Disney will offer toned down Mission: Space ride

Posted Friday, May 5, 2006 11:54 AM | Contributed by Sgt Howie

Less than a month after a second person died after riding Mission: Space, Walt Disney World is reworking its hazardous but popular Epcot ride to offer a Mission: Space lite for people who shouldn't or don't want to try the full experience. Mission: Space simulates a spaceship launch, flight and landing by combining centrifugal and other motions with audio and video effects. There are four separate centrifuge systems in the building and at least one of them would be turned off so that riders experienced rocking motions and the other effects, but not the spinning.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

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Friday, May 5, 2006 12:04 PM
I think this is great. Why? Becuase it should up ridership! Even if there had been 0 accidents, Mission Space has always had piss poor ridership for a 100+ million dollar "E-ticket" attraction. The day I was most recent at Epcot was no different I'm told from any other day: Soarin: 90 minutes, Test track: 45 muntes, Mission Space: 5 minutes

People are scared, feel they are unable to ride, or don't want to ride a second time (I couldn't possibly ride more than once a day....my wife said I was "green", pale, and shakey when I got off). I imagine it's attendence and popularity will go WAY up.

Friday, May 5, 2006 12:49 PM
Add this to the fact that many have zero clue what the ride is and what the ride does...
Friday, May 5, 2006 6:08 PM
I submitted this news item after BoingBoing posted it yesterday. Their comment was that M:S has "already killed two people". I'm still grumbling about their ignorance, and the fact I could not post a comment in response.
Friday, May 5, 2006 11:40 PM
The Mole's avatar Peabody....Ridership? It's actually been very good, a combination of effective FP integration, along with a higher capacity ride and less break downs makes the lines shorter. It's still not pulling in Soarin' or TT crowds, but it holds it's own as a very popular ride.

I agree with everyone else, this is great news and hopefully will pull more people in.

*** This post was edited by The Mole 5/5/2006 11:41:20 PM ***


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