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Mission: Space reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Mission: Space, a centrifuge in Future World - Mission: Space at Epcot. (The minimum height to ride is 44 inches.)

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Posted: February 15, 2014

Blast off to Mars in this elaborately-decorated pavilion themed to an astronaut training mission. Hosted by Apollo 13 star Gary Sinise, your trip through the pavilion leads to a ride in a mock space capsule, designed to briefly simulate some of the experiences of launch and spaceflight. Of course, "something goes terribly wrong," so be prepared to help save the mission. The pavilion also offers a variety of interactive post-show activities.

Do note that this is a centrifuge-type attraction, based on the spinning machines used to train astronauts to handle high G-forces and weightlessness. On this ride, you will experience 2.5 Gs of force over a sustained period, followed by simulated weightlessness. If you have high blood pressure, are significantly overweight, or have any history of heart problems, you should not ride the spinning "orange team" version of the ride. Choose instead the "green team" option, where your ride vehicle does not spin and you'll experience none of the extreme G-force or simulated weightlessness. The capsules are a tight fit either way, so anyone with claustrophobia should just skip the whole thing.

Readers' rating:

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118 votes, so far

a fitting ride but it is rough. - Morgan Flay

Great theming. Immersive ride experience. Buttons that do stuff! Such a great ride. Honestly, removing my nostalgic leanings, this is simply the best ride in the world. Fast, high-g forces, plausable story line, fun. I rode it 20 times or so the last time I was in EPCOT. Not for the weak of will or stomach. If you think you might get motion sick opt out or for the non-spinning version. The sensations are so visceral. 10.1/10 - Doug Adams

The ride was ok. I am not a big fan of small spaces, so I don't like the ride is that great. It does not live up to horizons. I still think you should ride it when you go, but don't re ride... ugh.. if you do the orange team. 5.5/10 UPDATE I am going to EPCOT next month, so wish me luck on the green team. - Jaiden Cohen

Definitely a one-of-a-kind ride experience. The feeling of the launch into space is just amazing and so realistic. - Bryce McGibeny

Great ride for thrill seekers and you will not experience anything like it !! Love the theming 10/10 - Owen Scott

Not sure why people dislike this ride as much as they do, I thought it was a blast. An excellent shuttle launch simulation, and great interactivity, with Gary Sinese walking you through the process from start to finish. Having a specific team 'task' to complete on-board (i.e. pushing a button/flipping a lever) is a nice touch. The centrifuge spins you up to 2.5 Gs, which combined with the tight space makes for an intense experience. I love it, but old folks and those that get queasy easily should avoid--I give it a 9.5/10. - Eric Stumpf

This high tech thrill ride isn't for everyone. The motion sickness can be severe for some people. If you're good with that, than this is a cool simulator ride to space. The beginning is intense, but thats how its supposed to be if your going to space. The sensation you get on this ride is totally unlike anything else in Disney World. Give it a go if your stomach can handle it. - Manny Barron

Thinking this would be similar to the old Mission to the Moon (or Mars) attraction at Disneyland I was pleasantly surprised. The centrifuge providing the gravity is much better than the sinking seat at the other attraction. And you get to push buttons! This is by far my favorite ride at EPCOT. - Jeff Krinock

Worst ride ever. This is one of the most expensive turds Disney Imaginering produced. I've also seen a lot of people get sick. The ride is boring and doesn't live up to it's promise. - O T

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