mountain in Anaheim this past August. It's still a lot of fun...and worthy of the legendary label.
 
2014-01-22 07:47:38 AM  

eKonk: Space Mountain may be a pretty lame coaster, but it is well known.  Sometimes legends exaggerate.


It wasn't worth the line we waited in. The whole place was the same way.

I wasn't fond of Disneyworld when I was eight. It blows my mind that grown people go there without their kids.
 
2014-01-22 07:48:16 AM  
yes
legendary

best? fastest? scariest? nope.

but definitely legendary

btw, the new texas giant is one awesome ride!

but probably the best overall coaster i've ridden was at a theme park in germany. i cannot remember what the name of the park was, nor the name of the coaster...maybe someone here knows it...it was a single-rail steel coaster, designed & sponsored by mercedes benz, and waiting in line much of the line was indoors, and there were mb cars on display. this coaster had the highest drop of any coaster in europe, at least at the time 12+ years ago
 
2014-01-22 07:49:31 AM  
Legendary like 40 years ago. But the past is all we've got.
 
2014-01-22 07:50:05 AM  
Steamingpile nailed it: best =/= legendary.

Objectively,  it isn't great, but when it was built, it was ground breaking, and not many roller coasters come close in terms of the psychological build up before you get on the car.

/Outside America, Space Mountain at Euro Disney is awesome.  The Jules Verne/steampunk theme rocks.
 
2014-01-22 07:53:38 AM  

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: It wasn't worth the line we waited in. The whole place was the same way.


Don't know about Disneyland but at the Magic Kingdom we could get at least three rides in on Space Mountain without standing in line more than a couple of minutes by going during the parades. It totally clears out when Mickey and friends are prancing around on Main Street. If you don't care about parades, it's a good way to go.
 
2014-01-22 07:54:11 AM  
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2014-01-22 07:54:21 AM  

bungle_jr: yes
legendary

best? fastest? scariest? nope.

but definitely legendary

btw, the new texas giant is one awesome ride!

but probably the best overall coaster i've ridden was at a theme park in germany. i cannot remember what the name of the park was, nor the name of the coaster...maybe someone here knows it...it was a single-rail steel coaster, designed & sponsored by mercedes benz, and waiting in line much of the line was indoors, and there were mb cars on display. this coaster had the highest drop of any coaster in europe, at least at the time 12+ years ago


Europa Park?

/haven't been there, want to go
 
2014-01-22 07:55:40 AM  
The space esthetic of space mountain is the coolest of any era so far.
 
2014-01-22 07:56:17 AM  
Local legend. You've probably never heard of it.
 
2014-01-22 07:56:21 AM  
I never liked Space Mountain. I didn't like that I couldn't see where I was going and the flying cookies made me hungry
 
2014-01-22 07:56:56 AM  

strapp3r: i rode Space Mtn when i was an eighth-grader in 1977 just after it opened.
the ride was wicked dark and you couldn't see or anticipate the turns.
as fun as it was, my friends and i got thrashed by that ride.
soon after, the ride was lightened up to lessen the rag-doll effect.


Yep, although there's still that one lit beam that looks like you're going to hit with your face.
 
2014-01-22 07:57:01 AM  

timswar: Yes. It's iconic. It's not the biggest or fastest but it's memorable and most people know what it is and where it's located.

You can't say that about most rollercoasters. Most people don't know which one is the biggest, tallest, or fastest but I'd bet most people know about Space Mountain.


Agree 100%. Everyone, even people who are not into roller coasters, has heard of Space Mountain.
 
2014-01-22 07:58:22 AM  

bungle_jr: but probably the best overall coaster i've ridden was at a theme park in germany. i cannot remember what the name of the park was, nor the name of the coaster...maybe someone here knows it...it was a single-rail steel coaster, designed & sponsored by mercedes benz, and waiting in line much of the line was indoors, and there were mb cars on display. this coaster had the highest drop of any coaster in europe, at least at the time 12+ years ago


Best guess from Wikipedia is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Star_%28roller_coaster%29
 
2014-01-22 07:58:22 AM  
I enjoy the fact that it's dark - no way to anticipate the turns, dips, etc.

As many have mentioned Disney is about experience, not roller coasters.
 
2014-01-22 07:59:34 AM  

strapp3r: i rode Space Mtn when i was an eighth-grader in 1977 just after it opened.
the ride was wicked dark and you couldn't see or anticipate the turns.
as fun as it was, my friends and i got thrashed by that ride.
soon after, the ride was lightened up to lessen the rag-doll effect.


Absolutely This!  Rode it the first time in 1980, and it was completely worth circling right back around to the entrance afterward.  The seating in the cars was looser (two riders per opening, kind of like a log flume ride), and you got tossed around quite a bit.  Bonus points:  the ride broke down while we were in the boarding area, so they had to turn on the lights and I got a nice view of the complicated layout.

Went back ten years later with munchkin in tow, and the ride had been tamed down completely.  Too bad...
 
2014-01-22 07:59:52 AM  

Muta: Isn't Space Mountain the roller coaster where chicks flash their boobs?


That's Splash Mountain.
 
2014-01-22 08:00:12 AM  

Muta: Isn't Space Mountain the roller coaster where chicks flash their boobs?


That's Splash Mountain.
 
2014-01-22 08:02:29 AM  

The Martian Manhandler: Muta: Isn't Space Mountain the roller coaster where chicks flash their boobs?

That's Splash Mountain.


dracos31: Muta: Isn't Space Mountain the roller coaster where chicks flash their boobs?

That's Splash Mountain.


Twenty seconds, but Manhandler gets the link bonus :-)
 
2014-01-22 08:05:03 AM  

steamingpile: I think legendary and best in the USA are two completely different things but space mountain is definitely legendary especially to anyone who grew up in the 60s,70s,80s. And parents who were bombarded with requests to go after Disney channel told you to ask parents to see space mountain will agree 100%.


Bingo.  Loved Space Mountain back in the day.  Ask me to name a roller coaster and Space Mountain is the only one that comes up.  It's not the best, but it achieves 'Legendary' through longevity and uniqueness.
 
2014-01-22 08:05:14 AM  

SurfaceTension: The Beast at Kings Island in Ohio

/that is all


Except, you are wrong.  You not only have to mention which park it is in, but which state.    Mention 'The Beast' out of context, and people won't know what you are referring to.   Mention 'Space Mountain', and even people who aren't in to roller coasters will have a good chance of knowing what it is.

'The Beast' might be a fun rollercoaster, but it's not legendary.
 
2014-01-22 08:05:23 AM  
Is Disney *anything* really the most legendary *anything* in the World?

The answer is Yes.
 
2014-01-22 08:05:58 AM  
Better question:  Is Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH) the most legendary roller coaster park in the world?

Right Answer: HELL FARKING YES!
 
2014-01-22 08:06:41 AM  
My dad waited in that line for over an hour when it first opened, us kids were in the haunted house, did it three times.
He gets real close to the top of the line and there's a sign about heart conditions. He reads it out loud real loud, then yells, WHAT ?! THIS ISN'T A SCIENCE RIDE?
 
2014-01-22 08:09:22 AM  
Question:

How many recognize Big Bad Wolf, Draachen Fire, or Loch Ness Monster

/Just seeing if the ones I grew up with were known outside of this region
 
2014-01-22 08:10:05 AM  
...and no mention of Revolution, the first modern looping roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain?
 
2014-01-22 08:11:18 AM  
Back in the day.  Get really high, wear dark sun glasses, and take the seat belt off.  Pretty much the only way to make it fun.

/ Undoing the seat belt probably sets off and alarm now.
// Something to do on rainy days (no lines)
 
2014-01-22 08:11:56 AM  
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2014-01-22 08:12:44 AM  
ObeliskToucher:  Bonus points:  the ride broke down while we were in the boarding area, so they had to turn on the lights and I got a nice view of the complicated layout.

I would think riding with the lights on would be interesting, seeing how complex the structure is and the fact it's in basically a small arena.
 
2014-01-22 08:18:02 AM  

IanMoone: bungle_jr: yes
legendary

best? fastest? scariest? nope.

but definitely legendary

btw, the new texas giant is one awesome ride!

but probably the best overall coaster i've ridden was at a theme park in germany. i cannot remember what the name of the park was, nor the name of the coaster...maybe someone here knows it...it was a single-rail steel coaster, designed & sponsored by mercedes benz, and waiting in line much of the line was indoors, and there were mb cars on display. this coaster had the highest drop of any coaster in europe, at least at the time 12+ years ago

Europa Park?

/haven't been there, want to go


wxboy: bungle_jr: but probably the best overall coaster i've ridden was at a theme park in germany. i cannot remember what the name of the park was, nor the name of the coaster...maybe someone here knows it...it was a single-rail steel coaster, designed & sponsored by mercedes benz, and waiting in line much of the line was indoors, and there were mb cars on display. this coaster had the highest drop of any coaster in europe, at least at the time 12+ years ago

Best guess from Wikipedia is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Star_%28roller_coaster%29


thanks. yes, i think that is it! i suppose my memory was a bit fuzzy about the rails...looks like a normal 2 track steel. but it was a super smooth fun coaster!

i only went to 2 theme parks in europe. europa was a group trip with other folks from my squadron

the other time was my last weekend in europe, my friends, whose house i was staying at since i'd already given up my apartment, they said "hey we're going to six flags this weekend, want to go?"

i was shocked...i had NO idea there was a six flags...it was six flags over holland (which i'm fairly certain is no longer there), and it was one of the weirdest fun experiences i've had. i'd only ever been to six flags over texas, and knew about 3 or 4 other locations in the usa.
 
2014-01-22 08:18:42 AM  

SurfaceTension: The Beast at Kings Island in Ohio

/that is all


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2014-01-22 08:20:46 AM  

kokomo61: but did the original Space Mountain in Anaheim this past August.


I've got some bad news for you...
 
2014-01-22 08:21:14 AM  

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Came here to post that.
Wooo!
 
2014-01-22 08:25:05 AM  

Great_Milenko: ObeliskToucher:  Bonus points:  the ride broke down while we were in the boarding area, so they had to turn on the lights and I got a nice view of the complicated layout.

I would think riding with the lights on would be interesting, seeing how complex the structure is and the fact it's in basically a small arena.


i never rode the space mtn ride...went with my family to disneyworld when i was about 12, and it's not really all that exciting to a 12 year old boy...and for some reason i backed out of riding probably the one cool ride, space mtn

but the europapark i went to in germany had a coaster that was at least partially in the dark, and it had lots of neon/laser lighting, and that was a cool ride
 
2014-01-22 08:26:15 AM  

kim jong-un: SurfaceTension: The Beast at Kings Island in Ohio

/that is all

Except, you are wrong.  You not only have to mention which park it is in, but which state.    Mention 'The Beast' out of context, and people won't know what you are referring to.   Mention 'Space Mountain', and even people who aren't in to roller coasters will have a good chance of knowing what it is.

'The Beast' might be a fun rollercoaster, but it's not legendary.


To roller coaster enthusiasts it is legendary and then some. The Beast...the biggest baddest longest fastest roller coaster in the world. (when it was built. Might still be the longest, though)
 
2014-01-22 08:28:43 AM  
Space Mountain has a soundtrack by Dick Dale.
 
2014-01-22 08:32:07 AM  

Madbassist1: kokomo61: but did the original Space Mountain in Anaheim this past August.

I've got some bad news for you...


Yeah...if memory serves there is no space mountain at Disneyland. Wasn't it an Epcot thing? Went to world and land in 86 and 87 and that's my recollection.

Too early to actually Google at this point.
 
2014-01-22 08:32:26 AM  
I survived the SooperDooperLooper.

/And the SooperDooperLeaker.(but at least I glow in the dark)... obscure?
 
2014-01-22 08:33:34 AM  
I remember being taken in the late 70s some time. I'm guessing 1977 or therebouts, because I wasn't wearing glasses yet, which I got when I was in kindergarden.

I'm "blind without 'em".

So, yeah, a pitch black roller coaster for a four-five year old who needs glasses.

All I remember about that ride was losing my grip on the handles in the side of the car and desperately trying to get it back, and hearing my Dad hollerin' to Holy Jesus to get off this thing safely.

To this day, I don't know whether he was seriously afraid or just trying to make it more "fun" for me. Since I suppose he would have been around thirty at the time and he was a life-long smartass, I'm going with the latter.

I'd like to go back some day now that I can actually SEE. Space Mountain and 20,000 Leagues and that Jungle Safari River Thing were kind of lost on a four year old with bad eyesight. :)
 
2014-01-22 08:35:31 AM  
Took the family to WDW a few years ago so the kiddies could have some fun. We rode Space Mountain and Mrs. Jest noticed that her bra straps had slid down off of her shoulders during the ride leaving her a bit jostled. Later we rode it again after she had done some adjusting and sure enough the same thing happened.

Boy I tell you those Disney Imagineers are brilliant.
 
2014-01-22 08:36:07 AM  

timswar: Question:

How many recognize Big Bad Wolf, Draachen Fire, or Loch Ness Monster

/Just seeing if the ones I grew up with were known outside of this region


Big Bad Wolf and Loch Ness Monster were my first two steel coasters. I'm legitimately thinking of detouring on my trip to my cousin's wedding in NC in May just to go back on LNM.
 
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