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4 BIG Changes You'll Notice the Next Time You Ride Mission: Space

A lower height restriction

Image: Disney

One of the biggest criticisms of Mission: Space when it opened was that this attraction was not family-friendly enough for Future World, and felt inaccessible to children. However, the height restriction for the Green Team side of the attraction has been lowered to just 40 inches. However, guests who are between 40 and 48 inches will need to use a special X-2 booster seats in order to experience this attraction. Somewhat counter-intuitively, these booster seats are located at the exit, which means guests boarding the attraction will need to flag down a Cast Member to get one of these boosters, which can slow the loading time down a little bit. However, once the ride is finished, guests can put these boosters back on a wall near the exit door themselves, which is easy enough. 

Orange Team mission gets technical improvements

Mission Space

Image: Disney

While the majority of the upgrades and changes to Mission: Space have concenred the Great Team side of this attraction, thrill seekers who board the Orange Team side will also see a few changes as well. Though the actual mission to Mars remains basically unchanged (save for a few script changes), Disney has completely remastered the video component of this mission and installed crystal-clear HD monitors as well. 

This is certainly a change that has been a long time coming, as the blurry, low-res monitors have always felt a bit out of place for this high-tech attraction. But now, thanks to these technical upgrades, Mission: Space will finally feel like something that actually belongs in Future World. 

What do you think of all of these changes for Mission: Space? Will you be riding this attraction the next time you visit Epcot? Or will you still be Let us know in the comments below!  

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I am disappointed in the changes to Green Team for several reasons. First of all, the "launch" goes westward, then stays in the northern hemisphere. Since the Earth rotates eastward, it makes sense to use that motion to contribute to the orbital speed, and since the orbit is centered on the center of the Earth, it isn't possible to stay over the same hemisphere. I know that most people won't notice the inaccuracies in the orbital mechanics, but since Epcot is supposed to be (somewhat) educational, it shouldn't be contributing to misconceptions about how gravity works.

My second complaint is that the new "Earth Mission" is downright boring! Sure there are nice views looking down on Earth, but anyone who has used Google Earth has seen those sights before. Also, since the "orbit" only lasts a few minutes (rather than a real 90 minute orbit), the scenes go by too fast to enjoy them. The only "dramatic excitement" is passing through a bit of a thunderstorm when trying to land.

It isn't fair that those of us who choose the Green Team over the Orange Team to avoid the stomach-churning centrifuge no longer have the opportunity to experience the more exciting Mars mission. Perhaps if they would randomize the rides (a la Star Tours) so that you could get one of several missions it would be more interesting, and the ride would re-gain some of its popularity.


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