Posted Friday, February 7, 2003 3:50 AM | Contributed by General Public
Disney marketing executives have a challenge ahead as they prepare to open Mission: Space, a space flight simulator scheduled to open this year at Epcot. Consultants say that the ride will have to be promoted with sensitivity to avoid causing bad feelings following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
Read more from ABC News.
A good marketing spin, and they could bring this new attraction online without skipping a beat.
Wishing that Mission: Space would be finished earlier in the year, like when I am out there ;)
This is what the ride currently looks like-
Heres the promo poster for it (it's MY photo, don't steal it! )
The ride's queue will be themed to an astronaut training center. You'll be briefed and trained like an astronaut, then you'll board a "shuttle" to take to the International Space Station. You'll take off inside the space shuttle, pulling 2.5 g's(origionally slated to pull 4 g's, but early riders said it was far too intanse). Once you reach Space, you'll experience weightlessness for a brief period of time (around a minute). Everyone on the ride will be able to interact with the ride and will have specific tasks to complete while in the ride, the ride outcome will depend on how well each task is accomplished. Last I heard, there were 3 sets of paths with 5 outcomes so basicly there could be 15 different endings to the ride! Somewhere along the lines, a disaster occurs(I beleive it's a meteor shower) and you must return to earth. When you return to earth, you'll leave the shuttle and have the option of trying many different excersizes(not sure exactly what).
Here are a few more details-
The ride was origionally going to have a 2nd portion where you return to earth on a "Soarin over Cali" type ride system, but it was scrapped when Compaq said they had already spent enough. (Compaq is spending nearly 700 Million Dollars on this attraction/deal!)
How the ride system works-
The queue will hold approximately 1.5 hours of queueing (or about 3,000 people). The ride system will be made of 4 huge centrifuges, with 10 pods attached to each centrifuge. Each pod willhold 4 people for a total of 160 people per ride cycle(thats alot! nearly 2,000 riders per hour!). The centrifuges spin to nearly *200 RPM's to create the 2+ g's. The rapid slowdown of the centrifuges combined with the tilting of the pods will cause weightlesness for a 1-2 minute period. Right now, the post show throughput is severly limited, at about 300 riders per hour, this will haveto be fixed before the ride is finished, or lines will be astronomical. I don't think it'll be open by the target deadline of July 4th, they still have big problems to solve. Mainly synchronization witht he film, I'm hearing reports that CM's are getting VERY sick on the test version of the ride. As I said, they only have 1 centrifuge currently installed, and that one isn't even near ready to take riders... Lets not forget the Test Track mayhem, opening a full 19 months late!
It's being built by Entertainment Technology Corporation, heres a rendering of the ride vehicle and centrifuge-
A few specs on that centrifuge system-
- 3 DoF Electric Centrifuge Platform
- +40°/-55° Pitch
- ±25° Roll
- +360° Planetary
- Up to 4.5 G's - SUSTAINED
- 10 4-Seat Gondolas [40 Seats total per unit]
Simply put- If done correctly, this sucker looks like the ULTIMATE ride experience!*** This post was edited by ThePhantomLives 2/8/2003 5:01:25 PM ****** This post was edited by ThePhantomLives 2/8/2003 6:13:46 PM ***
I wouldn't say we have a short attention span. Afterall, people still flock to Ground Zero, NYC. And what is the first thing that comes to mind when people say "9-11" (September 11th). You don't need to specify a year to know people are referring to 9-11-01.
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