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 Mission: SPACE

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The Story: Congratulations! You have been chosen to be part of the first mission to Mars! Before you can do that, however, you must go through training, but not just any training: you get to experience a flight simulator, the most thrilling form of training astronauts at NASA and ISTC go through.

Being in future world, the year is 2036 and space exploration, as shown on the wall near the loading area, has advanced quite a bit through the years. In addition to moon landings, astronauts have achieved quite a bit including the successful first family in space. Today, however, you will be boarding an X-2 Deep Space Shuttle with three other team members. The four positions are Navigator, Pilot, Commander, or Engineer.

With your team members you'll experience slingshots around the moon, hyper sleep, asteroids, and eventually, Mars itself! Good luck team!

Height Restriction: 54 inches
Attraction Length: 4 minutes
Fastpass? Yes

The History: Disney and space have gone hand in hand since the Disneyland television show. When the show began Walt knew they would focus on one of four sections each episode: Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland, and Tomorrowland. At the time the most futuristic idea for Tomorrowland was that the segments would focus around space.

When Tomorrowland opened in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, the idea of space was always present in attractions like Mission to Mars and Space Mountain, but through most of it, Imagineers wanted to truly recreate the feeling someone would have while blasting off into space. They needed two things for this: technology and, the thing which is more important than anything else in Disney, story.

Disney teamed up with NASA around the time when Horizons, the classic attraction that once stood where Mission: SPACE now stands, was closing down. After a lot of research, the attraction opened up with huge success as the second thrill ride found within Epcot.

Mission: SPACE opened on August 15, 2003.

Fun Facts: In front of the attraction, in the "Planetary Plaza" you can find a giant model of the moon with several marks placed upon it. These marks represent all the locations spaceships (both manned and unmanned) have landed on the moon. One of the marks, marked with a red center, features the location of the first moon landing!

While in line you can find a giant rotating gravity wheel. This wheel helps pay homage to the former attractions, Horizons, by having the logo of Horizons located in the center of the wheel. In addition to that, this wheel is the actual rotating gravity wheel found in the Disney film, Mission to Mars, from the year 2000!

Location: Future World East

Touring Tips: The attraction actually has two sides: intense and less intense. The more intense side usually has a longer line earlier in the day, while the less intense side usually has a longer line later in the day so plan accordingly! You can also get a Fastpass for the attraction, but Fastpasses can typically be found later in the day for the attraction as well!

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