Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 33
  1. #1

    • I'm Flying High
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    1313 Harbor Blvd.
    Posts
    1,386

    Big Thunder and Space Mountain Challenge

    I am prone to worrying about roller coasters. I get really freaked out when it comes to a chance of getting coaster-sick. I was disappointed to hear Splash Mountain, the only "big" ride I can do without having a freak-out, will be closed for my trip. I'm looking for a new challenge ride; something new that I can try. Is Space Mountain really fast and does it have big drops? How about Big Thunder Mountain?
    The daydream princess

  2. #2

    • Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Escondido, California, United States
    Posts
    210

    Re: Big Thunder and Space Mountain Challenge

    BTMRR is semi fast with no large drops and stops for 3 different lift hills. Space seems fast but isn't (goes about 35 mph). Big Thunder has bigger drops (but they are not that big) and Space is mostly turns.

  3. #3

    • Minion
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Orange County/ Townsville, AUS!
    Posts
    1,311

    Re: Big Thunder and Space Mountain Challenge

    Space to me seemed a lot slower with the new lighting and stuff.

  4. #4

    • I'm Flying High
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    1313 Harbor Blvd.
    Posts
    1,386

    Re: Big Thunder and Space Mountain Challenge

    Thank you!
    The daydream princess

  5. #5

    • Banned User
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    1,638

    Re: Big Thunder and Space Mountain Challenge

    Both are relatively tame roller coasters. In terms of drops and top speed they are nothing compared to Splash Mountain.

    However where Splash is mostly a calm journey Space and Big Thunder are fast and out of control for a longer period of time. You also won't know what's coming up since you are not that familiar with the rides. On Splash you kinda know when the drops are coming. Here are some stats to give you an idea.

    Space Mountain

    Track Height:
    75 feet
    Largest drop:
    17 feet
    Top speed:
    35 miles per hour

    Just dark and fast. Prepare for a lot of right turns.

    Big Thunder Mountain

    Top speed: 36 mph (45 km/h)

    In terms of drops Big Thunder isn't much to write home about. It does have what is called "head-choppers" which is the illusion that you are going to hit the rock walls and stuff.

    In terms of getting sick I'd be more worried about Space Mountain.

  6. #6

    • Shubisha
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Laramie, WY
    Posts
    3,950

    Re: Big Thunder and Space Mountain Challenge

    By the time you might have reacted and gotten scared of a drop on big thunder, it'll already be over. They're like half a second's worth. The big lift hill you see isn't for a six flags style drop, it just leads to a downhill speedup and turn.

  7. #7

    • I'm Flying High
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    1313 Harbor Blvd.
    Posts
    1,386

    Re: Big Thunder and Space Mountain Challenge

    Thanks so much for this advice. To begin with, I had thought Space Mountain would be the tamest, but now I think I'll mainly want to try Big Thunder.
    The daydream princess

  8. #8

    • Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Los Angeles, California, United States, United States
    Posts
    986

    Re: Big Thunder and Space Mountain Challenge

    If I'm there, you'll probably be laughing (or covering your ears) so much, you won't notice any coaster-sickness

  9. #9

    • It's all about Theme!
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    3,604

    Re: Big Thunder and Space Mountain Challenge

    Both Big Thunder and Space I ride because they only turn and have no real drops. In Big Thunder, yes there are drops, but they are turning drops, so your stomach doesn't feel any problems. It is not like Screamin or ToT I assure you!
    Friend walks into line of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh-
    "Come on, Let's go see Country Bear- .......Oh."
    -August 1st 2010

    And this elevator traverls directly to The Twilight Zone The Gift Shop!
    -August 2nd 2010

  10. #10

    • I love this place!
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    357 miles away
    Posts
    431

    Re: Big Thunder and Space Mountain Challenge

    If you'd like to try a coaster, I'd suggest Big Thunder first. Do it during the day and towards the front for the tamest ride. If you do OK on this, then move up to the Matterhorn (daytime) and Space Mountain. If all goes well, you're ready to move up to Big Thunder back row, Matterhorn at night, and Big Thunder at night (seems much wilder). Then cross the Esplanade and hitch a ride on California Screamin'. That's the Disney coaster progression order as I see it anyway.
    Last edited by 5hr drive; 01-20-2007 at 08:25 PM. Reason: fixed spelling

  11. #11

    • Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Torrance, CA
    Posts
    136

    Re: Big Thunder and Space Mountain Challenge

    It's been my experience that Big Thunder seems more tame the closer you are to the front of the train. When the train goes up the lift and then releases for the 'drop', the front cars are already halfway down the hill so they don't roll as far. You get most of the momentum in the back.

    Both Big Thunder and Space are pretty mild, really. And the Matterhorn is slower than both, but can get rather jerky, so you might not like that.

    Good luck, and I'm sure you'll have a blast

  12. #12

    • Banned User
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    1,638

    Re: Big Thunder and Space Mountain Challenge

    Quote Originally Posted by RangerSyl View Post
    It's been my experience that Big Thunder seems more tame the closer you are to the front of the train.
    The front is more exciting because you have a better chance of getting your head torn off!

  13. #13

    • MiceChat Round-Up Crew
    • Get the Iodine!
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Here
    Posts
    17,657
    Blog Entries
    10

    Re: Big Thunder and Space Mountain Challenge

    Don't worry yourself sick Roxy! You'll have fun .

    I think they are pretty tame and still fun.

    I hope you have fun and enjoy your new challenge .

  14. #14

    • Junior Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    30

    Re: Big Thunder and Space Mountain Challenge

    Tame especially now that you can see the Space mountain track....

  15. #15

    • New Member
    • Offline

    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Just south of Disneyland
    Posts
    12

    Re: Big Thunder and Space Mountain Challenge

    when you ride these coasters, be careful when you put your arms up, or youll come off with a hand chopped off, there are some some short clearances

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. TDL's upgraded Space Mountain vs. DLR's Space Mountain
    By ChrisFL in forum Tokyo Disney Resort
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 04-15-2008, 05:44 PM
  2. Spooky Space Mountain/Haunted Space Mountain Idea...
    By Quacky4Donald in forum Disneyland Resort
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 02-02-2007, 02:39 PM
  3. Replies: 17
    Last Post: 01-14-2007, 09:00 AM
  4. Space Mountain or Thunder Mountain, which is faster?
    By Magic Mirror in forum Disneyland Resort
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 01-03-2007, 12:42 PM
  5. RockIt Space Mountain vs. Rockin' Space Mountain
    By WatchYourHeadNStep in forum Disneyland Resort
    Replies: 40
    Last Post: 11-19-2006, 04:40 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •