Get The Spin On Epcot's Mission: SPACE

It's no secret that Disney values realism in its attractions in a manner unprecedented by any other theme park in the entertainment industry. One of the most prolific accomplishments ever achieved in a theme park is located in Future World at Epcot and because of the intensity of the ride, many guests overlook it. Mission: SPACE, designed by Disney, validated by NASA, is a marvel of modern technology and the product of incredible 5-year partnership.

Which Team Will You Choose?Which Team Will You Choose?

The pavilion sets the mood for Mission: SPACE long before the ride begins. From an architecturally intriguing facade to historical tributes that abound in the courtyard, you'll feel like you've blasted off to the year 2036 before you even join the queue. Disney even has a real Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) on loan from NASA's Smithsonian collection.

At its core, Mission: SPACE is a motion simulator ride, but just because you can handle Star Tours doesn't necessarily mean that you're ready to launch into orbit. Flying into space aboard the X-s Deep Space Shuttle exposes riders to 2.5G created using centripetal force from spinning the ride vehicle. Each rider has a real mission from to navigator to pilot, from commander to engineer.

The Pavilion Sets the Mood The Pavilion Sets the Mood

Mission: SPACE's motion and story are deeply rooted in fact, using real Mars imaging data supplied by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), employing NASA's Visual Imaging System (VIS), and relying on Centrifuge technology. Most important to creating a real feeling of weightlessness is the 35' gravity wheel that NASA uses in its own astronaut training motion simulators.

Where will we find you at Mission: SPACE? Do you dive into the full experience on the Orange team, take the tamer approach on the Green team, or would you rather hang out with me in the post-show area and wait for your friends to stumble drunkenly off the ride?

Leave a comment below and share your team!

A big thanks goes out to Guest Author Holly L. for sharing a little bit of her knowledge of Disney History with us. If you'd like to read more about Holly's Disney Adventures, you can find her sharing on our member forum.

Jon Stallings wrote on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 20:55:

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One of my favorite rides - Orange every time!

Kristen K. wrote on Fri, 10/07/2016 - 16:12:

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I'm on the chicken-y Green Team

BarbaraB wrote on Mon, 10/10/2016 - 19:44:

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I guess 2.5G doesn't bother me without other stimuli (scenery rushing past me in a blur, for example). I do orange every time, but I don't feel dizzy or queasy after this ride. Quite frankly, I find it boring.

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