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Posted: Sep. 12, 2003 2:22 am/pm Quote

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We went on Mission Space in August and it is GREAT!!!! This is the best ride ever, my 17 year old son could not get enough of it. However.... if you are prone to motion sickness I would NOT ride it. It does have incredible G force and spinning etc. If you do not get motion sick, it is a must!!!


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Posted: Sep. 12, 2003 9:16 am/pm Quote

Hey Dizneluver9, did you post your review of Mission: Space yet? I can't find it. I'm anxious to hear what its like.

I see we have a new goof with us! I don't think I've said hello yet so let me say welcome to the Echo. You'll love it here :mickey:  :coolgrin:  :minnie:


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Posted: Sep. 12, 2003 9:28 am/pm Quote

Quote (Goofyteer @ Sep. 12, 2003 8:16 am/pm)
I see we have a new goof with us! I don't think I've said hello yet so let me say welcome to the Echo. You'll love it here :mickey:  :coolgrin:  :minnie:

Actually, GoofyOne joined us on June 09, 2003 and first posted her introduction in "Shake Hands" on June 17th.

I was wondering why you two Goofs hadn't noticed each other yet!
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Posted: Sep. 13, 2003 1:26 am/pm Quote

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Posted: Sep. 14, 2003 4:03 am/pm Quote

Mission:  Space

Coaster riders who eat up 360s and cork screws without ill effects and who never got enough of Star Tours and Body Wars will love this new attraction.  I am one of those; my wife is not.  I rode MS four times; she rode once and it caused her terrible nausea for over thirty minutes after its conclusion.  I thought we might have to leave the park after being there only 30 minutes from rope drop.  So the message here for this ride is KNOW THYSELF!  

Maybe you have seen those amusement park rides of various names where folks enter this big cylinder and must stand against the rubberized walls as the cylinder is made to spin until the rider is pushed against the wall so hard they stay in place even as the floor falls lower than the level of their feet.  Well, if you got sick on this type of ride, don't ride Mission Space...it is far more powerful a spin than those cylinders.  If Body Wars or Star Tours gives you nausea, don't ride Mission Space.  The ride is NOT for everyone.

Yes, have enjoyed all the seat positions, I agree that the Engineer has the greatest G force and spinning sensation.  I was Engineer on my first ride and it gave a sensation I had never in all my Cedar-Point-Magnum-coaster years felt.  When I ride the Tea Cups, I try to spin that thing as fast as I can make it spin so for me, Mission Space was a thrill and far more intense at lift off than anything I've ever encountered in a Tea Cup.  It was all I could do to keep my eyes open but I had this feeling that if I closed my eyes, I would fall apart.  The visual contact with the control view is needed to tell your brain that what the body is feeling is appropriate for what is being seen.  DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES...you need them.

Next tip:  GO EARLY like right at rope drop.  99.9% of the guests at Epcot rope drop on 8/30/03 literally RAN to MS just like they do for Space Mt at the MK only worse.  Test Track did not seem to be pulling anyone away from Mission Space.  This is typical for a new ride, but MS commands as much pull on the crowds as the moon does ON the ride.

The good news:  even though on a holiday weekend with 99% of the rope drop guests heading toward the same attraction, the attraction handled it extremely well.  Standby line time did not exceed 10 minutes wait for the first 30 minutes of park opening.  It really helps to go to the single line anyway if you can.  This will give you a blast off much quicker.  So if you are in the rope drop marathon to MS, you will not have a long wait and will not need a Fast Pass even if you ride once and then get right back in line.  I was not around MS past 10AM to assess the wait times, but the bulk of the flow of people entering the park after the rope drop surge was flowing right to MS.  On the opposite side of Future World, there were no lines and no need for any FP in the Land and in Imagination until well past 11:30 AM

On 9/1/03 during our second day at Epcot, we arrived after rope drop, but before 10AM and encountered the same short wait time as on the 30th.  During the less busy, post Labor Day first week of Sept.,  I got in line for MS approx at 4PM and did not need a FP.  Standby was less than 15 min.  I got in the singles line and was allowed into the pre-show seating assignment area in less than 5 minutes.  The fast pass line, the singles line and the standby line all merge at this point.  Seat assignment access is awarded to FP people first if any are present, then Standby and the singles fill in the gaps if any open up.  I love parties of 3 and 5 whether FP or standby.
Eight people composing a crew of 4 for two spacecraft enter their respective spacecraft simultaneously.  

It is possible to exclude yourself from the mission with honor until you pull the bar down and the doors close.  Guests are alerted multiple times of the potential ill effects of the ride.  If you get sick from the spinning force, it's not going to be Disney's fault.


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Posted: Sep. 14, 2003 10:18 am/pm Quote

Kirby, thank you so much for your very informative report. You given us details which I've never read anywhere else.
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Uh-oh... there goes someone spinning by who didn't use your tips!
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Posted: Sep. 14, 2003 1:25 am/pm Quote

Thanks Rich, glad to help.  
  Mission Space Litmus Test...guaranteed:
If readers are not sure whether or not they want to risk riding Mission:  Space.  My suggestion is to first visit the Magic Kingdom and ride the Tea Cups.  When the ride begins, start pulling hard as you can on the table wheel until you are spinning as fast as your arms can pull.  If you lack the strength to do this, ask a hunk to join you and help pull the spin.  If after having enjoyed a full power spin on this ride without feeling sick to your stomach, then you are qualified to ride Mission:  Space.  If you walk away and intensely feel like "hurling" your last meal or actually do so.  Please do your fellow guests and MS cast members a BIG favor and stay OFF Mission:  space.  

Now any normal person is going to feel some effects after being centrifuged.  I could barely walk after my first mission.  My stomach was quiet "unsettled" but it was not the same as the intense nausea that my wife experienced for so long.  Each person's reaction is likely to be unique.  I could not recall being so ataxic except after the first time I rode on a coaster with a cork-screw combined with and quickly following a 360 loop.  I suppose another good test would be the Rockin Roller Coaster which after initial acceleration does a 360 followed immediately by a cork screw, but RRC continues on a few more moments before guests are required to walk anywhere.  

Mission Space may soon have an emergency MANUAL control toggle switch for activation of the Emergency Space Barf Bag.  It could come in handy just about the time of the lunar "slingshot".  (Whew I survived, blast off.  I hope I can make it to the end of the mission...OH NO here comes the MOON.) beep beep beep "NOW ACTIVATING EMERGENCY SPACE BARF BAG for the Engineer and drop down nose clamps for all other crew members."  Happy Landings!

I love this ride.  I would go to Epcot next time and just spend my time in space if I could. :hearts:


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Posted: Sep. 14, 2003 3:21 am/pm Quote

kirby428, thanks for the information. It's really informative and all. There's just some things I still don't understand:

When you say "Coaster riders who eat up 360s and cork screws without ill effects and who never got enough of Star Tours and Body Wars will love this new attraction" this is kind of confusing for me. I can't get enough of Star Tours and Body Wars but I hate coasters and especially anything that puts me upside down or corkscrews. Do you mean to say MS just spins very very rapidly or does it go into corkscrews and 360s too? I've spun teacups as fas as they can go and that's fine, but anything that's at all like a coaster scares me to death. That's why I'm having a bit of a tough time gauging.

I personally think Star Tours and Body Wars are "whoa isn't this just like the real thing" wonder rides and coasters in all forms are "scare the living daylights out of ya" rides. Which would you consider MS?

Or maybe when Rich rides it he'll tell me when he returns. I think you said Rich that you didn't care for coasters either somewhere on here?
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Posted: Sep. 14, 2003 4:40 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Chris & Kirby!

Yes, while I've never gotten "urpy" while riding a roller coaster, I personally don't want to ride the metal throw-you-around-and-loop-upside-down type roller coaster. I have enjoyed Rock 'n Roller Coaster -- but what might help with that ride is that you can't really see what's coming up ahead like you can in an outdoor coaster in the sunlight.

I'm guessing that the same applies to Mission: SPACE. And Kirby, you recommend keeping your eyes open and on the video presentation while the ride is going on, which also probably works to keep your mind off of the spinning that's going on, much like not seeing the loop-the-loop makes me willing to ride Rock 'n Roller Coaster for me while I won't ride other upside-down spin coasters.

Kirby, you wrote:
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Mission Space may soon have an emergency MANUAL control toggle switch for activation of the Emergency Space Barf Bag.
I'm sure you say this in jest. :) But what about barf bags? Do they hand you one before you enter the ride? That reminds me of horror movies of the 50s and 60s! Or are you just on your own inside the ride capsule, alone that is with 3 others... Unfortunate others if someone gets urpy.
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There's an idea... I'll take the airline sickness bag that will be available for me on the plane ride over to WDW and keep it for possible use at Mission: SPACE!
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If I do get urpy, I'm sure the CM's will appreciate having less of a mess to hose down. Now, there's a job I really don't want to have.
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I'll be sure to give y'all a full report about how I felt after riding Mission: SPACE -- hopefullly while I'm still at Epcot. I'll be arriving on Thursday, October 2nd early in the morning and after checking in at the Polynesian my plan is to hop the TTC monorail to Epcot and get in line for Mission: SPACE first thing. I want to check out the ride before Carol and Michael arrive at the Poly that evening, to better gauge how they'd do on it.

After that, I can go to Innoventions and send an email message about my ride experences to someone who is willing to be standing by their email box at mid-day on 10/2 and then repost my comments to the Disney Echo in this thread. Any voluntEARS?


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Posted: Sep. 14, 2003 4:43 am/pm Quote

Quote (kirby428 @ Sep. 14, 2003 12:25 am/pm)
My suggestion is to first visit the Magic Kingdom and ride the Tea Cups.  When the ride begins, start pulling hard as you can on the table wheel until you are spinning as fast as your arms can pull.  If you lack the strength to do this, ask a hunk to join you and help pull the spin.  If after having enjoyed a full power spin on this ride without feeling sick to your stomach, then you are qualified to ride Mission:  Space.  If you walk away and intensely feel like "hurling" your last meal or actually do so.  Please do your fellow guests and MS cast members a BIG favor and stay OFF Mission:  space.

But I've also read reports from people who say they can't "stomach" the teacups -- even at a less intense level than you're suggesting for the "test" -- who had no problems at all on Mission: SPACE because you don't actually see yourself twirling around on Mission: SPACE as you do on the teacups ride.

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