• Mission: Space

Mission: Space

Luiz Alberto H.

Created: Mar 26, 2024

Last Updated: Apr 25, 2024

Mission: Space
  • Year: 2003
  • Type: Thrill Ride
  • Single rider line: No
  • Minimum Height: 40″
  • Ride Duration: 5min
  • Very original
  • Very intense
  • ...maybe too intense

This is the most intense ride in Walt Disney World. Nope, I'm not kidding.

Mission Space isn’t the easiest ride to give a rating, mostly because it comes in two different styles with two different queues. You can choose either the more intense Orange Mission or the less intense and more chill Green Mission. The difference? The Orange Mission uses multiple-arm centrifuges to spin your capsule, mimicking the experience of astronauts embarking on a critical mission into the unknown. In contrast, the Green Mission doesn’t spin, resembling a traditional simulator that avoids causing motion sickness. So, yeah, you now know that Mission: Space is a motion simulator, but it's unlike anything you find out there.

Let's talk about Orange Mission first.

So, how intense is it? I will say it’s… more than what you are expecting, probably. Many people say that the g-forces in Mission: Space Orange Mission are way stronger than any roller coaster they’ve been to, at least in Florida. I’d have to agree. Maybe the only g-force that gets closer to it is the first drop in Sea World’s Manta, but nothing else comes close. Orange Mission is hardcore, I won’t lie. If you are prone to motion sickness, you should probably try the Green Mission. There are paper bags inside each capsule for a reason.

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The intriguing part is that you don't even realize you're spinning around. Guests enter a small capsule, and each of the four passengers is assigned a specific job, from pilot to engineer. While these roles don't significantly impact the experience, you get to push some buttons when prompted, and then some visual effects may occur during the ride. However, before all this happens, you sit in a very compact vehicle that is completely enclosed. As a result, individuals who are claustrophobic should probably avoid this ride.

Once you sit down, your "rocket" is ready to launch. A countdown initiates and, when it reaches zero, you will feel the pressure all over your head. As I said, you don't feel that you are spinning at all, but you do feel the g-forces working. It's intriguing and a very different sensation, honestly. You then reach outter space and there are a few more setpieces before you land on Mars. Yes, there are also more sections where you are spinning around and can feel the g-forces, but I think the launch is by far the most intense part of the whole ride.

Don't let me scare you, most people love the hardcore version, especially kids. Kids usually get out of the orange version laughing and wanting to go again, while adults just... force a smile and nod. Weird. You can always try the Green version. The green version is great for young kids, since it's just the motion simulator without the spinning/g-forces. Are there better motion simulators out there? Absolutely. The cool thing about Mission: Space is the g-force, so going to the Green Version makes no sense, unless you want to bring your young kids there.

Will Kids enjoy it?

I believe they will, especially when discussing the Orange Mission. Kids typically don't feel the g-forces as much as adults do. Yeah, getting old can be tough. Additionally, it's not a scary ride since you're enclosed and unable to see anything outside, and you're unaware that you're spinning around. However, if your child is afraid of enclosed spaces or is claustrophobic, it's best to avoid this ride.

You can always bring your young children to Mission: Space Green mission. It's not as thrilling as the Orange side, but it's still cool to enter your own personal rocket and traverse to space. You won't be spinning around, so no worries about getting a headache. You will still, however, be in a very compact and enclosed vehicle, which can make some kids really anxious and maybe scared.

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