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Florida Guide > Epcot

Mission Space

On our last visit to our villa we managed to persuade my Mother to go with us to this ride at Epcot. We went after spending the afternoon at the Park so it was quite late in the evening when it was not so crowded.

The reason we managed to persuade her to go was not that she had become brave but that there is now an option of choosing a less intense experience! You now choose to bypass the centrifuge (spinning action) of Mission Space. All you have to do is let the Cast Member know which version you prefer and you are directed to the appropriate queue. However there are many signs throughout the attraction advising guests with high blood pressure, back or neck problems not to ride

This ride really does give you a unique experience. Mission Space launches you into a simulated space adventure with a terrific lift-off followed by the sensation of weightlessness in outer space.

Mission Space was created in consultation with former NASA advisors, astronauts and scientists, along with the Walt Disney Imagineering team. Apparently it uses new technology, which makes it the first ride system to take attraction visitors straight up in a simulated flight experience.

Once you get into the attraction you join a queue area representing a futuristic International Space Training Centre. Suspended on one of the walls is a huge Gravity Wheel along with a number of flags hanging from the ceiling, which gives the training centre an a international flair.

As you enter the ride you start to hear the launch countdown, and there are also some psychological effects that help build the tension and you really feel as though you are taking part in a space launch. As the countdown approaches, the seats tilt back into the launch position of facing the sky on your back. Next you hear the engines roar and you blast off. You than experience huge G Forces with a feeling of increasing speed as the space craft escapes the Earth' s gravitational pull.

As the flight continues you experience a feeling of weightlessness. There are four people in each vehicle and each person has a mission to accomplish during the simulated flight to Mars. You will see a large number of controls and displays in front of each seat, along with a joystick that each person uses. The mission' s outcome depends on how well the team performs during the flight!

After the ride ends you exit through the attraction post ride area. Here you can find lots of games for the whole family and we spent nearly an hour here before heading back to the villa for a late night swim.

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