Mission: Space and The Mummy

Thursday, July 8, 2004 1:48 PM
Hey, I'm going to Epcot in mid-July, and I'm excited to ride Mission Space for the first time. I've read some reviews of the ride, but I want to hear experiences from people who have ridden it. Also, how long should I expect to wait in line? I will also be going to Universal to ride the Revenge of the Mummy. Has anyone ridden it? I'm curious to hear what it's like. Also, how bad are the lines? Thanks *** Edited 7/8/2004 5:50:40 PM UTC by OFFcoAst1***
Thursday, July 8, 2004 2:07 PM
Check out my trip report for a complete discription of the Mummy ride, I havent gotten to my Epcot report yet.

As for lines, your wait will be signifgantly reduced if you get a fastpass/Universal Express pass or if you are willing to be a single rider.

Thursday, July 8, 2004 2:14 PM
Great report, Thanks. I'm actually staying at the Royal Pacific resort, which has the Express pass, so I'm not very worried about the Mummy wait. However, I'm worried about Mission Space. A couple years ago I went to Epcot and had to wait like almost two hours just to ride that car ride, which sucks.
Thursday, July 8, 2004 3:19 PM
I think you'll really like RPR. It isn't the nicest hotel in Orlando or anything, but it's new, well kept, has a great pool area, and staying on-property as you said has its perks.
Thursday, July 8, 2004 3:45 PM
The lines for Mission Space were around an hour long when I was there back in March (spring break time). There also free fast pass (or whatever disney calls them) for this ride as well as test track (which sits right next to it).

Thursday, July 8, 2004 6:34 PM
Mission: Space is a capacity monster. According to a few of the cast members I chatted with back in May the capacity can push 2,000 people an hour when running at full capacity.

Be sure to watch where you're flying after you lift off. Upon reaching orbit the X2 flies northward over Ohio and right over Sandusky Bay. If you look closely you can see the Cedar Point pinnensula.

M:S is an absolutely amazing attraction. It's not the most thrilling thing I've ever ridden, but it is decently intense and captures the imagination.

Friday, July 9, 2004 10:31 AM
Wow...what to write about 2 of the 3 best rides in Orlando!

Mission Space is awesome! Just keep your head back and face forward. You need to let yourself believe what is happening on the screen and you won't get sick. After my first 10 rides, I can look around and stuff, but i get a little sick.

The Mummy is the best ride in Orlando. BUT Don't expect express passes all day. The rules have changed, and if you are going in peak season you can only ride each ride once before 3. After 3 it is unlimited rides with your hotel key. So bear that in mind. More info here:


RPR is amazing. I am headed there next Sunday. I've stayed at all 3 at Universal, and I think RPR is almost the best. I love it, and I love Portofino equally. Both have great things. Any other questions feel free to contact me. I go to Orlando twice a month!

John *** Edited 7/9/2004 2:31:51 PM UTC by Shoewee***

Friday, July 9, 2004 10:38 AM
Well, I just came back from Florida a couple of weeks ago and with this being my third trip within a year (my little brother works for Disney, so that´s an added bonus for me apart from all the attractions...) I guess I hae a pretty good idea about everything cool (and not that cool) in the Orlando area...

Though I know that there are probably quite a few people round here who won´t like what I´m saying about Mission: Space, I´ll just give U my very personal opinion, and as a little wannabe-Mickey himself my brother would probably be the first to kill me :-)

Well, with all the buzz Disney was doing about its "new" Epcot attraction, I was pretty excited when I first got to ride it on my visit to Orlando last fall.

Okay, it´s more than understandable that Disney was in desperate need for some new rides, given the fact that Epcot (which is supposed to show an image of the future, if I got that right) seems like a "Back to the 70s" exhibit nowadays and there are so many great rides that opened up closeby -in parks owned by competitors, that is.

And what did they build? A lame simulator ride with its main "power" of pressing you against your seat, wow, every better thrill ride at any smal country fair gives you the same experience. Well, maybe without the theming around it, but, hey, it´s really a mistery to me how much changed since Space Mountain, as far as the Disney-plastic typed "Spaceship" interior is concerned... Not much, apart from being not that run-down, well, could be because it´s newer :-) What really makes me sad is the way Disney tries to sell it and the amount of money they say was spent on it. I just can´t see where all that has gone, apart from the pretty neat bulding. But the so-called "attraction" itself? Hey, come on, it´s nothing than a large centrifuge -my chemistry class teacher used obe of these things back in Highschool and it´s nothing sensational about bulding a bigger one and let people sit inside.

Oh, and about what you actually feel: Weightlessness -no way, just raise your arm while riding and you´ll see that it will come down in no time. If you want to experience a short sensation of real weightlessness just go on any old-fashioned drop-tower around. It feels like really going on a trip to Mars? Well, I doubt that there´s anyone around who can really compare :-) And, just think about it, if astronauts need weeks of training for this highly strenuous task (as they tell you before you board your capsule), how could some Disney ride even come close, given the fact that almost any tourist that comes around is allowed on board? I´m not a big friend of any simulator type rides, but with the first one that REALLY works just a few miles north at IoA (oh, I just LOVE Spiderman)this "great new attraction" is just a shame for Disney.

As far as the Mummy goes, that´s a whole different story. I went on it just a few days before the official opening, so it still was on "technical rehearsals" and I´m not completely sure how things changed since then, especially the scarab scene didn´t even come close to what people tell about it now, so I guess it wasn´t really working back then. But overall it´s a really great and fun ride, especially given the fact that the rollercoaster part of it turned out to be so much better than I had originally expected with being REALLY dark during most parts of it. I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed about the scare-factor, I expected more there, because mummies in general are among my personal favourites in the "personal nightmare" category, if you understand what I mean :-) Also, though the animatronics you see are really great, there are just not enough of them around, but still, the theming is absolutely amazing, especially the whole queline is absolutely fantastic (that seems generally to be one of Universal´s best skills it seems to me).

Friday, July 9, 2004 10:49 AM
I've got vids of both rides if you wanna watch. Some are not perfect but they work.

BTW: The 3rd best ride is Tower of Terror 4! :)

Friday, July 9, 2004 12:22 PM
Thanks for the comments. It's a shame to hear about the express pass not being unlimited before 3... that kinda sucks.. but oh well. As tempted as I am to watch those videos, I don't want to spoil the surprise. Thanks.
Friday, July 9, 2004 12:39 PM
The single riders line *should* get you as many Mummy rides as you could POSSIBLY want...as far as M:S, I'm one who's MORE than content with one ride per trip to EPCOT...tender tummy, ya know...;)
Saturday, July 10, 2004 12:51 PM
I went to Mummy opening weekend the best way to beat lines even with express is to get there when then park opens and do the mad dash for the Mummy and ride a few times the express line got backed after an hour or so I went on the other rides.
Saturday, July 10, 2004 1:26 PM
When I was in Epcot during spring break, I managed to get to the park at 830 when the park opened. I had about a five minuute wait for M:S because we were the first ones in line. While I was on mission space my parents used there cards and got us fast passes for test track. So we just switched tickets with them and we had done the two most popular ridesin the park in about a half hour.
Sunday, July 11, 2004 7:02 PM
I was at WDW and Universal mid-May. Get to Epcot as soon as it opens and head to Mission Space. I would not wait more than a half an hour to ride this one -- only to say you've ridden it. The simulator pictures are great, but on the whole, ride is nothing special. Ride Test Track instead -- use the single rider line.
Revenge of Mummy, same thing -- if you have early access from your hotel, head there first and get a locker. We weren't allowed to carry anything on the ride with us. This ride is definitely worth it! You will need to go on it more than once to be able to see everything!
Sunday, July 11, 2004 7:19 PM
First off, both rides are UNBELIEVIBLE! I just got back from Orlando last week. The Mummy line was about an hour long ALL day. Just get an express upon entering and ride the ride directly after.

Mission Space is a different story. Get a fastpass right when you get to the ride and then wait in the line to ride. The wait I experienced was only about 10 or 15 minutes, ALL day.

Single riders on both rides move faster, but on Mummy, still expect a 20 to 30 minute wait. Have a great time, both rides are great.

Monday, July 12, 2004 7:44 PM
CORRECTION: Here is how the new Universal Express system works. You can use your room key card once per ride before 3pm, after that you can only only use it ONCE more.
Tuesday, July 13, 2004 11:16 AM
Space sucks people up like nobody's business, that and people get scared of the ride. Even when only half the ride was working, I only waited about 30 minutes.
Tuesday, July 13, 2004 5:28 PM

RyanCoaster said:
CORRECTION: Here is how the new Universal Express system works. You can use your room key card once per ride before 3pm, after that you can only only use it ONCE more.

That is only on the weekends. During the week I am quite sure you can still use your room key card once per ride after 4pm, not 3pm.


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