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Last week was certainly a monumental one for Disney Parks, as more than a dozen projects for Disney Parks around the world were announced at the 2017 edition of the D23 Expo, including confirmation of four new rides for Walt Disney World that will all be open in time for the resort's 50th anniversary in 2021. However, even though fans might be super stoked about the upcoming Tron roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom or the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Epcot, Disney also made some interesting announcements about the future of Epcot that you might have missed, including one that we should see the effects of before the end of the year... 

1. Mission: Space getting technical upgrades and a new mission

Image: Disney 

After months of speculation, it was confirmed last week that Mission: Space is indeed the massive updates that were previously just rumored during its current refurbishment. We now know that when this attraction reopens later this year, guests who board the orange “more intense” side of this attraction will be able to experience their mission to Mars a little bit more clearly with improved visuals thanks to the installation of newer, sharper display systems.

However, the more exciting news ironically concerns the green “less intense” side of this attraction, which will have an entirely new mission for guests to enjoy when this Mission: Space re-opens. This new mission will take guests on a gentle journey around Earth from orbit that has been described as Soarin’ in space.

Image: Disney

Currently, Disney has said that this attraction will reopen with these changes next month, but a quick look at the operational calendar for this attraction seems to suggest that Mission: Space may actually stay closed until October. Either way, this attraction will definitely be open again before the end of the year with all of these upgrades and additions. And even though we don't have long to wait to experience these changes, looking farther out, there is another Mission: Space addition we’re also excited about..

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