Epcot: Mission Space

Mission Space Cockpit

When I was little, I wanted to be an astronaut. I grew up in central Florida, and had the opportunity to see several shuttle launches. NASA was an important part of my growing up. I eventually realized that I did not want to be an astronaut (too much math), but I have never grown out of wanting to blast off for outer space. I probably won’t make it into space in my life time, so for me, Mission Space is a great way to experience the fantasy.

And Mission Space delivers the fantasy! You are put in a cockpit that spins around, allowing you to feel some of the g-forces associated with high speed flight. The ride sustains 2.5 G’s, which is only slightly less than a routine shuttle launch. When you blast off, you are pushed back in your seat by the spin, and the video screen gives you a front row seat for your mission. The spin varies angles and speeds, and there are brief moments when you actually get a feeling of weightlessness as you head for Mars. It is fun to ride, and when it is over, it is just as much fun watching everyone trying to walk straight after spinning so fast.

Daniel sitting outside of the Mission Space ride at EPCOT Center

The only thing better than experiencing it myself was to share that experience with my son, Daniel. He’s not so sure about thrill rides yet, but he volunteered to go on this one. I am not sure that he liked the spin too much, but he was a trooper about it. During the flight, each person was assigned a role. I was the commander, and Daniel was the engineer. Each role had buttons to press at various times during the mission. I was not sure Daniel would be up to that. But when mission control asked the engineer to push a button, I saw Daniel’s hand reach up and press it, right on cue. I was proud of my little trooper, and glad to share that experience with him.

Tips for Mission Space:

  1. Fast Pass It:
    A good strategy is to fast pass Mission Space and then go across the way to the Universe of Energy. The Universe of Energy is a nice, easy (and air conditioned) ride that rarely has a long wait.
  2. No Spin Option:
    Thrill Rides aren’t for you? Disney has you covered. When you get in line, you can choose between the Green Team and the Orange Team. The Green Team does not spin. The cockpit moves a little, but you will not experience the G-forces of the centrifuge.
  3. Watch the screen!
    You will be spinning very fast, but the video screen tricks your brain into thinking you are going straight. As long as you keep your eyes on the screen, you will be ok. If you look away or close your eyes, you could get dizzy. Don’t worry, though… if you tend to get airsick easily, you can use one of the conveniently placed barf bags.

Miscellaneous scripture trivia: The first scripture passage in space was Psalm 8:

Psalm 8:1-9: O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.  2 Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.  3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;  4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?  5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.  6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,  7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,  8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.  9 O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!


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  1. Ha ha… I just checked my stats and saw that someone found this post by searching, “Mission Space too much spinning.” Hope my last tip helped them!

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