Here you will discover MISSION: SPACE where you can blast off into space!
MISSION: SPACE is one of the most incredible rides at EPCOT! To be able to have this experience is like no other. From the moment you walk thru the doors, all the way to end, is a one-of-a-kind rush. Along the way you can get the best photo opportunities.
As you approach the pavilion you will see our beautiful blue Planet Earth, along with the two others planets. Be aware that there are two different lines that you can enter for two different astronaut training levels. For the brave and daring you can choose the Orange Team for more intense training. (WARNING: For safety, you should be in good health, have no neck or back problems, or be an expectant mother.) For the milder rider you can choose the Green Team for less Intense Training. (This will let you bypass the spinning action)
TIP: Ride the less intense experience first. If that doesnít bother you go the higher intensity experience. Also, donít forget your Dramamine in the morning, it will make a huge difference! Trust me on this one!
As you begin your adventure you pass a futuristic International Space Training Center. Suspended on one of the walls is a huge Gravity Wheel along with a number of flags hanging from the ceiling. (The only word for this is awesome)
Next, you will go by Mission Control. Totally, an awesome sight! You can hear the conversations they are having with the astronauts.
You will go for a mission briefing, given by actor Gary Sinise. Each team member has a specific assignment to perform during the mission.
The positions include: Navigator, Pilot, Commander and Engineer. As your rank is called over the intercom, you will push the coordinating buttons, which enhances this ride.
As you board the space capsule, check out all of the controls and the display monitor at each station as everything is amazingly detailed. As you get ready for take-off the front monitors come down in front of you. If you are claustrophobic, as I am, it will be a little tight. With everything going on you will get past it. I did, four times!
Each seat is equipped with over-the-shoulder restraint, so donít worry about not staying in your seat. Each station has a joystick, in which you can help guide the capsule. As the countdown approaches, the seats tilt back into the launch position of facing the sky on your back. Keep your eyes on the monitors and watch the sky turn into night. At lift off you feel the engines roar and feel the whole cabin shake. It is the most incredible feeling as the craft leaves the Earthís 2.4 gravitational pull. As the flight continues there is a simulated feeling of weightlessness. Realistic sounds from overhead and vivid video images add to the experience of the simulation.
FUN FACTS: The images of Earth in Mission: SPACE were constructed from maps developed by the Earth Project, a joint venture by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cornell University and NASA. The Project combines images from satellite, Space Shuttle and International Space Station sources.
Mission Space was created in collaboration with former NASA advisors, astronauts and scientists, along with the Walt Disney Imagineering team. The attraction uses new technology, which makes it the first ride system to take attraction visitors straight up in a simulated flight experience.
Email your own space-themed video souvenir to friends back home.
GUEST POLICIES: Fastpass (Warning): (For Orange Team) For safety, you should be in good health, have no neck or back problems, or be an expectant mother. May cause motion sickness. For Guests with hearing impairments; Video Captioning Devices are located at Guest Services. Guests using ECVís must be able to transfer to a wheelchair and then transfer to the ride. Minimum height is 44". Due to the nature of the experience, service animals are not permitted on this attraction.
Mission: SPACE Advanced Training Lab is an interactive play space featuring space themed exhibits and games in the Mission: SPACE Pavillion.
GUEST POLICIES: Guests may remain in their wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to experience the attraction. (As you can tell, our grandson was not happy with me taking this picture!)
Please enjoy moments from Mission: SPACE!
FASTPASS is Disneyís FREE Service that helps cut down the time you have to stand in line for some of your favorite rides. Where eligible, go to your ride and to the Fastpass Center. Put your Disney ticket in the appropriate slot and in a few seconds your Fastpass will pop-out and you will get your Disney ticket back at the same time. On your Fastpass there will be an allotted time that you can go back to your ride and instead of going in the standby line you will go in the Fastpass Line. A Disney Cast Member will look at your ticket to make sure you are in your allotted time. This way you can board your attraction with a minimal wait. Tip: When you enter the park, go to your favorite rides and get your Fastpass. If you wait too long the Fastpass Center may run out of allotted times.