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All Aboard
04-22-2003, 10:20 AM
Courtesty of Steve Frearson at WDWMAGIC.COM

"Disney has officially announced that the opening date for Mission Space is August 15 2003!"


"After much delay, Pop Century will now be opening on December 14 2003."

Thanks for the info Steve.

KNWVIKING
04-22-2003, 12:57 PM
Cool,I get to ride it this year then. Based on some threads here I figured it would still be closed for my Oct & Dec trips.

Testtrack321
04-22-2003, 02:14 PM
I want to hear from Scoop, but some places have been saying that soft openings are set for Aug, not the actual opening. I doubt that that's true, but expect for the worst.

wdwguide
04-22-2003, 02:40 PM
This should clarify it:

Mission: SPACE at Epcot Set to Send Guests Out of This World



Launch Date is Aug. 15

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The excitement, the thrill and the rush of rocketing into outer space is coming soon to Walt Disney World Resort.

Mission: SPACE, presented by HP -- the next awesome adventure at Epcot -- will send guests on an out-of-this-world journey they never thought possible.

The attraction launches Aug. 15.

Guests who accept the mission will engage in a one-of-a-kind astronaut experience that launches them into a simulated space adventure -- from pulse-racing liftoff to the sensations of traveling though outer space on a mission to Mars.

“The combination of creative and entertainment magic of Disney and the technology of HP will create an experience that our guests can get nowhere else in the world,” said Al Weiss, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “Epcot is the perfect setting, continuing the park’s dedication to the explorer in all of us.”

The new attraction is the most technologically advanced ever created by Disney. In association with former NASA advisors, astronauts and scientists, Walt Disney Imagineering developed Mission: SPACE as the first ride system ever created to take guests straight up in simulated flight.


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Pre-Show

The setting for the attraction is several decades into the future at the International Space Training Center. As the “crew” selected for this ultimate space mission, guests head to the dispatch area and then move to the Ready Room where they receive a history of astronaut training and are given the role they will assume during the mission -- as the commander, pilot, navigator or engineer.


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Countdown…Liftoff

Then it’s on to the pre-flight corridor to load into the spacecraft, receive final briefings from CapCom and buckle in for liftoff. When the countdown reaches zero, the most unique and exhilarating ride experience ever begins. The earth begins to rumble, white clouds of exhaust start to stir as the ascent toward the sky starts and guests are rocketed into the galaxies. Guests hear from CapCom and are asked to perform vital tasks that will land their spacecraft safely on Mars. Each guest will assume the role of Commander, Pilot, Navigator or Engineer. But there is no mission without surprise as guests encounter unexpected twists, turns and other challenges that test every astronaut. Quick thinking and fast reactions are needed by each guest to successfully complete the mission.

“It’s an amazing experience. It’s out of this world,” said Bob Zalk, Walt Disney Imagineer and co-producer of Mission: SPACE. “Guests will certainly say this ride is unlike any other experience they have had before.”

The realism of the experience adds to its uniqueness, said Susan Bryan, Walt Disney Imagineer and co-producer of Mission: SPACE.

“Mission: SPACE is very much based in reality. It’s a mix of real science and thrill,” Bryan said. The sensations are what the astronauts actually experience, but it’s accessible to everyone.


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Post Show

Training is not complete when the capsule lands. Guests can proceed to the Mission: SPACE Post Show, powered by HP. In this Advanced Training Lab, guests of all ages have an opportunity to explore interactive space experiences, which include:


Space Race -- Two teams compete against each other in a race to send their rocket from Mars back to Earth. Nearly 60 people can play the high-energy game at one time.
Space Base -- For junior astronauts, Space Base provides a fun, interactive crawl space for exploration.
Expedition: Mars -- A joystick and a jet pack button help guests explore the surface of Mars.
Postcards from Space -- Guests can e-mail a video of themselves with one of the space-themed backgrounds and create a great souvenir of their Mission: SPACE experience.

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Epcot is the Walt Disney World Resort discovery park, where guests are immersed in a celebration of both technological accomplishments and international cultural achievements. The 300-acre theme park features two unique worlds -- Future World and World Showcase -- with attractions, shows, interactive presentations, dining, shopping and architectural wonders. Epcot is part of the 30,500-acre Walt Disney World Resort, near Orlando, Fla.

For more information, call 407/824-4321 or visit www.disneyworld.com.

mjstaceyuofm
04-22-2003, 03:15 PM
After much delay, Pop Century will now be opening on December 14 2003.Does anyone want to take a guess as to when it (or portions thereof) will be closed for a timely (ahem) "re-hab"? (wink, wink)

DisneyKidds
04-22-2003, 03:23 PM
Originally posted by mjstaceyuofm
Does anyone want to take a guess as to when it (or portions thereof) will be closed for a timely (ahem) "re-hab"? (wink, wink)
A new game we can play. It is called "Guess the Resort (ahem) Rehab". Here is how it works. You determine when you think there will be a (ahem) rehab, make a reservation with the expectation you will be moved, and then get upgraded to a better resort for next to nothing. If only I had made a POFQ ressie for the date in May I needed I might have been able to get the GF for $160 a night.

All joking aside, I do think this resort opening will give Disney a value resort they can shut down from time to time, just like PO has become for the moderates.

MelissathePooh
04-23-2003, 08:34 AM
I'm pretty psyched about MS - we may have to sneak in a fall trip this year afterall.

As far as Pop Century - I'm glad that eyesore is finally going to open I guess. Afterall WDW can never have enough turbo toilets!

Melissa

Daxx
04-23-2003, 09:04 AM
MS opens on my bday ... do ya think they'd give me a free vaca. and let me be first to ride it?!!? lol!!!!