- Preview ride sessions: Open 7 days a week now starting at 1 pm instead of 4 pm. May have down times as adjustments are made. All four centrifuges are now open.
- Special preview and Annual Passholder event: August 1-3 for those with a WDW Annual Passport
- Pre-Launch Date: Disney announced at the end of July that starting August 10th Mission: SPACE will give Guests previews of this ride all throughout Epcot's operating hours.
- Launch Date: The official soft opening is August 15 and is being called Mission: SPACE's "Launch Date" by Disney. This is the first time Disney has announced an official soft opening date for any attraction
- Official Grand Opening: October 9
For the special preview and Annual Passholder event Aug. 1-3, all you'll need to do is show your AP to get in (the invitation form will not be needed to go on the attraction).
Disney's official Mission: SPACE website
The next Walt Disney World Resort attraction will go where no thrill ride has gone before -- deep space. Epcot's newest attraction, Mission: SPACE, to be presented by Compaq Computer Corporation, will lift off 2003.
Offering guests a one-of-a-kind "astronaut-like" experience, Mission: SPACE will launch guests into a simulated space adventure -- from pulse-racing lift-off to weightlessness in outer space.
In association with former NASA advisors, astronauts and scientists, Walt Disney Imagineering created Mission: SPACE with new technologies, making it the first ride system ever created to take guests straight up in simulated flight. Set decades into the future, guests are transported in time and place to an International Space Training Center where they will encounter simulated challenges faced by real astronauts.
Plans for Mission: SPACE were aboard NASA's International Space Station shuttle flight, with the launch of Atlantis in 2000.
"The combination of Disney magic and Compaq technology will create a truly one-of-a-kind guest experience," said Al Weiss, president of Walt Disney World Resort. "Epcot is the perfect setting, continuing the park's dedication to the explorer in all of us with its unique attractions that inspire us to discover new worlds."
"Computers are vital in developing space programs today and well into the future," said Michael Capellas, CEO of Compaq Computer Corporation. "With some of the most advanced technology ever produced, Mission: SPACE will provide guests with a rare glimpse into a world where the possibilities for computers and space flight are endless."
With a career in the NASA space program that spanned more than 30 years, six-time NASA shuttle astronaut Story Musgrave is an ongoing consultant to Disney's Mission: SPACE project. Musgrave calls the new attraction, "a place where guests can imagine our future in space and their role in it, walking in the footsteps of heroes and building on the wealth of technology we've developed to date."
Mission: SPACE will be in a new Epcot Future World facility next to the Test Track attraction.
Compaq is a major provider of servers, PCs and services to The Walt Disney Company and its Internet initiatives. Mission: SPACE represents a broadening of the relationship between Compaq and The Walt Disney Company.