Following yesterday's report of the "no G" version under testing at Mission: SPACE, Disney did later officially confirm that the plan would go ahead. It is expected that the alternate version will be in operation by the summer. The original, intense version of the ride will remain for riders who wish to experience it, and that profile will not be changed in any way.
"By offering a second adventure, we hope to broaden the appeal of Mission: Space and enable even more guests to experience the attraction," Al Weiss, president of Walt Disney World Resort.
The official press release:
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 2, 2006) -- By the beginning of summer, Epcot guests will have two options when it comes to riding Mission: SPACE -- the original thrill attraction and a new version for those who prefer a milder ride experience.
The new version, which is created by turning off the spinning centrifuge, may be more suited for some guests, such as those who are prone to motion sickness or have other conditions. Both versions will offer an exciting astronaut training experience through a dramatic story that invites guests to explore a new world.
"By offering a second adventure, we hope to broaden the appeal of Mission: SPACE and enable even more guests to experience the attraction," said Al Weiss, president of Walt Disney World Resort.
Signs posted in the queue area of Mission: SPACE will outline the difference between the two adventures and provide health advisories appropriate for each experience.
"Providing a choice between two ride options will help to further encourage all guests to carefully consider posted health advisories when making their decision," added Weiss.
Mission: SPACE opened in August 2003. Since that time, 11.8 million rides have been given on the attraction, which simulates the launch, approach and landing of a futuristic spacecraft on Mars. The attraction is made up of four separate ride systems, each with its own centrifuge and programmable simulators.