Make you dream of becoming an astronaut a reality at Mission: SPACE Attraction located in the Future World at Epcot. Blast off for a simulation of astronaut training for the first manned mission to Mars. Before you board your shuttle, CapCom, played by actor Gary Sinise briefs you as you prepare for your mission to Mars on the X-2 Deep Space Shuttle at the International Space Training Center (ISTC).
Every trainee in your 4-cadet crew will assume an important role: Navigator, Pilot, Commander or Engineer and each cadet will be instructed to initiate a mission-critical sequences. For example, one of the commander’s buttons initiates the rocket’s first-stage separation, and the other activates manual flight control. So what happens if one your crew doesn’t perform his or her task? Not to worry, there is a self automated pilot that will perform the task if the rider doesn’t.
Once the crew has been prepped for their mission, it is time to board the vessel, lower the harness and blast off with incredible force into space. Feel the exhilarating sensation of sling-shoting around the moon for that extra gravity-assisted boot, experience a brief period of hypersleep during the journey to Mars and hold on tight as you descend into a landing on the Mars’ red alien surface. Of course, during your training experience, you can expect some unexpected situations just to add to the fun and the drama.
Cadets on a mission to Mars have the option to choose between two levels of training, the Green Team or the Orange Team. The Orange Team experience uses a centrifuge that spins and tilts to simulate speed and G-forces during launch and re-entry. The Green Team experience is a motion simulator ride that does not spin and is less likely to cause motion sickness.
Guests with any heath considerations are advised against riding the Orange Team or the ride entirely. Mission: SPACE Attraction is a very intense ride, especially for those who choose the Orange Team. Disney does give plenty of warnings for those who have health considerations and even offers “sick bags” for those guest who can’t handle the intensity of the ride. If you are prone to motion sickness, have any neck or back issues, or any heart issues, it is strongly recommended that you either choose the Green Team with the less intense experience or skip the ride all together.
Those who wish to skip the ride entirely can wait for their party at the Mission: SPACE Advanced Training Lab. The Mission: SPACE Advanced Training Lab offers interactive space-themed gaming and play area for those who have just returned to Earth.
Mission: SPACE Race – It’s astronauts versus ground control in a race to see who can send their rocket from Mars to Earth first. Up to 56 cadets can play at once.
Space Base – Junior space explorers will be inspired to reach for the stars and crawl into wormholes on this fun interactive playground.
Postcards from Space – Create and e-mail a video postcard—starring you—to anyone in the universe you please.