Disney hoping for lift from Mission: Space at Epcot

Posted Tuesday, October 7, 2003 4:45 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Walt Disney Co. is counting on a big lift from Mission: Space, the $100 million ride whose grand opening this week is part of a larger campaign to promote Disney's signature resort in Orlando. The entertainment giant hopes the latest Epcot attraction, along with other new features at the Central Florida parks, will help it recover from a tourism slump that has hobbled the company's overall earnings -- and the fortunes of an industry.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 7:39 AM
Every time I see that 100 million dollars I just can't help but think that they are wasting money. They could have built some amazing coasters with that money. I know its not what they are going for but you can't help but think what could have been.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 8:32 AM
They could have, but that wouldn't be Disney. They could've spent the $75 million on Tower of Terror on coasters too, but I'm glad they didn't. I can ride coasters anywhere, but Disney makes the difference between "ride" and "experience" very clear.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 8:47 AM
"Word" to what Jeff said! ;)

And no, that $100 million couldn't build some amazing coasters by Disney's standards, it would get 2 built at most. Even RnRc cost them over $40 million, and the new coaster going into TDS is reported to be well over the $100 price range. Also, I'm betting Everest will cost them a pretty penny as well, not to mention Soarin over EPCalifornia...

Not only that, but I have a feeling that Mission Space puts most coasters to shame with respect to forces and the experience, and most would agree with that.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 8:56 AM
Mission: Space is a good experience, but its nowhere near as scary as they are trying to say it is...I feel Space Mountain is scarier...I just don't think it will draw the crowds for return visist

I rode Mission: Space for the first time back in July and even though I have been on it 3 times since then, I really am not running back to Epcot to ride it again. Attractions like Tower of Terror and Rock N Roller Coaster seem to have more repeat appeal since there is always something new you are noticing.

I have no doubt however that it will be widly popular as with most Disney attractions and you cant help but appreciate all the work that went into creating this one of a kind experience.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 9:48 AM
That is pretty much what I said after my trip there in August. It was cool once but I don't really care to do it again until they change the ride program.

Meanwhile, I would take any oppurtunity to ride Space Mountain.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 10:11 AM
Yeah, I've heard many people say it's not that big of a repeat ride. But look at it from this point of view- the average person visits WDW 3 or 4 times in thier entire lifetime, so they don't have the opportunity to get "bored" with rides since they only ride them once or twice every so many years. Also, Disney in no way overspent on M:S, heres a list of a few other rides they've spent a pretty penny on-

Grizzly River Run @ DCA- $110 million (including rockwork)

TesTrack- Over $110 million

Indiana Jones Adventure @ DL- over $100 million

ToT @ DCA- Over $90 million

ToT @ WDW- over $70 million

Countdown to Extinction- over $50 million

Animation @ DCA- over $50 million

RnRc- $40 million

Soarin over Cali- over $30 million

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 12:02 PM
Think of it this way as well. Mission Space is a modifiable ride. They could always make multiple ride programs/movies to make it a new experiance like they've done with TOT so many times now, (Granted making a new CGI movie to go with the ride would be infinatly more difficult than it would be to reprogram the drop sequence in TOT).

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 12:17 PM
I have been on Mission: SPACE 5 times now and still find it as thrilling as ever. Sure, it's not a roller coaster, but it is a one of kind experience that you cannot find anywhere else in the world.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 12:50 PM
According to the stats that ThePhantomLives posted, the DCA version of ToT is going to cost a lot more than the FL original. I understand that inflation affects prices a little, but it seems to me that the new one is clearly more expensive than the original, so why are people complaining that the budget for the ride got cut? It seems to me that DCA will be getting an even more impressive ride that MGM got.

Of course, all those MiceAge and MousePlanet people do is complain about everything... they seem to want to bomb the corporate offices when a streetlight stays out for more than a few hours...

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 2:00 PM
I think the reason DCA's will cost more is due to earthquake proofing it.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 5:59 PM
To add to that, Space Mountain at DLP costed 100 millions to build in 95.

I have been on Mission: SPACE countless times and still find it great! As for return value... WDW can always create new missions...

As for RnRC, I'll probably be looked at as a weirdo... but my recent rides on it, I feel it beats out all other steel coasters I've been on. Better than DD Fire, Superman: ROS (SFNE), Nitro, Kumba among others. Why? Smooth ride, incredible launch and just the fact that you are actually going somewhere, with music blaring in. The complete coaster for me. Yes, that much money was spent on one coaster, but the result is fantastic. Its the only looper my father rides, and a whole lot of other people are the same! Aerosmith is a timeless band, so the ride won't be victim for a while of being.. cliche of a flavor of the month band.

I heard costs of over 40 millions for California Screamin!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 6:47 PM
No, maybe DCA's Tower of Terror could cost more because maybe they are trying to make it up or beyond par of Disney World's. I know shocking, but I just think people shouldn't look down on DCA so much. Tower of Terror I think will be the savior to DCA...
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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 8:48 PM
I agree that Aerosmith makes RnRC a much better ride than it would be without the music. More coasters should add speakers by your ear.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 6:17 AM
When I read and haer how much Disney spends on attractions today, it's hard to believe the first park in Anaheim only cost $ 17 million.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2003 8:19 AM
I don't think that ToT will be a savior to DCA, but it will definitely help. With a price tag like that, I can't imagine that much has been lost when you compare the new ride to the original, as has been rumored to be the case lately.

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