Motion Base Ride
Minimum height to ride: 44 inches
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Published: February 15, 2015
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.
I enjoy most rides I go on, no matter how boring or how long the wait was, but Mission: Space was a terrible ride. The theming is okay, they make it feel like you're about to ride something really special. But you're not. You go to this big room filled with these contraptions that shake you all around and make you feel claustrophobic. In the end, you just feel ill and like you're wondering where the good part of the ride is. I did ride the more advanced one (Orange Team), so maybe the Green Team (less advanced) is better. Still, this ride should be replaced with something good! Maybe something like Dinosaur at AK? In my opinion, this isn't a "must-do" attraction at Epcot.
Overall - 1/10
A one of a kind experience that only disney could make!
As someone who enjoyed the original centrifuge version of this ride but can't take those kind of experiences anymore, I'm glad they now offer a "Green" version without it. (After several deaths and about 200 paramedic calls a year from this ride, you can see why they had to!) The ride is still fun in Green mode and you don't have to sit and wait for others in your party who are doing Orange. You can ride, too. If you're up for the full experience, the Orange trip is quite amazing and unlike any other ride you can have at any theme park anywhere.
If you can take the G-forces, then orange side will give you a unique thrill. If not, the green side will still be a fun ride with mild thrills. 8/10
a fitting ride but it is rough.
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
Definitely a one-of-a-kind ride experience. The feeling of the launch into space is just amazing and so realistic.
Great ride for thrill seekers and you will not experience anything like it !! Love the theming 10/10
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.
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.
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.
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