Disney’s Mission: SPACE – Which Color’s for You?

IMG_0969Way back in 2005, I rode Mission: SPACE in Epcot.  It was, to me, the Disney equivalent of a double-dog dare.  I had to do it.  I had to prove to myself and The Fam that I had the right stuff, so to speak.  No backing down, no backing out – I stood in line, reading the dire and serious health warnings, and reminded myself that I was one tough cookie who had never, in her adult life, tossed a single cookie due to motion sickness.  There was only one version of the ride (now called Orange) and I was getting in that cockpit and performing my crew-member duties perfectly, regardless of any challenges I faced as we blasted off to Mars.

Mission SPACE

Photo Credit: Christina Lawrence

Front of the line.  The time came for The Fam and I to take our seats – the four of us became a crew of astronauts (pilot, navigator, commander, and engineer).  There was no way to ignore how small a space we were climbing into – four seats, side-by-side, facing control panels, seats separated by partitions.  I knew what not to do – I would heed the warnings.  Do NOT move your head.  Do not look to the side. Do not close your eyes.  Stare straight ahead at the control panel’s screen and wait for your turn to perform your duties.  I’m not going to lie – I was scared!  I remember chanting in my head – do not move, do not look away, do not move, do not look away.  The g-force was strong enough that I had a hard time reaching out to the control panel to do whatever it was I was responsible for, but I did it.

The ride ended and we crawled out of our vehicle.  Megan and Joseph were pretty stoked!  They were feeling proud and I heard them discuss riding Mission: SPACE again.  Raymond turned and looked at me – at the exact same time we both said, “I’m good.”  As in good for life – never need to ride it again.  We proved we were tough enough to ride Mission: SPACE and emerge unscathed, but Raymond and I each felt we had taken a terrible risk – what if?  What if we had gotten sick?  At the least – what if we’d gotten queasy and felt horrible for the rest of the day?  That would have been tragic!  To be at our most favorite vacation place in the whole wide world and waste even part of a day with self-imposed nausea!

I don’t care if you are passionate about Rock’n’ Roller Coaster, The Mad Tea Party, or the IMG_2338Primeval Whirl – Mission: SPACE Orange is fraught with PERIL, I tell you – BEWARE!  Seriously, people, ride at your own risk.  There are extremely valid reasons this ride comes with a dozen posted health warnings and a handy barf bag when you find your seat (nope, not kidding).  If you have even the slightest case of claustrophobia, you’ll be miserable even before the chance of illness and health issues strikes.

Here’s the deal:  This ride is an excellent example of a simulated rocket launch – actual NASA scientists and astronauts were involved in creating Mission: SPACE.  It’s good.  It’s very realistic.  To achieve that perfect reproduction of how it feels to blast off into space, your ride vehicle must create g-force by spinning in a giant circle – imagine you are attached to the outside of a wheel as it spins.  Add other simulator effects that bounce you around – bouncing, spinning, very tiny space – you get the idea.  Green, the milder version of the ride, is reportedly very realistic without the spinning.  Choose wisely, my friends.

There’s a great article here at Touring Plans.com with tips for mitigating the risks of riding Mission: SPACE Orange.

So?  Which color’s for you?

5 thoughts on “Disney’s Mission: SPACE – Which Color’s for You?

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  2. I actually love the orange side. I’ve done both, but only a couple of times – the first time we went, I was pregnant, so my husband went on his own. The next time I was there, 2 1/2 years later, I finally got to try it with a fellow daredevil friend. We LOVED it. Later that evening we went on Green, and.. it was just such a letdown in comparison.

    However, I won’t recommend it for anyone if I’m not sure how they handle rides like that. There’s no denying it’s incredibly intense. When the whole family went a couple of years later, we met up with the same daredevil friend, and then split up for a bit as I took my then-18 month son to get FPs for Soarin’, and the others, including my almost 5-year-old daughter, went on Test Track. When I caught up with them, they were already finished on TT, and my friend was taking my daughter onto Mission:Space. On the ORANGE side. I have never run so fast in my life to catch somebody before they go through an entrance. XD She made the height requirements, and she LOVES thrill rides, so she was more than happy and nobody but me realized how likely it was that, at her age, she’d just end up sick!

    She did love the Green side. XD

    • I’m glad you are among the fans of Orange (and there are many!). I just don’t want to take any chances with my vacation like that…we are the biggest thrill ride junkies too, but the investment makes us cautious on that one ride, I guess.

  3. I’m claustrophobic, and thus will never experience Mission Space. But I’m constantly confusing the name with Spaceship Earth, which my kids think is hysterical. 🙂

    • If I’m duplicating my comment, Heather, I’m sorry! I wrote one earlier but now can’t see it now so I’m replying to your comment again. You aren’t missing anything by not riding! Ride Soarin’ twice instead! Oh, and I mix up Spaceship Earth and Mission: SPACE too! Just “spacey” I guess! LOL!

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