2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Countdown to 2012 WDW Marathon Weekend #52

#52 - Epcot's Mission Space
2007 MS
From the Walt Disney World website:
Mission: SPACE, a motion simulator ride at Epcot theme park, is as close as you can get to blasting off into space without leaving Earth. This attraction for big kids, teens and adults realistically mimics what an astronaut might experience during a space flight to Mars.

Each member of your astronaut team has a challenging role in a dynamic and daring cosmic mission dodging meteors and navigating nebulae. Mission: SPACE is available in 2 versions—select the Orange Team for exhilarating and intense training or opt for the Green Team and have a less intense galactic adventure.

Pre-Show for Mission: SPACE
You are invited to train for the very first mission to Mars aboard the X-2 Deep Space Shuttle at the International Space Training Center (ISTC) on the 75th anniversary of man's first mission into space. Make your way to the Recruiting Center where you will choose a team—comprised of 4 members—for training.

Each team member will be given an on-board position with unique assignments to perform during the mission. The positions include Navigator, Pilot, Commander and Engineer. Before beginning the training exercise, trainees will watch an introductory video about the mission starring actor Gary Sinise.

The Journey to Mars
After the mission briefing, make your way inside the space capsule—sitting side by side with the other members of your team. Feel the rush of take-off as you embark on a thrill-packed training adventure through space to Mars.

During the simulation, rocket around the moon, experience a brief period of simulated hypersleep, and land on the reddened surface of Mars, before blasting back to Earth.

Select the Orange Team or the Green Team
Mission: SPACE utilizes a multiple-arm centrifuge that spins and tilts to simulate the illusion of speed and gravitational forces. Realistic sounds from overhead and vivid video images only add to the experience of the simulation.

As an astronaut in training, you are given the choice to be a part of the Orange Team or the Green Team.

The Orange Team is a more intense training session and is the original version of the attraction, where you will experience forces up to 2.4G—more than twice the force of the Earth's gravitational pull.

The Green Team has a less intense experience. You do not feel forces up to 2.4G when choosing this option. If you are prone to motion sickness, you should opt for the Green Team.

Post-Show of Mission: SPACE
After the attraction, visit the Mission: SPACE Advanced Training Lab, an interactive play space for Guests of all ages where you can compete in Mission: SPACE Race, enjoy an arcade-style game where you can explore Mars on foot, or create video postcards that can be sent via e-mail.

Why am I looking forward to Mission Space?
A controversial ride for sure.  A ride that can make you very sick.  A ride that has reported deaths - although normally caused by pre-existing conditions.  A ride that is not for the claustrophobic.  A ride that was modified to allow riders to choose the full experience or choose the less thrilling ride.

As you approach the entrance to the queue, you need to choose - Orange or Green.  Personally I have never tried the Green side, the Green side is for those with motion sickness or those not interesting in the intensity that the ride can produce.  I always choose the Orange side - this side is intense and it's not for everyone.  Even I have to admit that this is not a ride I can ride multiple times in one day and it's really not advisable to ride if you're having any inner ear disturbances from a head cold or other issue.

The queue to this ride is pretty impressive.  It shows the history of space travel, even in to the future.  There are a lot of sights to take in!  Then you are split up in to teams for your training.  If you were wondering about how intense this ride is - just go through the queue where you're reminded over and over about the intensity.  Then watch the pre-show movie to be reminded a few more times!

Finally you head to your designated X-2 Deep Space Shuttle area and are assigned one of four positions.  Then the doors open and you head in to your seat.  The are is tight and you sit side by side with your other team mates.  There is a drawer to place loose articles in to and yes, there are barf bags available.  You'll see lots of knobs and buttons and switches to play with after you lower the restraint.

The movie starts and the ride is ready to go.  You must keep your head back and look straight ahead.  Do not attempt to look around - it will make you feel disoriented and/or ill.  The G-forces are quite impressive as you launch and then get to feel weightlessness.  You continue on your journey to Mars and run in to some issues.

Once your mission is complete you'll gather your belongings and head out to a store and Lab area where you can try some different games and things.

So - my favorite part of the ride?  The outside.  I love the exterior of this attraction.  It's beautiful and it changes with the weather and from day to night.  Truly a visual treat.

Research this one before trying it.  It can be fun, but it has also made people feel bad and not enjoy the rest of their time at Epcot and you don't want that to happen!
2007 MS
2007 MS


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