VIDEO - First look at the relaunched Mission SPACE

Aug 11, 2017 in "Mission: SPACE"

RELAUNCHED Mission SPACE

Mission: SPACE officially reopens Sunday August 13, but guests at Epcot got a sneak preview earlier today.

While fundamentally the same as before, the space flight simulator now features a more family friendly Green Mission that takes guests on a flight over the Earth. The intense Orange Mission remains available, but has updated visuals, making the experience much more up-to-date and realistic.

Actress Gina Torres will now provides the pre-show briefings, replacing Gary Sinise. The 48 year old actress has appeared in Westworld (as Lauren), Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (as Nebula), Xena: Warrior Princess (as Cleopatra), and most recently as Jessica Pearson in the USA Network series Suits.

The height requirement remains at 44" for Orange, but has been dropped to 40" for Green, with Disney providing restaurant-style booster seats for small children.

Here is a video of the new pre-show briefing, and a flight aboard the new Green Mission. Note, the onboard visuals in-person look better than how they are shown in this video.

The new Green Mission fits the ride profile's limited motion much better than the old Green version, and the updated visuals make the experience much more realistic. As before, each rider has tasks to perform during the mission, although the input has no direct impact on the outcome of the flight.

For those with motion sickness, the changes don't really change much in that regard. If you are still sensitive, it may be best not to ride. And those with claustrophobia should definitely stay well clear, as nothing has change in relation to the very tight cabin.

Overall, the changes are an improvement, and bring Mission: SPACE up-to-date with much improved graphics. If you liked Mission: SPACE before, you'l like it even more now. If you didn't, the updates are probably not going to change your opinion.

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Article Posted: Aug 11, 2017 / 2:14pm EDT