Space Mountain drop

Space Mountain in Disney World has a drop of 26 feet. The drop height is different for the ride from park-to-park:

  • Space Mountain Magic Kingdom (Disney World) – 26 ft (7.9 m)
  • Space Mountain Disneyland – 76 ft (23 m)
  • Space Mountain Tokyo Disneyland – 17 ft (5.2 m)
  • Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain at Disneyland Park Paris – 105 ft (32 m)
The above represents peak drop height – so the distance from the beginning of the biggest drop on the ride down to the bottom of that drop. That’s not the total height of the ride (which will again be different for each) and in each instance there are in fact multiple drops.
If you have concerns about the drops on the ride, you may find some of our other Space Mountain guides helpful. We’ve walked through whether it’s scary, how long it is, the height requirements (this is sometimes a good proxy for how intense the ride will be), whether it goes upside down, and of course how fast it is.

Space Mountain Drop vs. Splash Mountain Drop vs. Thunder Mountain Drop

Drop heights for Space, Thunder & Splash mountain compared
Maybe the best known drop among Disney rides is the Splash Mountain drop. Splash Mountain is one of my favorite rides, and while it isn’t the most intense ride generally, it does have by far the biggest drop among these rides.

Space Mountain Drop Angle

Space Mountain has a drop angle of 39 degrees. One of the things that makes the drops on Space Mountain feel like the drops are larger and steeper is the fact that they take place in the dark and it’s impossible for riders to see very far in front of them on the ride.
To get an actual sense of how steep the drops are you can check out videos of Space Mountain with the lights on like this one:

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Sources

If you’re like me and your curiosity about theme park and ride design goes beyond Space Mountain, here are a number of great in-depth resources if you want to dive deeper on the topic:

-Drops on Space Mountain: A Bibliography by Jessica M. Wilson (

-The Physics of Roller Coaster Drops by Tony Wayne (

-The Science of Roller Coasters by Alex Dainis (

-A Brief History of Roller Coasters by Jeff C. Teeters (

-Roller Coasters: A Thrill Seeker’s Guide to the World’s Best by Alex Dainis (

-The Roller Coaster Lover’s Companion: A Thrill Seeker’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Coasters by Robert Coker (

-Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything by Steven Levy (