Disney to offer milder version of Mission:Space
Walt Disney World announced today that it will offer Epcot
visitors the option of riding a tamer version of its Mission: Space
centrifuge. The original version will remain available, so, presumably, Disney will run different speeds on different centrifuges.
Mission: Space subjects riders to high levels of sustained G forces to create the sensation of a rocket launch, followed by the zero G of spaceflight. The force of the ride has proved too intense for many visitors, leading to a slew of "protein spills," paramedic visits and even two deaths.
A Disney spokesperson denied to the Orlando Sentinel that today's announcement was a reaction to the latest death on the ride. But, judging from reaction by some visitors, including those on TPI, it is clear that Disney needed to do something to reassure visitors spooked by the ride's track record.
WOW! Disney has finally buckled under pressure! I think that this is terrible and shows how people's fears can get the best of them!
It was bound to happen. The big question I find myself asking is Disney taking a hit because two people with poor health died after riding Mission Space?
This is exactly what I was afraid of.
This just shows you how much disney listens to that dollar. Instead of ripping it out and putting something else, lets tone it down so that its not a ride at all. Lets forget that its completely different than the original concept to begin with. The deaths were not caused by the ride, the first one died before the ride even started, and the second had a condition. I'm not defending disney,but the public seems to have just blown this thing way out and disney, not wanting to buckle completely and tear the ride down is going to dump more money into it and tone it down just to please some folks. Its crap. Either stand up and say heck with it and amp it up to the original specs or just kill it altogether. Stop the eggshell walking. I agree, whats next? Lap bars on Small World? Shoulder harnesses on Pirates?
Public fear is very dangerous! People do realize that they have a better chance of dying on the way to EPCOT than in EPCOT?
Ignoring the basic fact that this might actually stop some of the injuries and bad publicity...
AS long as they keep the original version I suppose I'll be fine, I suppose I can see from a business standpoint where Disney is coming from.
I think Ben nails it. (As usual, of course....) The robocoaster is the appropriate analogy here, as Disney's offering riders a choice, and not mandating a slower ride, as it has done with Body Wars and Dinosaur and other rides, in the past.
How will they do both versions? ?_?
This sounds like a good option, since the original intensity is still available for those who want to ride at that level.
Hey everyone Im new to the site. Im just really glad there not shuting down the real mission space ride. Instead they are just gonna build a milder version and take the hit money wise. Plus the line for the the real ride will decrease im sure. I was in Disney in Febuary and I rode the ride and thought it was pretty cool. Really intense, I can see why people and haveing such a hard time with keeping there lunch down.
I still think this is a bad move. Its to the point of giving in. People, look at the ride. It comes with barf bags. It tells you over and over again that you need to be in top health to ride. Do not ride if you have conditions a-z. People choose not to heed those warnings. They have seen the consequences if you ignore the warnings. Its not a fact of being the end of thrill rides, or even about back to their roots. Disney was slipping slowly to other parks when it came to offering older audiences something. Instead they are apologizing to the families and saying "we were wrong, heres a ride for you instead of something fun". It is only a matter of time before they tone down the whole ride completely. Bottom dollar. Its all about bottom dollar.
I find that it is very very wrong that it is not reported that health effect may have cause the death. I work for Universal Studio in Southern California
I, for one, am glad they are offering a milder option. While I can handle - and really enjoy the regular ride, some members of my family have passed on this ride because of the scare signs. I too beleive that Walt would have wanted this. To answer a prior post, there are 4 spinners on this ride, each one with (I think)10 pods. There should be little impact to the lines since so many will want to try both versions.
I agree with the decision. There was only one of the four pods that was open when I was there with no line up. I think people are scared anyway because of the incident so they should use another pod for a milder version.
Erik, seriously, how does this decision detriment you at all? I'm trying to understand why you seem so personally offended by Disney allowing *more* people to ride, Mission: Space, but genuinely can't. There isn't really any evidence to suggest that it's "only a matter of time before they tone down the whole ride completely".
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