This article details our experience with Mission: SPACE, a motion simulator ride in the World Discovery area of Epcot. Below, we’ll review the details for experiencing Mission: Space on your next visit to Epcot.
Let me preface by stating that Mission: Space is not for everyone. This space flight attraction allows guests to choose between orange and green missions.
If you select the orange team, the more intense of the two, you’ll train for a mission to Mars. This mission requires intense training that takes place at the International Space Station. (This version has a 44″ height requirement.)
Guests who are unsure about this expedition will want to choose the green team. Mission Space’s green version is less intense, and you’ll spend your visit to space orbiting the Earth. (This version has a 40″ height requirement.)
Here is a quick reference table with details for Mission: SPACE.
Disney Height Requirement:
Yes, with Disney Genie+
Early Theme Park Entry:
Extended Evening Hours:
Seats Per Vehicle:
Rider Switch at Disney:
Tweens, Teens, and Adults
It can cause motion sickness.
Guests in wheelchairs or ECVS must transfer to the ride vehicles. Details for those with mobility issues (i.e., wheelchair, ECVs) can be found on Disney’s site. Service animals are not permitted. Video Captioning is available for this attraction.
Mission: SPACE is a simulated attraction with gravitational effects. As we discussed above, the “orbiting the earth mission” or the green mission is the gentle side of this attraction.
The mission to Mars, or the orange mission, is considered a thrill ride. This side of the attraction will experience a centrifuge that spins and tilts. It’s designed to simulate the same kind of G-force the astronauts do when they travel to space.
Before embarking on either mission, you’ll visit the International Space Training Center (ISTC) for special training. Here, you’ll watch a preshow starring Gina Torres. (Gary Sinise formerly hosted this preshow until the attraction’s last update in 2017.)
Each mission features four roles: a navigator, pilot, commander, or engineer. You’ll learn the critical tasks to complete for your chosen mission during the training.
As you approach the attraction’s entrance, you’ll walk through the Planetary Plaza. Here, you’ll see planets on display, like Earth, Jupiter, and Mars. This is also where you’ll see the entrance to the Space 220 Restaurant.
Mission: Space offers a Lightning Lane entrance that’s part of the regular Disney Genie+ upgrade. However, the standby queue usually offers reasonable waits during the latter portion of the day.
Will you get motion sickness on Mission: Space?
Some people will experience motion sickness on Mission: SPACE. If you are prone to experiencing motion sickness, I would not recommend riding this attraction.
Unfortunately, I don’t often have motion sickness, but I will not ride this attraction. It was a one-and-done for me many years ago. If you decide to try it, motion sickness bags are available.
My issue with this attraction was feeling locked in a tiny capsule, and the spinning during the launch was too intense. For reference, I will ride every attraction at Walt Disney World, but not Mission: SPACE. I’m sharing this with you because I wouldn’t want anyone to have that same experience.
It was late in the afternoon when we rode it. But it pretty much ruined the rest of my day, and many years later, I have never forgotten it.
Mission: Space does participate in the Rider Switch program. So, you can use the option if you have kids who aren’t tall enough to experience the ride. A lengthy list of warnings is in multiple places outside the ride’s entrance. You will want to review them beforehand.
Mission: SPACE averages a 45-minute wait during the busier portions of the day. You can expect longer waits on busier days. However, in the evenings, most of the crowds at Epcot have moved on to the World Showcase. So anytime after 7:00 p.m. is usually the best time to experience this attraction.
Advanced Training Lab is an interactive game area near the ride’s exit. This area has several video games, including Space Race. If you do not want to ride and prefer to wait inside, you can walk into the Advanced Training Lab via the ride exit. This is an excellent place for younger children to play while you are waiting.
Warning: If your children have been gone forever and you’re waiting outside, they could very well be inside playing video games. When my son was younger, I caught him doing this at a few choice attractions, especially Mission: SPACE.
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In the Comments
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