View Full Version : Mission:Space toned-down?

09-16-2003, 12:41 PM
There was a rumor awhile back that Mission:Space would be toned down due to the results of the early testing. Does anyone know if in fact M:S was toned-down? The reason I ask is that I rode it three times during my 7 day vacation in WDW last week. The ride was less intense than I expected based on all of the reviews on these boards and other places on the internet. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the ride and think it is a good addition to WDW. It's just that the G-forces didn't seem as intense as I expected. In fact, after riding it, I decided that my wimpy 5 year old duaghter could handle it. So if it has been toned down, it has become more of a family ride.

Other miscellaneous thoughts on M:S:

The building is beautiful. I really like the material they used to cover the planets at the entrance.

The queue was very good and set the stage for the ride quite well. I thought the sound in the background added to the drama well.

I'm a big guy and the seat and harness were very spacious and comfortable for me. You'd have to be pretty big to not be able to ride M:S. But I did notice that tall people cannot see the top 1 or 2 inches of the video screen. This was only an issue during certain scenes (most importantly the slingshot around the moon where the moon is rolling around toward the top of the screen).

The G-force effects were very good and timed nicely with the video. The movement is very smooth. However, the one negative about the movement is that when it should be jolting and jarring, it is not. I was thinking of the crash landing. It was not jarring at all.

The ending was a bit disappointing. When you are teetering over the edge, since you signed-up for an action ride, you WANT to fall and glide to safety on the ravine floor or something. Why did they make you expect more action and thrills at the very end of the ride and then not give it to you?

I still wish that the story behind the ride was not that you are training in a simulator but that you are actually flying to Mars. The story could have been that Earth was going to be destroyed by a meteor and was being evacuated to humanity's new home on Mars that had been terraformed when we learned of the meteor 50 years earlier.

Overall, I thinks it's a good ride with a good re-rideability factor. I think it's one of the best at WDW and should stand the test of time pretty well. (But I still don't think it beats Spider Man as a cutting-edge, all-encompassing, top-of-the-heap, thrill ride.)

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09-16-2003, 01:33 PM
There are 4 centrifuges. Couldn't you have varying degrees of thrill? The green one being the least, red the most, or something like that. Must all 4 be run the same? If it is determined that it needs to be scaled back because xx% of the riders have troubles, why "punish" all riders to appease that group, given that there seems to be an alternative.

09-16-2003, 01:37 PM
Has anyone else not pushed the buttons when told? My son and I had to do it the 2nd time we rode it. For those that haven't not pushed them (talk about a confusing sentance) you get a "computer override".

09-16-2003, 11:59 PM
If you do not push the buttons as instruction within about two or three seconds, then the words "Computer Overide" are head and the computer completes the task for you

09-20-2003, 12:37 AM
I rode Mission Space on opening day in August. I love roller costers and thrill rides. It was too much for me. It took my husband and I about 20 minutes for our stomaches to return to normal. Every single person looked green coming off the ride. I was very glad I did it once but did not want to try it again. So..I am thinking they did tone it down. I really felt that at the time that I went there was not enough warnings about the amazing affects of this ride.

09-20-2003, 08:00 PM
I rode it also in Aug. and thought it was intense. I shall ride it again to see.

09-23-2003, 10:29 PM
We rode MS in August prior to the offical opening and I found the ride to be great. However, I am subject to motion sickness and although coaster rides do not bother me this ride did upset me a little. I had to sit for awhile after the ride.

My son's college buddy who is currently in the college program said he was an early test subject. Although he did not get sick many CM who tested this ride did get sick and Disney slowed the ride from 60mph to 35mph. Too many CM were getting sick on this ride. It was known as the "vomit comet."

If I do try this ride again I may take some motion sickness pills to see if that helps. Otherwise this is a ride I will pass on in the future. I don't go to WDW to get sick. ( smile)


09-23-2003, 10:56 PM
Originally posted by mickeyc

My son's college buddy who is currently in the college program said he was an early test subject. Although he did not get sick many CM who tested this ride did get sick and Disney slowed the ride from 60mph to 35mph. Too many CM were getting sick on this ride. It was known as the "vomit comet."


They ruined it before I had a chance to ride it.

Oh well...

09-24-2003, 09:36 AM
Originally posted by mickeyc
My son's college buddy who is currently in the college program said he was an early test subject. Although he did not get sick many CM who tested this ride did get sick and Disney slowed the ride from 60mph to 35mph. Too many CM were getting sick on this ride. It was known as the "vomit comet."


Not sure I completely buy this. I'd don't think mph is the meausure used. I'd expect either G Force or even RPM. I know ANY simulator will cause most guests to vomit if the video is out of sync with the motion.

09-24-2003, 10:58 PM
Folks don't let the hype fool you. M:S is NOT a very intense ride. It might be intense compared to Space Mountain or Test Track but those aren't really thrill rides to me anyways. I kept waiting for the intense part to come and before I knew it I was walking out of the pod. But oh well I should've known better because it came from Disney. They will never make an extreme thrill ride and M:S is DEFINATELY not extreme. It's basically like a new Body Wars except not nearly as bumpy or wild. Sure you get a little bit of G Forces but its not a big deal at all.

But also let it be known that I love the ride, I know that's hard to believe after I basically slammed it, but now I know what to expect. It's not a thrill ride, it's a DISNEY thrill ride. Big difference :D

09-24-2003, 11:52 PM
I agree this is not a typical coaster ride. However, there is no doubt people were getting sick after the ride. If you are subject to motion sickness I would suggest taking the appropriate medication prior to riding. As I mentioned in my previous post I ride coasters without incident--this ride did make me queascy. It was several hours before I felt okay.

If I decide to ride it again I intend to take precautions such as a motion sickness remedy. It doesn't make sense to get sick if it can be avoided.

I enjoyed the ride and according to astronauts who rode it they say it is very authentic. I think it will be the closest I will ever get to riding a space shuttle. (smile)

Those who go to Epcot enjoy the new ride!! This is not hype people are/were getting sick. It is possible that Disney may have made other adjustments.

09-24-2003, 11:53 PM
Keep your eyes on the screen and all will be well.
Let your eyes wander and you might see your breakfast again...

09-25-2003, 05:22 PM
I rode it twice on Saturday. the first time I sat in one of the middle seats and felt great. All I felt was the pressure of the front of my face being pushed into the back of my skull. But it was really fun.
The 2nd time I sat on the right side end seat and put my head way beck into the headrest and looked at the screen through my bi-focals. My vision was not as clear so I did feel the spinning more. It did take me a few seconds to get my head steady after adjusting my glasses but the rest of the ride was great.
I love roller coaster, and spinning rides so I was really looking forward to this ride. I was not disappointed, but it could have been longer. and they left us up on Mars!

09-25-2003, 11:11 PM
No, it has not been toned down. Second, the ride varies by which seat you sit in along with the size of the people on the fuge with you. But even those differences arn't that big.

09-28-2003, 07:34 PM
I "heard" that they have to "tone it down" by ramping up slower to full speed because CM's were finding loose bolts... apparently the speed was stressing the ride vehicles to the max. Riders should not notice a difference.

09-28-2003, 08:56 PM
i can absolutely confirm it was slowed down, yes CMs were getting sick and thats why ..also its the only ride with garbage cans located near the exit when it first opened

09-30-2003, 12:47 PM
I rode M: S last week and loved it. It wasn't quite as intense as I thought it would be but I really do believe it all depends on your own personal tolerance. I do not get motion sickness so I, therefore, didn't think it was intense but my ride partner and other riders thought it was very intense....it just depends on your vantage point!!

09-30-2003, 02:47 PM
We rode it 1st day of the soft opening and my DH almost got sick and he's been through astronut training!!! I loved it but If DH almost gets sick then they probbaly had too. But DH did say that felt like the real thing

10-01-2003, 04:32 PM
I rode it on Sunday, and it was pretty intense, and I can't imagine them having it any worse, and I'm a coaster freak.

I only saw one person getting sick from the ride, but yes, they do have quite large trash cans right at the exits...

I thought the ride was a bit short, but I'm sure they purposely did that for those who couldn't stomach it well.

Overall, I didn't think it had enough of preshow explanation beside just doing a training mission to mars.

This ride isn't going to save Epcot, IMO

10-01-2003, 08:04 PM
i was alos told they have lowered the room temp so that you feel coller and stay more alert

10-02-2003, 07:05 PM
Let get one thing clear. From the start of guest previews to now, there have been NO changes to the intensity. Why? WDI isn't there. It's not like there is a little field you can choose to select the Gs. The origional desing of the attraction that was tested by guests in Feb had 3gs. This version has 2.5gs.

10-03-2003, 04:39 PM
It had a technical problem one of the 20 times we rode it last 3 weeks. We were waiting in the boarding are and I was freeezing to death. We were all joking that they were waiting for someone to get the mop and bucket out to clean up after a previous launch:crazy2: Actually it was not nauseous at all and I am a coaster chicken::yes:: :blush: .. Though many a time I saw the Reedy Creek emergency crew rushing towards that area of Epcot:rolleyes: :earsgirl:

10-08-2003, 04:51 PM
I must be wacky, but I didn't think MS was all that thrilling. Yeah, the first 5-10 seconds of the launch sucked the breath out of my lungs, but after that, it was just another simulator ride to me. I didn't even realize the thing was spinning until someone told me it did. And I'm one of those people that absolutely CANNOT handle the Mad Tea Party. Go figure.;)

10-09-2003, 11:24 PM
It's amazing how different people are, my wife rode and loved it. The fourth or fifth time we close dour eyes and felt nothing as far as sickness, but thats us. They do warn the snot out of you though before you get on the ride.

10-12-2003, 11:07 PM
Me, my husband and my two girls rode on 10/3 (friday - also went to MNSSHP that night!). My girls are 9 and 10. We've been taking them to theme parks since they were babies and love the coasters.
I have something called peripheralvestibuloper, which means that I have chronic dizziness. When I was a kid, the ROTOR was my favorite ride at Rye Playland and I LOVED spinning. But since getting this condition in my early twenties, I can't tolerate any spinning, or even standing on uneven ground, or walking down steps for that matter.

My youngest daughter has slight asthma, so she brought her inhaler along in her fanny pack, just in case.

I have to say that even with the dizzyness, I was still greatly awaiting the opening of this ride. We went down last year while they were building this, and I told my husband that we will definitely be there for the opening. We were a few days too short, but I got to ride the ride!

Upon entering the building, I was seriously considering walking out without riding because there were so many warnings about motion sickness, but this is what I was waiting for, so I got into the pod and just spread my legs as wide as I could so I wouldn't get breakfast on my nice new Sketchers (!)

Call me crazy, but I'm a sucker for punishment because I also love motion-simulator rides. As soon as we were preparing for blast-off, it started. Oh My God, and then the spinning started. I'm trying to figure out how Not to panic in front of my two kids, because I've never felt that way before, I can't even describe the feeling of how I felt....I thought I was going to pass out and die.

Now for everyone else in the world who doesn't have this condition, you're scoffing at me. But I have to live with being dizzy (my husband says I dye my hair brown) every day of my life.
The dizziness I feel on a daily basis would make most people stay in bed all day, vomiting, but I've learned to live with it...

When this ride started spinning, I didn't know what to do.
Then my daughter starts screaming and breathing funny,

Oh - My- God - Mommy - I'm- Having- An- Asthma- Attack!!!!!

I'm trying to calm her down thinking I, myself, am not coming out of this conscious, and I am trying to kick open the storage bin to get at her fanny pack, but at the same time I'm keeping my head straight staring straight into the screen so I really don't hurl!

I couldn't get the pack, because when the ride starts, the bins move up and back while the monitor and control panel move forward, so I'm thinking I'm going to faint or die while trying to comfort my daughter who thinks she's having an asthma attack at the same time.

She told me that that's what an asthma attack feels like, compression in the chest, not being able to breathe....

Then while Kyra's screaming and crying about how she can't breathe and I'm panicking, my husband's yelling about how we're not pressing the buttons!!! Now that I look back it was Very comical! Forget about not being able to breathe, almost hurling, Just Press The Buttons!!!!

Anyway, after all was said and done, we came off the ride and Kyra was crying. I was VERY DIZZY....so dizzy I forgot to get myself a
Mission:Space Tshirt to wear to the gym.....

My husband said he Hates Motion Simulators/Spinning Rides, but he thought Mission:Space was great. (He's ridden the tallest coaster in America many times with his hands up!) He liked it and said it was as realistic as he thought it would be, minus the computer graphics....He also said that he did not feel ANY sort of spinning At All...He only felt the pod turning up and down...

All in All, I would definitely ride it again. We didn't ride it again that day because the kids didn't want to do it again (surprised?)

I am extremely grateful there is only 2.5 g's on that ride, or else I really would've lost it!

10-14-2003, 05:42 PM
Wow, I never thought of the G's might seem like an asthma attack.

10-14-2003, 05:46 PM
Originally posted by Testtrack321
Let get one thing clear. From the start of guest previews to now, there have been NO changes to the intensity. Why? WDI isn't there. It's not like there is a little field you can choose to select the Gs. The origional desing of the attraction that was tested by guests in Feb had 3gs. This version has 2.5gs.

but was there a change from the start of CM previews? The rumor is that so many CM were getting sick that the ride was toned down.

10-14-2003, 05:56 PM
From Guest Previews that started in June to now, there have been NO changes in the ride intensity.

10-15-2003, 09:00 PM
We rode last Saturday, and were in line with someone who works at WDW. He said his friend has worked on the ride since it began, and he assured us the ride has NOT been toned down.

10-29-2003, 02:15 PM
I went on Mission Space last week. I too get motion sickness. When I take the pills, I fall asleep, so I wore the patch. Worked great, enjoyed every ride, except Mission Space. My husband absolutely loved it, I thought I was going to die. It tells you.... do not close your eyes you will become more disoriented, I thought it was bull, but they were right. I opened them and kept saying I thought I was going to die. The pressure was unreal. I'm heading back down south in December, I know I won't be doing that ride again.

10-29-2003, 05:35 PM
I rode Mission Space once in June and four times in October. I didn't notice any difference between my first ride in June and my experience in October.

As far as discomfort, the only time that I feel the least bit dizzy is when the ride first starts off, and then only for a couple of seconds. To be honest, I feel a whole lot more dizzy after riding Rock N Roller Coaster than I ever did after riding Mission Space.