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Forty Years of Space Mountain at Disneyland Park

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

This weekend marked forty years since Disneyland park guests first cleared for launch aboard Space Mountain. This Disney Parks classic first opened at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in 1975, and construction on Space Mountain at Disneyland park began soon after. To mark its fortieth anniversary, I’d like to share some of my favorite photos of Space Mountain – which also happens to be my favorite Disneyland park attraction!

Construction on Space Mountain at Disneyland Park in 1976

George Savvas first shared this photo, showing the 1976 construction of Space Mountain, here on the Disney Parks Blog five years ago to commemorate the attraction’s 35th anniversary.

Space Mountain

And here we see guests preparing to blast off not long after it opened.

Forty Years of Space Mountain at Disneyland Park

This photo was shot by former Disneyland Resort Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer, who always had a knack for finding unique perspectives. And if you look closely, you may just see a bit of Paul in the photo!

Forty Years of Space Mountain at Disneyland Park

And finally, I love this enchanting photo of Space Mountain looming above Tomorrowland in the starlight.

Experience this Disneyland park classic again when Space Mountain reopens June 1!


  • I can’t believe Space Mtn is 40 years old. My wife and I stayed at the Contemporary in 1977 on our honeymoon. That was the first time we rode Space Mtn. and loved it. Just spent our 40 anniversary at Disney World space Mtn was a must stop

  • I love it when they pay proper homage to classic rides. Can’t wait!

  • Space Mtn is my favorite attraction too Erin!! I am so excited that it will be returning to Classic SM before my family gets there in August! Woohoo!!!

  • My son finally reached 40 inches last year, so he’s only ever been on Hyperspace Mountain. I’m excited to try the original with him and see if he even notices a difference.

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