Mission: Space preview!

Monday, June 16, 2003 5:24 PM
Last Thursday, June 12th, Epcot in Orlando had a special sneak peek for the public on their newest ride, Mission: Space.

I dont know if you all know a lot about the ride, but in my opinionMission space is the best flat ride or simulator ever built on this planet.

The park opened the ride for a special sneak peek to the public before the scheduled grand opening in August. We had to wait 2 hours to get on the ride and when we finally got on, it broke down. So after watching the "pre-launch video" 4 times, we finally got to board the ride.

This ride is like none other on the planet, take Rock 'n Rollercoaster, multiply the force by 10 and time by 5 minutes, and that pretty much sums up the ride. It's getting late, so I'll talk more a little later.

Has anyone else taken a ride on this beast?!

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Monday, June 16, 2003 5:47 PM
You gotta give more than a tease, man... details please!

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Monday, June 16, 2003 6:20 PM
I did. I second what he said, its easily the best attraction in Orlando.

Here is what the beginning is... You face the sky... countdown starts... when you take off, you get plastered to your seat by 3 G's... for at least 15 seconds! Then, you fly over Florida, eventually going into space... where you feel weightlessness. After that? Well... surprise!

As a flat ride, its the best I have been on. All the G and sensations, none of the spinning after effects (you dont really feel like you are spinning, if you can believe this!). As a simulator, its what all simulators should be.

One last thing... capacity. As of now, Its looks like they have 2... simulations facility (with 10 modules of 4 on each) out of 4 working and the line still goes smoothly when both of them are running. Looks like its will be a capacity monster! For those lookin for re rides, well, single riders line (greatest invention in line management, lol) is integrated .

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 9:02 AM
Screamscape also has a mini-review, complete with pictures, as does MousePlanet.

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*** This post was edited by Brian Noble 6/17/2003 1:04:47 PM ***

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 9:45 AM
For a frame of reference, I'd be interested in knowing what each of you previously considered the best attraction in Orlando. That'd give me a better idea of your taste, and then I can decide to be excited or not.

For me, I don't really expect for Mission: Space to have the same effect that Splash Mountain does.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 11:53 AM
My previous best would have been either Dueling Dragons (fire), spiderman, or Rock n Rollercoaster

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Do you bleed Blue?

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 12:13 PM
I also had a chance to ride Mission: SPACE last week, once on Wednesday and once on Thursday and it is, in a word, AWESOME!! I won't go as far to say that it is the best ride in Orlando, or even the best ride at WDW, but it is still a great ride. IMO, it's not as thrilling as Tower of Terror or as amazing as Spider-Man (excuse the pun), but it is probably the most intense attraction in Orlando!! The closest thing I can compare the launch to is imagine the launch of Dr. Doom, but this time you're facing straight up and it lasts for 15+ seconds! Got that? Now multiply it by 10! It is without a doubt the best "simulator" attraction anywhere and it will be an extremely popular attraction for many years to go. I for one, cannot wait until August!!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 12:44 PM
Did I say best in Orlando? sorry, didn't mean that I guess. Definately the best simulator in Orlando/ the US for all I care. I still like the DDs (fire) a little better.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 3:04 PM
My friend Justin gave these *SPOILERS* for the new ride:

"The experience just cannot be explained, it is no more than the word refrence as amazing.

As you start off from the que, you walk into a room while seeing some of the futuristic stuff tooken in place of the ride. You see space devices, some flags on the wall, tv sets, and other theming thats equivelent to making up the storyline.

As you descend from that room you enter another one which leads you down through a hallway of posters of famous space cadets, such as Neil Armstrong, and presidents in these lead, John F. Kennedy, and some futuristic made up ones (as the attraction to take over in the year 2015).

The roll then you walk into a pre~show room,
and you are then hosted on what to do in the ISTC, its a technical space training program.
they explain to you then, there, your mission and whats going on.

After that they then once again descend you through another hallway, the entrance there is similiar to Dr. Doom, they divide you up to groups of four and you go either right or left (these patterns are tooken up from the centrifuges on the right and left side, I will get into more detail into that below).

After that you enter another small room where the guy from the first preshow explains to you there again what to do, you hear the ride end and the door open.

Now this was an interesting thought going through my head while i entered this room; While much Disney rides have hidden their engineering, this one did become very clear, and as others say it was weird to look around and become interested on what might happen to you on this ride.

Once all buckeled in and safteyed up. The tv appears infront of you. (the ride is much aquivilent to a giant centrifuge, the ride then has 10pods on each centrifuge with 4riders in each pod, for a total of 40riders per centrifuge, however, there is also another centrifuge as you remember and both run the sequences at the same time, therefore a total number of 80riders per turn).

You are then tilted on your back or as it seems. There is no clear conscience of what you see out side, no windows, nothing, you are tottally enclosed like a simulator, there is a small screen infront of you and a large screen that goes beyond everyone to see in. (there is an interactive control pannel infront of you that has some buttons to mess around with which what I found very fun!, but from all 3ride experiences I learned that no matter what you do the ride will always be the same, so the interactive part is "made up or fake" shhh the GP wont know that though) as you are tilted backwards,
you hear the engines roar and the spaceship start to count, t-30...29... etc...

While this appears to go on when it reaches 0, you feel a sudden birst of acceleration, which is quite amazing, similiar to a launch coaster like XLC, or any thrust air. You then begin to feel very heavy on the takeoff and it takes a good minute or so to engage into space.

The most amazing thing was that once you enter space, you are no longer feeling the real g-forces that push against you but you are COMPLETELY WEIGHTLESS.

And I mean so out of your seat and floating in mid~air, this feeling is also again amazing, but can not be descripted. (I'm still trying to find out how do that too) after a while they maintain that you will be put into a hypersleep.

And once you awaken, you find yourself hidden right into the shields of a asteroid belt, you begin start doing some manuvers and getting thrown around, this was also very fun, but made me somewhat neaseated, as it was being like riding X the whole time but completely weightless.
(This feeling was once again un~describable!)

After that things seem to calm down and you are no longer in a "dillemma",
after that the ride is over and calm, you land your spacecraft into the red planet known as Mars. and yes they tell you to hit all these buttons and stuff.

After that you begin to start to feel VERY HEAVY! and notice that however the magic disney trick of feeling weighless is gone. This feeling was something you really didn't want to cheerish!

Thats pretty much Mission: Space, some of the minor details I may have left out but youll know as soon as you experience it! I hope you enjoyed and hope that I could be of some help!"

-Danny
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*** This post was edited by Koaster King 6/17/2003 7:06:52 PM ***

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 9:59 PM
How does this ride actually work? I mean, is it a launched type ride sorta like Dr. Doom? Only enclosed so you can't see anything? How do they get those kinds of g's, and then make you feel weightless? I'm really curious.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 10:07 PM
Mission: Space uses centrifuges developed by an aerospace firm. There are, if I recall, 10 pods per centrifuge, with four centrifuges in the building. Each pod holds four riders.

The forces experienced by riders are created by spinning the centrifuge (for positive g's) or decelerating it (for negative).

(edit: I should've read before I posted, as should've you ;) )


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What do I Listen-To?
*** This post was edited by Chernabog 6/18/2003 2:20:16 AM ***

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Tuesday, June 24, 2003 1:17 AM
Excellent Chernabog. Thank you. Do the people actually FEEL as though they are spinning? I cannot take spinning rides, but if you do not know that you are spinning in it I should be okay then.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2003 9:26 AM
Everything I've read suggests that if you follow the posted instructions and look straight ahead at your "window" throughout the ride, resisting the temptation to see what your friends are up to, you can't tell you're spinning at all. If you look away, you get really dizzy really quickly.

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--Maddie--
What do I Listen-To?

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003 4:38 AM
Are the only restraints seatbelts?
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Wednesday, June 25, 2003 9:11 AM
...over the shoulder harnesses...

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--Maddie--
What do I Listen-To?

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Wednesday, June 25, 2003 5:55 PM
i can't wait to ride this thing! I'm a total astro head so i'll love it!

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