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  • On Apr 27, 2010
    Rachel from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Daughter loves Big Thunder railroad but is not sure if she should ride space mountain. What are your thoughts and comparisons? Going to disney at the end of May. Can't wait!!!!

    Hi Rachel, If your daughter loves Big Thunder Mountain Raildroad, then she's sure to be a fan of Space Mountain. My 7 year old is a thrill-seeker & she loves both of these as well as Expedition Everest.

    Comparing the two, I feel that you get "tossed" around more on Big Thunder than on Space Mountain. That's likely due to the "rickety train track" theme. It has it's dips and goes pretty fast around the corners. Space Mountain is an exciting roller coaster, too. Like Big Thunder, there aren't any flips, loops or corkscrews on this ride. There are several big "dips", but that's it. In fact, the highest speed Space Mountain reaches is 28 miles per hour, it just feels much faster in the dark. My daughter rode it with her hands in the air, and begged to go right back on it. The minimum height requirement for Space Mountain is 44 inches, so to avoid disappointment be sure she measures up ahead of time. I just double checked with 3 of my kids and they all agree that Big Thunder is "pretty equal" to Space Mountain as far as the "fun" factor. The key difference is that Space Mountain is in the dark. If your daughter doesn't like the dark, then she might not like it. I should clarify though that it isn't pitch dark, there are "stars", "comets", and other lights. It's a LOT of fun. It's like riding a rocket ship through space, and is one of our favorite attractions.

    If your daughter is at least 44 inches, she will also be able to ride Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park. After 3 times in a row, I had to pry my little girl away from it.

    Hope this helps and that you have a Magical Vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Kaylene, Massachusetts

I'm a blessed Mom of five fabulous kids, a Disney Vacation Club member, and an Annual Passholder. I've stayed in every Disney Resort on property, and I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with infants, toddlers, tweens, teens, grandparents, and on countless multi-generational family vacations! Learn More About Kaylene

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