Mission: SPACE is one of those attractions that guests either really love or totally hate. Though this attraction was originally designed to inject some thrills into Epcot in the early 2000s, the intensity of this space simulator was too much for many guests, and gave this attraction a bad reputation right from the start. And even though Disney lowered the gravity on this attraction just a few years later, Mission: Space has yet to really find a fanbase, barely garnering more than a 30 minute wait time on most days, even when Epcot is moderately crowded.
And while we’re sure that there are a number of factors contributing to this ride’s unpopularity (the fact that it replaced a beloved attraction surely doesn't help) it looks like Disney may have a rescue plan ready for this attraction that could be kicking off in just a few weeks!
Mission: SPACE and the mysterious refurbishment
One of the unique things about Mission: SPACE is that this attraction has separate ride bays, which means that most refurbishment work that doesn’t involve the ride queue can be done without a complete closure of the ride, as work can simply be done bay by bay.
However, it was revealed just a few days ago that Disney has taken the unusual step of completely closing this ride for a nearly two-month refurbishment this summer. Kicking off June 5, and lasting through to the end of July, Disney has not announced what changes we might be able to expect from this refurbishment. However, based on a few well-sourced rumors (which have been circulating for some time) we do have a few ides about what changes could be coming to this attraction during this extended downtime...
Could new missions be on the way?
Ever since last year’s subtle changes in the Mission: SPACE queue, we have been wondering if Disney could be working on the long-rumored new missions for this attraction behind the scenes. And with this new refurbishment, it is looking more and more likely that guests who board this attraction this fall will have new places to go when they board this attraction, with new storylines and simulations to experience.
Now while this may seem like an intriguing idea, a lot will depend on how Disney implements this concept....