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.
However, Disney has made some recent announcements about the future of this ride that could help bring guests back to this space-themed simulator, and breathe new life into an attraction that has remained stagnant for far too long. It was recently confirmed that Mission: Space will finally reopen from its extensive refurbishment in just a few days on August 13, 2017, perhaps not coincidentally on the same day that Ellen's Energy Adventure inside the Universe of Energy is slated to close. However, timing aside, Disney has confirmed that there will be some big changes in store for guests who revisit this thrilling Epcot attraction when it reopens in a few weeks...
A brand new mission for the Green team
Though the green “less intense” side of this attraction has never been all that popular, Disney may be trying to make this side of Mission: Space a lot more alluring for guests by introducing an entirely new mission for guests to enjoy. When this new mission debuts on August 13th, guests will be able to take part in a gentle journey around Earth from orbit that has been described as Soarin’ in space.
During the ride guests will be able to take in popular sites visible from orbit like the Hawaiian Islands, Italy’s “boot” and the Northern Lights as seen from space before finally landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
In addition to the new mission, Walt Disney Imagineering has announced that this attraction will be a bit more family-friendly when it re-opens in just a few weeks as the height restriction will be changed for the Green Mission side with the addition of new X-2 booster seats which will bring the height restriction down to just 40 inches, which is the same as Soarin' and Test Track.