Mission: SPACE

Mission: SPACE is the fastest ride in EPCOT, or maybe the slowest, whichever you decide, it is an intense thrill ride that you’ll never forget. Get ready for a thrill-a-minute ride to Mars. Disney even expects you to work for your flight. Each person who enters the ride is given a task that must be performed at just the right time for the trip to be successful. Think you’re up to it?

It’s amazing that you can get all the way from blast off on Earth to a almost smooth landing on Mars in just 4 very long minutes. It’s amazing but Disney finds a way to pull it off.

Want to see how it feels to fly to Mars? Want to feel a real lift off? Want to loose your lunch? Sit back, strap in, listen to the instructions, put your seat backs and tray tables in the upright and locked position, and blast off for the red planet.

Mission: SPACE

When you get to the door for Mission: SPACE, you are confronted with three options. There is the Green Line, the Orange Line, and the Lightning Lane. Once you get in the door you walk through an exhibit that looks like a NASA training area.

The Green Line

The chicken’s, oops I mean the green line, is for wimps (like Dad) who can’t handle the G forces that are generated on this ride. This line is usually shorter than the orange line.

The Orange Line

The orange line leads to the ride vehicles that are put into the centrifuge and spun around. You will experience G forces just like real astronauts. You will get the full effect. You might get sick…

The Attraction

When you enter the ride area, you will be directed to line up in front of a door. Each entry has 2 lines. There are 4 places (positions) at each line. As you enter the ride vehicle, you take one of 4 seats. Each seat has a responsibility during the flight. The seats are Commander, Pilot, Engineer, and Mission Specialist. (Don’t worry too much about the titles, all it means is that you punch a button or two at a pre-determined time.) The Commander is in charge of the flight and so on.

Once everyone is strapped in, you are given instructions and loaded onto a launch platform. Countdown commences, and you blast off into the wild blue yonder. You feel the full effect of the launch, including G forces. After launch, you reach orbit, where you experience weightlessness. Finally, you reach your destination, where you experience G forces again on the landing. (Both of them.)



The G forces on this ride are real. This ride works on the old centrifuge principal. (Think James Bond in Moonraker.) When you launch you will really feel acceleration and G forces of up to 2.4 G’s. MANY PEOPLE GET SICK!


You’ve been warned (some people just can’t take a hint).


The Postshow

No I’m not talking about the restroom which, by the way, is located back toward the center of EPCOT. There is a really interesting area after the ride. You can have a “Mission Control” experience in the Advanced Training Lab, where you “control” an X2 on a flight to Earth.

Children’s Play Area

If you have children that are too short, or young for Mission Space, don’t despair. Disney has created a play area just for them. It’s located at the end of the ride so you can wait for other family members that are riding the ride. You can access the play area through the gift shop.

Mission Space also offers Riderswitch, allowing both parents to ride without having to stand on land individually.

The Crowd Factor

Mission Space is one of Disney World’s headliner attractions. It draws long lines from the time it opens until closing time every day. Mission Space does have some options that can shorten your wait. There is FastPass, and the Green Line usually has a shorter wait. (You will not experience G forces but you will be shaken not stirred. Get it, shaken not stirred. Dad’s so funny.)

Fun Facts

Here are some interesting tidbits –

  • Disney’s first space-based ride was Mission to the Moon, which was an original ride at Disneyland.
  • Fans (the kind that go round and round) blow air on faces. Apparently this helps with motion sickness.
  • Motion Sickness bags were added to the ride vehicles shortly after the ride opened.


Mission Space opened in 2003.

  • The opening was attended by the NASA administrator, astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and the shuttle program. Also 2 astronauts aboard the International Space Station attended via satellite hookup.
  • Compaq was the original sponsor of Mission Space, but when the company was purchased by Hewlett-Packard they took over the sponsorship.
  • Disney and the ride vehicles designer squabbled over payment for the design of the vehicle. They finally settled in 2009.

Dad’s Ride Information Table


Mission Space

Description: Take a rocket ship ride to Mars
Height Requirement – 44 inches Fastpass: Yes Length of Ride: 5 minutes 38 seconds
Type of ride: Enclosed cabin put into a centrifuge

Dad’s Ratings

3* 4* 4* 4*
*If you are prone to motion sickness, or if you suffer from claustrophobia, ride the green side or just skip this one.


The Fine Print

Here is Disney’s list of cautions for Mission Space

  • May cause motions sickness
  • “For your safety, you should be in good help and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure.
  • Guest may rent translation devices at Guest Relations
  • Assisting Listening Receivers may be used at this attraction, they are available at Guest Relations
  • Guest must transfer from a wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to enjoy this attraction.
  • Expectant mothers SHOULD NOT RIDE.
  • Due to the intense nature of the ride, service animals are not permitted.
  • Video Captioning is available on selected monitors.

Whew. That’s a bunch.

Dad’s Bottom Line

Disney has been on the cutting edge of theme park ride technology since Uncle Walt started Disneyland all those years ago. Mission Space continues Disney’s dominance of new ride technology. Uncle Walt’s boys have found a way to blend the old spinning rides of the fair with mind-blowing video to make an attraction that’s unique and breathtaking (sometimes literally).