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Description And Comments

Mission: SPACE was one of the hottest tickets at Disney World until two guests died after riding it in 2005 and 2006. While neither death was linked directly to the attraction, the negative publicity caused many guests to skip it entirely. In response, Disney added a tamer nonspinning version in 2006 and dubbed the old and intense version Mission: SPACE Orange (Mission: SPACE Orange).

Disney’s lawyers probably clocked as much time as the ride engineers in designing the “lite” version. Even before you walk into the building, you’re asked whether you want your ride with or without spin. Choose the spinning version and you’re on the Orange team; the Green team trains on the no-spin side. Either way, you’re immediately handed the appropriate “launch ticket” containing the first of myriad warnings about the attraction, as this Unofficial Guide reader discovered:

I chose the more intense version and was handed the orange launch ticket to read. Basically, it explained that if I had ever had a tonsillectomy, or even a mild case of male pattern baldness, I should take the less intense ride.

In 2017, the Green version was redone to give it a totally separate mission from the intense Orange side. Now guests fly around the Earth's orbit seeing sights from space such as the Hawaiian Islands, the Italian peninsula, and the Northern Lights. The journey ends by landing at Florida's own Kennedy Space Center. Luckily it's a short walk out of the building and back to Orlando.

The capsules are small, and both ride versions are amazingly realistic. The nonspinning version doesn’t subject your body to g-forces, but it does bounce and toss you around in a manner roughly comparable to other Disney motion simulators. A Bradenton, Florida, mom found motion sickness to be the least of her problems:

I’d like to see warnings here about claustrophobia—I had no clue until the capsule closed that it would be so tight in there. I went into full panic mode.

Touring Tips

Disney can reconfigure the ride’s four centrifuges to either version based on guest demand. In general, the kinder, gentler version has a wait time of about half that of its more harrowing counterpart.

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Special Comments

Not recommended for pregnant women or people prone to motion sickness or claustrophobia; 40" minimum height requirement with special booster seat that is provided. 44" without the booster.

Special Needs

May cause motion sickness. Please see Cast Member at the attraction for further cautionary information.

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