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Posted: Mar. 11, 2002 10:44 am/pm Quote



Mission: SPACE
  • 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.

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Posted: Mar. 20, 2002 12:08 am/pm Quote

This is SO wonderful! I have been waiting for a new ride that delt with this topic. This should be fun.:shocked:

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Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEARS!
It's gonna be a blast! Blast off, that is! Huh-ha!

Is Epcot's Mission: Space construction on schedule?
Find out if Epcot's next blockbuster attraction, Mission: Space, is on schedule for its 2003 opening.
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Posted: May 27, 2002 12:11 am/pm Quote

Is Epcot's Mission: Space construction on schedule?

Pretty much. The countdown sign was removed because guests had calculated the opening date and were booking hotel rooms, asking for guarantees the attraction would be open on schedule!

After Test Track, Disney isn't making <strong>any</strong> promises about when or if a new attraction will open.

False alarm, fortunately.


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Posted: Jan. 25, 2003 1:46 am/pm Quote

Is there a date for the official opening? We are going to WDW the end of February. No chance, huh?:(

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Posted: Jan. 25, 2003 5:54 am/pm Quote

Yep, originally they said Spring 2003, but I have read on a couple sites its looking like Summer if not fall.  Seems just like Test Track... hopefully it won't be delayed as much as TT was.


In the Walt Disney World pictorial update section of my site I have some shots of the exterior, showing the entrance, exit, and extended queue, as well as the front of the building.


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Posted: Feb. 18, 2003 9:50 am/pm Quote

WDWMagic.com has two Mission: Space things for you to check out.

First, take a look at interior photos of the Mission: Space capsules (ride vehicles).

Then read Local6.com's update which talks about WDWMagic.com's photos.


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Mission: SPACE at Epcot Set to Send Guests Out of This World

Launch Date Preview is Aug. 15, 2003

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The excitement, the thrill and the rush of rocketing into outer space is coming soon to Walt Disney World Resort.

Mission: SPACE -- the next awesome adventure at Epcot -- is a one-of-a-kind thrill that will rocket guests to the galaxies in an out-of-this-world space adventure. Mission: SPACE officially launches in October. Presented by HP and featuring breakthrough technology that creates an unforgettable launch sequence and interplanetary journey, Mission: SPACE will take amazed riders straight up into space and on to Mars.

Guests who accept the mission will engage in a one-of-a-kind astronaut experience that launches them into a simulated space adventure -- from pulse-racing liftoff to the sensations of traveling though outer space on a mission to Mars.

“The combination of creative and entertainment magic of Disney and the technology of HP will create an experience that our guests can get nowhere else in the world,” 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.”

The new attraction is the most technologically advanced ever created by Disney. In association with former NASA advisors, astronauts and scientists, Walt Disney Imagineering developed Mission: SPACE as the first ride system ever created to take guests straight up in simulated flight.




Pre-Show
The setting for the attraction is several decades into the future at the International Space Training Center. As the “crew” selected for this ultimate space mission, guests head to the dispatch area and then move to the Ready Room where they receive a history of astronaut training and are given the role they will assume during the mission -- as the commander, pilot, navigator or engineer.






Countdown…Liftoff
Then it’s on to the pre-flight corridor to load into the spacecraft, receive final briefings from CapCom and buckle in for liftoff. When the countdown reaches zero, the most unique and exhilarating ride experience ever begins. The earth begins to rumble, white clouds of exhaust start to stir as the ascent toward the sky starts and guests are rocketed into the galaxies. Guests hear from CapCom and are asked to perform vital tasks that will land their spacecraft safely on Mars. Each guest will assume the role of Commander, Pilot, Navigator or Engineer. But there is no mission without surprise as guests encounter unexpected twists, turns and other challenges that test every astronaut. Quick thinking and fast reactions are needed by each guest to successfully complete the mission.

“It’s an amazing experience. It’s out of this world,” said Bob Zalk, Walt Disney Imagineer and co-producer of Mission: SPACE. “Guests will certainly say this ride is unlike any other experience they have had before.”

The realism of the experience adds to its uniqueness, said Susan Bryan, Walt Disney Imagineer and co-producer of Mission: SPACE.

“Mission: SPACE is very much based in reality. It’s a mix of real science and thrill,” Bryan said. The sensations are what the astronauts actually experience, but it’s accessible to everyone.




Post Show
Training is not complete when the capsule lands. Guests can proceed to the Mission: SPACE Post Show, powered by HP. In this Advanced Training Lab, guests of all ages have an opportunity to explore interactive space experiences, which include:
  • Space Race -- Two teams compete against each other in a race to send their rocket from Mars back to Earth. Nearly 60 people can play the high-energy game at one time.



  • Space Base -- For junior astronauts, Space Base provides a fun, interactive crawl space for exploration.



  • Expedition: Mars -- A joystick and a jet pack button help guests explore the surface of Mars.
  • Postcards from Space -- Guests can e-mail a video of themselves with one of the space-themed backgrounds and create a great souvenir of their Mission: SPACE experience.





Epcot is the Walt Disney World Resort discovery park, where guests are immersed in a celebration of both technological accomplishments and international cultural achievements. The 300-acre theme park features two unique worlds -- Future World and World Showcase -- with attractions, shows, interactive presentations, dining, shopping and architectural wonders. Epcot is part of the 30,500-acre Walt Disney World Resort, near Orlando, Fla.

For more information, call 407/824-4321 or visit www.disneyworld.com.

Copyright 2003, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.
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Mission: Space
  • 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


People who have received an invitation in the mail for the Special preview and Annual Passholder event Aug. 1-3 report that information printed on it says that the form will not be needed to go on the attraction. All you'll need to do is show your AP and you get in.

Disney's official Mission: Space website


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I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hoping this means that later in that same week it will be open to the rest of us!  We're not AP holders, well, because we live in Oregon and would never go annually.  But anyway, we are going that same week  Can you imagine?!  Getting to go on its inaugural runs that week?  Too cool!  I'm talking MEGA MEMORY MAKING! :Oo:

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