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Why Is Space Mountain Closed at Disney World?

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Space Mountain, the iconic roller coaster that has been a staple attraction at Disney parks worldwide, is currently closed at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The sudden closure, announced on September 18, 2023, has left many fans and visitors wondering about the reasons for the closure and when they can expect the popular ride to reopen.


Space Mountain at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is currently closed for refurbishment to ensure the ride continues to operate safely and provide the best experience for guests. While no specific details about the refurbishment have been disclosed, it is expected to address general maintenance issues. The ride is scheduled to reopen on October 26, 2023.

The Reason for Space Mountain’s Closure

Space Mountain is undergoing refurbishment, a common occurrence for Disney rides to ensure they continue to operate safely and provide the best experience for guests. While the specific reasons for this refurbishment have not been disclosed, it is expected to address general maintenance and some chronic issues, such as the tunnel lighting at the beginning of the ride.

Previous Closures of Space Mountain

This is not the first time Space Mountain has been closed for refurbishment. In April 2003, Disneyland’s Space Mountain closed suddenly due to the ride becoming unstable and needing a complete track replacement. The closure lasted until July 15, 2005, when the ride reopened after a major refurbishment.

In April 2013, Disney voluntarily closed Space Mountain, Matterhorn Bobsleds, and Soarin’ Over California at Disneyland due to OSHA-related issues so that employee safety protocols could be reviewed. The downtime for each attraction differed, but all were closed for some time.

Impact on Guests

The closure of Space Mountain affects the overall guest experience in several ways. For many, the closure may lead to disappointment as the ride is a beloved and iconic attraction. However, guests can explore other attractions available at the various parks within the resort.

Within Magic Kingdom itself, other popular attractions include Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Over at EPCOT, guests can explore the World Showcase, ride Soarin’ Around the World, or experience Test Track. Hollywood Studios also offers attractions like Tower of Terror, Slinky Dog Dash, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

What to Expect Upon Reopening

As of now, Space Mountain is scheduled to reopen on October 26, 2023. It is expected that no major updates or changes to the ride will be evident after the refurbishment. The Ghost Galaxy holiday overlay, which was previously installed during the Halloween season, will not be featured this year.

Other Closed Rides at Disney World

Along with Space Mountain, several other attractions at Disney World are also closed. For example, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Voyage of the Little Mermaid is currently closed with no specified reopening date. At Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, the entire park has been closed since March 19, 2023, with no specified reopening date.


While the closure of Space Mountain may be a disappointment for many guests, it’s important to remember that refurbishments are necessary to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors. With a variety of other attractions available and the anticipation of Space Mountain’s reopening, there’s still plenty of magic to be found at Disney World.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration of a typical ride on Space Mountain?

A typical ride on Space Mountain lasts approximately 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

What is the height requirement for Space Mountain?

The height requirement for Space Mountain is 44 inches (112 cm).

Is FastPass+ available for Space Mountain?

Yes, FastPass+ is typically available for Space Mountain. However, availability may vary and it’s best to check the official Disney World app for the most accurate information.

Is Space Mountain accessible for guests with disabilities?

Yes, Space Mountain is accessible to guests with disabilities. However, guests must transfer from their wheelchair or Electric Conveyance Vehicle (ECV) to the ride vehicle by themselves or by assisted by members of their party.

Is Space Mountain a suitable ride for young children?

Space Mountain is a high-speed roller coaster that includes sharp turns, sudden drops, and stops. It may not be suitable for young children, guests with health issues, or those who are pregnant. Always check the ride’s safety warnings and guidelines before deciding whether it’s suitable for you or members of your party.

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