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You may remember my giving the original ''STILL TOO INTENSE'' version of Mission: Space a 1 which caused a bloodbath of criticism and flame wars, and I still stick by that original review. But I went back to Epcot this year and rode the ''less-intense'' version. I can proudly say that Mission: Space has redeemed itself in my book! This was a more exciting ride and didn't feel like actual astronaut training. I highly recommend the Green ''less-intense'' version of Space. If you still like that ''squishing your brains out of your skull'' feeling of the original Orange ''more-intense'' version, more power to you. I am sticking with Green! 4 out of 5!
Did you ever dream or imagine what it would be like to be an astronaut, soaring through the abyss that we know of as space and the sensations astronauts endure? Realistically almost none of us will be fortunate enough to experience the real thing, but I bet one would be hard-pressed to experience a better simulation of space travel than Epcot’s revolutionary and incredible Mission: SPACE. Just the unique ride experience Green provides makes this a fairly memorable experience and one of the best attractions at Epcot by far.
Astronauts begin their space travel by entering the very well themed, iconic Space Pavilion where Horizons once stood. Once inside the space themed queue, riders are bombared with safety warnings, especially of the orange side due to many unfortunate deaths and hospitalizations that it has caused since opening in ’03. But those safety warnings aside, Disney did a great job as usual theming the queue to a space training facility, highlighted by massive “gravity wheel.” Eventually astronauts are sent for mission briefing.
Personally, I really dislike the pre-show on this attraction since it just had a far more serious tone (which is expected due to the ride’s theme) than the more playful and comical tones of other Disney pre-shows. It’s especially annoying after seeing it 8 or so times after many re-rides. Eventually though riders board their 4 person capsule and are assigned one of four positions: navigator, pilot, commander, or engineer- each with a series of buttons that perform various actions related to their position (though in all actuality the on-board-self automated pilot will automatically initiate them if they are not pressed). One seated, the countdown begins: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…
Blast Off! Let me start off by saying that Green really can’t be compared with the far more intense Orange side since this side has intentionally had almost all Gs removed to allow for a less intense experience for the more casual riders. Therefore my enjoyment of this side was significantly less than Orange. Anyway, moving past the absence of forces, I absolutely that all of the simulated motions during the landing are flawlessly coordinated with the film and the computer generated imagery on the screens are excellent and certainly some of the best I’ve seen. Not only is the ride very fun, but it’s also pretty long (around 4 minutes or so).
Along with the omission of forces, there are two other flaws that hamper the ride. First and foremost, while the plot of a mission to Mars certainly is straightforward, I honestly believe that Disney could have thought up a better solution to condense the ride time than “hyper sleep.” But my primary gripe with the attraction is the lack of interactivity. As I mentioned earlier, the ride automatically initiates the commands if they are not performed, leading to an identical ride experience each time. Honestly the ride could have been so much more enjoyable and unique if not pressing the buttons or not steering well enough during the landing had various consequences and offered different ride experiences.
Despite its flaws, Mission: SPACE Green is a pretty fun experience nonetheless, but it’s just simply not nearly as good and intense as Orange due to the lack of forces. The interactivity issue is another problem I have with this attraction that also hampers the Orange side as well. Still, the Green side is one of Epcot’s better attractions, though I probably would never give it a re-ride since the Orange side is just that much better for me, but those who prefer less intense rides and are prone to motion sickness would definitely want to choose Green over Orange. Space travel has become a reality for astronauts at Epcot thanks to this unbelievable simulator.
Though not as good as the orange side, this still was a great ride. The theming was top notch on this one as well and the film was great and interesting as well thanks to the interactive elements. However, this one lacks the intensity that the orange side has and therefore not as good in my opinion. Mission Space was pretty long though.
I think this is a major breakthshrough that Disney should have been doing long times ago. Let the non-thrill-rider guests to experience the shows scenes and some special effects of the thrill ride that they wont miss out on anything if they are too afarid to go on it. I believe even without the gravatiy-pulled sensation, this ride is still an amazing experience by its sleek props, sound and viusal effects. I think it is a completely new concept of designing a park. In the past when you try to appeal to the guests of all ages, you build different attractions to draw different group of people. Now the new appoarch could be making the same ride with 2 different experience that trageted on both thrill ride seekers and non-thrill ride seekers. Maybe people tend to think the best ride design should the same version of ride that appeals to peopele of all ages. That is ture, but I found it harder and harder to do. Right now very few attractions to do that except for the spiderman which is why it is the number one theme park attraction in the world. Even splash mountain or Indiana Jones is too intense for lots and lots of people who love Disney so much but in my perspective they are all missing the best experience that Disney could offer. Overall I think with the addition of this tamer verison, Mission Space will be a solid winner instead a controversial flop.(considered how much Disney has put into)
I was told this is the wimp version of Mission Space but its actually not that bad. I am just wondering whats ganna be next? Tower of Wimp: The tower which wont drop you?
For those that dont know, Green Team is the new version of Mission: SPACE that does not have any spinning of the centrifuge. The ride profile has been updated with more movement of the capsules to simulate g-forces without the spinning. The result is a pretty good facsimile of the real deal, which is now called the Orange Team version. While this version of the ride is a lot less intense, if not intense at all, it is still a fun ride. I went on it with my friend who would never have been able to ride the Orange Team version due to motion sickness problems. She was thrilled with the Green version, and was wondering how they simulated takeoff if the ride wasnt spinning. So, it seems they have succeeded in what they set out to do here. The ride does make you feel like you are taking off, and during the ride you are treated to some slightly different sensations than the original ride. The ride video is exactly the same on both versions, which I think is a great video to begin with. All of the people getting off the ride seemed happy with this version, and I heard some say they wanted to try the more intense version...which could cause a problem with some not realizing just how intense that version is. While I loved riding the original version last year, the after effect was not one that I cared to experience again. I felt a bit disoriented for a few hours. With this version, I know at least I can experience the ride if I am not up for the Orange version. Thrill seekers will probably not be overjoyed with this new incarnation, but at least now everyone should be able to enjoy this attraction which was quickly becoming the most notorious ride at Walt Disney World. Mission: Accomplished.
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