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Adrienne Krock, editor
Visiting Space Mountain

Cosmic Waves sits in front of Space Mountain
Cosmic Waves sits in front of Space Mountain

Nestled in Tomorowland is my favorite ride, Space Mountain. In front of the entrance to Space Mountain, there is a really cool fountain that is usually turned on during the summer. The fountain is called Cosmic Waves. Cosmic Waves is a great place to go when it is a burning hot day. There is a huge granite ball in the middle of a high powered fountain. If you are strong enough, you can make the ball of stone rotate in many different directions.  Surrounding the stone ball are small circles in the ground. Water shoots up from these holes in a pattern. If you don’t watch out, you can get really wet — but that’s not bad on a hot day.

Space Mountain is located near a great store for the whole family. The store is called Star Traders. The Star Tours ride actually exits into Star Traders. That is one of the ways that Disneyland  gets our hard- earned money. One section of Star Traders is dedicated to Star Wars stuff.  You can find almost every Star Wars toy and action figure ever made. In the main part of the store, you can find all of the Disney cartoon characters as beanie babies, and other stuffed animals. You can also get all sorts of hats,T-shirts, sweatshirts, and so much more.

The entryway to Space Mountain
The entryway to Space Mountain

To enter Space Mountain, you start by going up a long walkway next to the Pizza Port. This walkway twists and turns a couple of times and goes onto the roof of “Honey I Shrunk The Audience”. It is a fairly long walk, but the ride is definitely worth it. Next, when you actually get into the Space Mountain building, you enter a hallway that has black lights. It makes a futuristic effect (it also makes your clothes look very cool!). You walk down a long corridor that turns to the right and the left, all the while taking your farther into the building.  Above your head, there are TVs that show a prediction of what a news broadcast would be like in the future. It has lots of funny and cool things in it. I really like watching it.

As you continue down the corridor, you turn to the left and see something that looks like the back of a ship from Star Wars. It isn’t actually from Star Wars, though, but it is a spaceship of some sort. Now you can see the loading area for the ride. You continue around the area in a counter-clockwise way until you go down a ramp to where you actually get on the ride. There are lots of interesting things to look at while you are in line, like the robot scanning a Fed Ex package.

Soon a wonderful cast member will seat you down in one of the starships and you will be ready to take off!

On the back of the first car, there’s a little red light.  If it is on, it means that Dick Dale’s surf guitar music will be playing while you take your galactic journey. I think that the music makes you feel like you’re going faster when the ride is happening. It’s really cool.

It seems like you are ready to take off from the moment that you sit down in the starship. You start slowly, and come to a stop right in front of a control tower. The control tower says that they are getting you ready for a galactic adventure, and you *are.* “This is tower, launch sequence initiated.” That is the signal that you are ready to take off. You start off and go into a room that has lights flashing by you to make it seem like you are going very fast. That is one of the coolest effects in Disneyland.

Then there’s steep climb up and up. There are eight red light beams going in a clockwise way with mist falling on you. It looks like something out of Star Trek. It is really awesome. Then the ride *really* starts. This is where the part where you get all the adrenaline and thrills and chills. Now you’re set for adventure and excitement as your starship turns and blasts off. You zip and zap around in the dark with stars all around you. You will be screaming your lungs out because you are having so much fun. Because it is so dark and you are going so fast, you can’t tell which way you are headed. Don’t try to guess which direction you’re going because you can get really banged around if you guess wrong. Just hold on tight and let all your emotions fly out. Then,
all of a sudden, the ride is over and you are back at the loading bay. Just like that, you have been on the wonderful, the magnificent, the majestic Space Mountain!

Entryway sign
Entryway sign

For many years, I was afraid to go on Space Mountain. My parents told me that the ride was in the dark and was very fast. That was enough to keep me away for a few years. One year, I built up my courage and went on Space Mountain.

As soon as I got into the corridor with the black light, the spooky effect made me regret my decision, but I was too far in line to back out. So I slowly proceeded in line. After I sat down  in the starship, I felt reassured because of the big bar across my lap. The ride started slowly, and then the Dick Dale’s surf music (which I have grown to love) came on. I just closed my eyes and put my head in my lap while the ride was proceeding, holding as tight as I possibly could to the bar in front of me. All of a sudden, the ride came to a stop and it was over. I had conquered my fear of Space Mountain! After that, no one could
keep me off it. I once rode it 12 times in a day. Without a doubt, it is definitely my favorite ride. I love it, and I am sure that you will, too.

If you want more information on how Space Mountain works, go to Kevin Krock’s (Ask Doc Krock) articles.

Well, so long and good bye. This is Casey signing off.
C’ya next time on Mouse Planet!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Casey
Hi there!
My name is Casey.

I have always loved amusement parks, but I especially love Disneyland. It has always been my favorite place. I live in Northern California, about 400 miles away from the Happiest Place on Earth. I like to go to Disneyland all the time.

I have two sisters and one brother. I love them dearly. I also have a great mom and a great dad. I love them a lot too. I am in 8th grade, an honor student, and a complete jock. I have been on more than 25 trips to Disneyland, and I do not plan to stop going there.

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