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Mission Space - EPCOT
Mission space is one of the newest rides at Disney’s EPCOT. The ride is designed on a space rocket mission to Mars where 4 crew take a trip to visit a space centre located on Mars.
Having never been on the ride since it was built I must say I was really looking forward to riding it. When it was first built the ride experienced long queues and as such wait times were in excess of 1 hour. This Jun due to the weather and the fact it was not in peak season the wait time was only 10 minutes. This as really good and enabled us to basically walk straight onto the ride.
The ride is broken down into 2 distinct areas, an orange path and a green path. Take the orange path if you want to experience the full ‘ride experience’ or take green if you are not sure about experiencing high G-forces and feeling enclosed in small spaces. We took the orange route as we wanted to experience the full effect.
Once queued you eventually get to the loading bays where you are given a quick briefing by the launch centre and then loaded into your capsule. Each person in your 4 man team is given a specific job and role for the voyage. The 4 roles are Navigator, Pilot, Commander and Engineer. Along the way each person is given 2 tasks to complete by pushing the buttons in front of themselves. At first this seems easy, but when you are locked in and trying to remember all the buttons when there is so much going on can become difficult.
Once locked in you are then told you are GO for launch and tilted backwards. At this point all you can see is the tower holding your rocket upright. Then it is GO and at this point is where you then experience the full G-force experience as you go out of the atmosphere. Where the green ride differs at this point is you are not four forrced back with as much G-force. For those people that feels sick there are sick bags provided!
Along your way to Mars you are all asked to complete your individual tasks and at the various points you are given notification to press your buttons. As you go to Mars the experience is really lifelike (not that I have been to space). Each turn pushes you back in your seat and even the experience of weightlessness is realistic when you leave the Earths atmosphere.
Overall the ride really lived up to my expectations, it had plenty to offer and even though it was relatively short, it really did give you a great experience. For those that don’t like to be spun round (as this is how they generate the G-force) go to the green ride as you still get the overall experience, just at a lower level. If at EPCOT this is in my view a must ride.
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