I Know I’m Not the Only One Confused About Magic Kingdom’s Forbidden Ball Pit

Listen, we know a lot about Disney World, but there are some questions even we don’t know the answer to.

Cinderella Castle

How are the six songs on Cosmic Rewind randomized, and yet it feels like you get the same one over and over? What’s really going on on the top floors of the stores on Main Street U.S.A.? And finally, the one that’s been on MY mind the most — WHY must this Magic Kingdom ball pit be forbidden?

I’ll explain, hang on — when you’re both walking out of and into the Space Mountain ride in Magic Kingdom, you walk up and down lots of steps and ramps in the queue. On your way, you pass a few different space-related displays related to the ride, and one of them is a MASSIVE ball pit.

There it is!

Okay, it’s not REALLY a ball pit…I don’t think. It really just looks like a ton of silver balls (space rocks?) inside a pit…okay yeah, it’s totally a ball pit. More specifically — a FORBIDDEN ball pit.


But I’ll never be able to REALLY tell because it’s 100% a prohibited spot in Disney World. If you were to try to get into this display, you’d be promptly kicked out of the park. But that doesn’t mean I’m not curious!

I want to go there

They look kinda heavy if I’m being honest, but I’ll never KNOW because I can’t GET THERE! I know it’s silly, but it’s a burning question that I wonder for hours whenever I’m in the parks (or writing about it, for that matter — how am I going to sleep tonight?!).


So please, if you have information on this forbidden ball pit, please pass it on. On behalf of the entire AllEars team, WE NEED TO KNOW!

Space Mountain

Speaking of the AllEars team, we’ve been around for a while. In fact, if we dig into the archives a bit, we can point you to a super informative piece all about the history of Space Mountain by Joan Feder!

Magic Kingdom

For example, did you know that originally, Imagineers planned to build another Matterhorn in Walt Disney World, but since there was more room for a ride in Tomorrowland, they opted for a space-themed attraction instead?

Matterhorn in Disneyland

Additionally, we know that when Space Mountain opened on January 15th, 1975, it was the world’s first indoor roller coaster. Pretty impressive, eh? It was also the first coaster to be completely computerized!

Click here to learn more about the history of Space Mountain! 

In the meantime, we’re always on the lookout for the latest Disney news, so stay tuned for more.

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2 Replies to “I Know I’m Not the Only One Confused About Magic Kingdom’s Forbidden Ball Pit”

  1. The ball pits were featured more prominently on the sides of the queue in the 90s when I was in high school. During Grad Nite my friends and I grabbed a few to toss around (they are just empty plastic balls) while we waited.