Starting August 13th, Epcot will relaunch Mission: SPACE with a brand new experience and an enhanced version of the “classic” attraction.
- If you think you’ve got “the right stuff,” take on the Orange Mission for a truly intense experience that lets you feel the force of an actual space launch en route to Mars. On this mission, you’ll dodge meteoroids, slingshot around the moon and attempt a precision landing on the Red Planet’s alien surface. This “mission” has been enhanced with new, HD video to make it even clearer – I can’t imagine!
- Or, embark on the more family-friendly Green Mission – a new mission that takes you on an exciting orbit around Earth. On this amazing new adventure, you’ll take in sites like the Hawaiian Islands, Italy’s “boot” and the Northern Lights—as seen from space, of course—before finally landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. No matter which mission you choose, it’ll be a journey that’s totally out of this world.
In addition to all the “mission” updates, Walt Disney Imagineering have also made this attraction MORE family-friendly. Younger astronauts can now ride – the height restriction will be changed for the Green Mission side with the addition of new X-2 booster seats allowing children 40-44” to ride.
When Mission: SPACE returns from its lengthy refurbishment later this summer, the rumor is that the missions will no longer be designated at “Green” and “Orange.”
There have been reports that the more intense orange mission will be renamed “Mars” while the less intense family-friendly version will be renamed “Earth.”
It was announced at D23 Expo 2017 recently that a brand new Green mission was coming. According to Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald, it would be like “Soarin’ around the Earth.”
Mission: SPACE is scheduled to re-open in August.
Mission: SPACE at Epcot has been a must-do for guests since it opened in 2003, allowing space adventurers to become navigators, pilots, commanders or engineers on a thrilling trip to Mars.
And as it was announced at the D23 Expo, in just a few weeks, guests will be able to enjoy new adventures at Mission: SPACE – an updated Orange Mission and a brand-new Green Mission. (Orange is the more intense training experience, while Green is less intense).
The updated Orange Mission will make an even more visually stunning trip to Mars, while the all-new Green adventure will allow guests to blast off for an orbital adventure around planet Earth.
Walt Disney World has increased the capacity of the more intense Orange Team ride at Epcot’s Mission: SPACE.
The Orange Team is now using three of the four ride bays, with the Green Team using just one of the ride bays.
The space flight simulator ride, which opened in 2003, added a less intense option in 2006 amid concerns that the ride was too thrilling for many of the parks guests. Prior to the reconfiguration, two ride bays were configured for the intense Orange Team, and two ride bays were configured for the non-spinning Green Team version.