Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Apr 15, 2009
    Alice 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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    My heart sank when I just read your posts saying Space Mountain closes 4/19 for refurbishing! We arrive with my 9 year old on the 20th and its his all time favorite ride! Are there other equivalent rides we should now target?

    Hi Alice,

    The final countdown has begun! Yahoo! So sorry that you will be missing Space Mountain by a mere day. It is scheduled to close on April 19th for the better part of this year for a extensive refurbishment.

    The first attraction that comes to mind that you could consider is Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Hollywood STudios. This attraction is a high speed roller coaster that takes place indoors in the dark. The attraction might be a bit to intense for some children and there is a height requirement of 48". The "limo car" that you ride in twists, turns and even inverts (yes that means upside down). There is flashing neon lights and loud Aerosmith music, so if you son is concerned by any of this, you may want to skip this one for another year or so.

    Another great choice would be Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom. This mountain top thrill ride is not inside like Space Mountain but it is a little tamer than Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. Guests travel up the mountain and come face to face with the elusive Yeti. There is a portion of this ride in the dark and you do go backwards. This is my six year old's favorite in all of Disney World, and a great time.

    Magic Kingdom offers a turn on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This coaster is a runaway mine car that sends you sailing tare a Western landscape. The attraction is also outside and offers a number of fast curves and turns but no big drops.

    Hope your son can fill his need for speed with one of these choices. Have a magical time!
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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