Epcot adds barf bags to Mission: Space

Posted Wednesday, December 17, 2003 10:31 AM | Contributed by redman822

Earlier this month, Epcot workers began putting motion-sickness bags in some Mission: Space capsules as a test. It will be several weeks before Disney decides whether to make the bags standard equipment on the ride. A spokesperson says motion sickness is rare, but that the bags would prevent downtime caused by clean-up.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 10:50 AM
Seems to me that the presence of "barf bags" would make people think that they might have a reason to be sick and cause even more barfing. That said, the ride didn't make me feel the least bit queasy.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 11:09 AM
So Dragon the ride isn't really at intense? I am heading down next summer I can't wait. How are the lines for it?
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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 11:26 AM
Sure made me feel queasy....both times. Then again, of the foursomes I rode with, I was the only one "feeling the effects" of the launch in that way...;)

It was fun, and interesting, and I don't think my reaction was that common based on the exiting riders I saw....but even one "protein spill" can be quite a PITA, so prevention IMO is way better than the alternative, LOL.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 11:33 AM
I've been curious about this ride. I don't know much about it and have wondered exactly what it does. Is it a motion simulator? I hope not. I hate those. Are there any links to find out more about it and pictures and stuff?
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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 11:58 AM
As usual, I'm going to point those interested to a Jim Hill Media Story

Very interesting read on Mission Space entitled "A Waste Of 'Space'"

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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 12:09 PM
I rode it this past August. I am not at all a spin-and-puke rider but I enjoyed the ride. Did get a little funny feeling in the stomach afterwards but no where near wanting to get sick. I did hear from my brother-in-law on the way out there was a woman bowing to a garbage can. If you keep your eyes on the screen and head still, no real problems.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 12:11 PM
Forgot to add that it is just a centrifuge with a video you watch. Once they close the capsule doors, you have no way to know when you are spinning or even if you are (unless your eyes wander and you will feel the spinning). It is a very quiet ride and is worth the ride.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 12:59 PM
I thought this was humorous since they mentioned it this morning on Bob and Tom. None of them seemed to think it was a great idea either.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 12:59 PM
lol nice article 'Lord Gonchar' :)

I agree, seems like it was a bad descision for the park, but of course much of it can be greatly exadurated...

-- Alan
*** This post was edited by SFDL_Dude 12/17/2003 1:01:00 PM ***

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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 1:08 PM
JHM looks very cool, how did I not see that site before today....thanks Lord G!

MS was supposed to outdo Spidey? "Something that could top the hi-tech fun found over at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventures' "The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman" attraction"....now THAT would be a ride worth $170M....MS is not that ride, LOL.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 1:39 PM
That Jim Hill guy sounds like one of those Disney freaks that need to get a life. By most accounts, the attraction has been a success, not a "crash and burn" as he puts it.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 1:48 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention that any typical Monster, Scrambler, or Tilt-a-Whirl can having me green in about 15 seconds.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 2:25 PM
I'm not a 'Disneyana' person by any stretch of the imagination. I don't even know why I ever stumbled onto the Jim Hill site. I don't know why I keep going back, but I do.

He usually has pretty good inside info and I tend to believe his writings more than most. His take on the Disney/Eisner feud has been downright captivating to me.

Sensationalized at times, yes, but if you're levelheaded enough to seperate the substance from the style I think it's a good site. At the very least it's an entertaining read.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 4:02 PM
I have read Jim Hill's site several times and his insight on Disney seems to be pretty agreeable and straight foward. Compared to Al Lutz and company and the apparent bitterness toward Disney in every article, Jim Hill is very informative to read....
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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 4:19 PM
As I pointed out in another discussion...

Yes, Mission: Space can cause some discomfort, and probably causes a few people to hurl. But I suspect that if Disney also operated a Zipper and a Super Round-Up, they probably wouldn't even notice the number of people who get sick on Mission:Space.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 7:49 PM
I didn't feel a bit queasy when I rode Mission: Space (I have never gotten sick on a ride) but I did feel a weird sensation during the launch portion. My eyes were moving back and forth rather quickly as if I could see the spinning going on when I couldn't' Everyone I rode with had that happen as well.

Anyone else?

Count me in as a fan of Mission: Space. I have to admit though. I didn't have high expectations for the attraction as there are only a few Disney rides I have been impressed by. Mission: Space blew all my expectations I had away.

-Sean

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Thursday, December 18, 2003 2:47 AM
I absolutely LOVE the attraction and I'm quite sure most people that ride it consider it one of the BEST rides ever created. Now having said that- people don't go to Disney for spin and pukes, not even huge, $100 million overthemed ones. Sorry, but even though the attraction looks amazing, and the theming/experience is definately Disney quality, the nature of the ride system seems a bit extreme for a Disney Park.
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Thursday, December 18, 2003 3:45 AM
Handing out Barfbags at a themepark attraction is a little bit like a gimmick in a William Castle movie production or a nurse at a coaster station. It "should" be considered real showmanship, but I guess that Disney is indeed serious about it.

I have not yet ridden MS and somehow don´t feel an urge to hop on a plane and endure US custom procedures to ride it (which is exactly what I did to ride Siderman). There are so many mixed reviews floating around (especially from european riders), who don´t seem to be too impressed by the experience.

Not being a "Disney-head", I am the first to admit that Disney rides never fail to amaze me, so I guess I would love MS too. But I guess that handing out barfbags in a family park will probably increase peoples perception of actually feeling sick, as if it is intended and part of the experience.

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Thursday, December 18, 2003 10:30 AM
RE: Jim Hill Story

The "Marky Moose" character whose words appear in quotes "speaks" in the exact same writing style as the article's author. It's ok to paraphrase someone in an article, but then one doesn't put the words in quotes.

This author seems like he has an axe to grind.

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