Mission: SPACE, Orlando

3.4
#58 of 158 in Fun & Games in Orlando
Mission: Space is meant to simulate astronaut training for the first manned mission to Mars aboard the fictional X-2 Deep Space Shuttle in 2036, right after the seventy-fifth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human to enter space. (The year 2036 can be deduced from plaques in the attraction's queue celebrating 75 years of human spaceflight, including two faux milestones in the future.) Riders are "trainees" at the fictional International Space Training Center (ISTC), where they are arranged into crews of four before watching an introductory video featuring actor Gary Sinise, who starred in the space drama, Apollo 13 and Mission to Mars.

Before boarding the simulators, each rider is assigned an on-board role (navigator, pilot, commander or engineer) and given two tasks to perform during the mission (pressing a specific button when told). For example, one of the commander's buttons initiates the rocket's first-stage separation, and the other activates manual flight control. The spacecraft's on-board self-automated pilot will perform each task if the rider does not respond to his or her prompt from Mission Control or if there is no one to perform the task. Also featured are various labeled buttons and switches which the rider may play with but do nothing; they are only there to add to the realism aspect of the ride.

The mission includes liftoff from the ISTC, a slingshot around the moon for a gravity-assisted boost, a brief period of simulated hypersleep (to pass the lengthy time required to reach Mars) and a descent for landing on the Martian surface. As a training exercise, the mission contains several unexpected situations that add to the drama.

The futuristic X-2 vehicle is a three-stage rocket which is said to use several technologies in development today, including aerospike engines, solid hydrogen fuel, an aerobrake and carbon nanotubes.

The attraction queue contains several items and commemorative plaques from past, present and fictional future space missions. Among the items on display are props from the 2000 film Mission to Mars, including the rotating "gravity wheel" from the predecessor X-1 spacecraft, a model of which hangs from the ceiling, and a replica of a NASA moon rover from the Apollo program.

Upon conclusion of the training exercise, guests are invited to participate in activities at the Advanced Training Lab, a post-show area containing a group game called Mission: Space Race in which players perform tasks as Mission Control technicians aiding two X-2 spacecraft racing to return to Earth; a space-themed play area for toddlers; a single-person, arcade-style game in which an astronaut explores Mars on foot; and a kiosk where brief video postcards can be created and sent via e-mail.
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  • I was nervous about this ride. It has so many warnings. So much hype! And it was the very first ride we took in Disney world. The whole orange versus green thing was disconcerting. But I needn't have ...  more »
  • GreatRide! I thought I was an astronaut! Best RIDE EVER! You need a Coke afterwards but a great ride!  more »
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  • Loved this ride. Was ready to get back on as soon as I got off. Warnings were a bit scary but the ride itself was fabulous. Definitely could feel the ride pushing you down and against your seat and at one point your cheeks are pushed against your ears but if you don’t get motion sickness, this ride is for you.
  • It caused me to get a head ache, stomach ache, and I was so delirious I made someone carry me... I suggest those who are motion sick avoid this ride... I didn't really feel like the ride was fun, especially with all the pain it caused. Not to scare anyone but I did hit my head on something in the the little container we were in. Tho it was fun and overall the ride would be better to those who is not affected by these types of rides... Be concerned about bringing your child in the orange side... It can be a fun but my head still hurts and it's been 24 hours since I rode the ride. I love Mission: Space but perhaps a few thing should be tweaked so the ride is a smoother pain free ride, or atleast less pain involved. We want to enjoy our experience not going home in a grumpy mood. Thank You for listening I don't want the ride to shut down but I think some tweaks need to be involved. I love Disney 🤗

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