Mission: SPACE

World Discovery, Epcot

Mission:SPACE is a one-of-a-kind space flight simulator, located in Epcot's Future World. Guests fly in a motion simulator, on a training mission to Mars. Sustained high G forces make this attraction the most intense experience at Walt Disney World.
  • Main Details

  • Park Epcot
  • Land World Discovery
  • Ride Type Flight Simulator
  • Restraint Over-the-Shoulder
  • Thrill Level High
  • Ride Duration 8mins
  • Pre-Show
  • Post-Show
  • Gift Shop
  • Extra Magic Hours

  • Morning EMH
  • Evening EMH
  • Queue Details

  • Disney Genie+
  • Lightning Lane Purchase
  • FastPass+
  • Standby Line
  • Single Rider Line
  • Rider Switch
  • Indoor Queue
  • Outdoor Queue
  • Comfort Level High
  • Important Dates

  • Soft Opening Aug 4 2003
  • Grand Opening Aug 15 2003
  • Ride System

  • Type Flight Simulator Centrifuge
  • Manufacturer Environmental Tectonics Corporation and Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Seating Layout 4 guests per capsule in a line.
  • On-Board Audio
  • Restrictions

  • Height Req. 44"
  • Age Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
  • Frightening Kids
  • Accessibility Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Captioning Language Translation Devices, Video Captioning.

VIDEO - First look at the relaunched Mission SPACE
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Mission SPACE closed for refurbishment Jun 05, 2017 to Aug 12, 2017

Pick Your Intensity

Mars-bound cadets can choose from 2 levels of training. Both offer the same training mission but differ in intensity. The Orange Team is the more intense training experience, while the Green Team is less intense.

Orange Team

The Orange Team experience uses a centrifuge that spins and tilts to simulate speed and G-forces during launch and re-entry. The Green Team experience is a motion simulator ride that does not spin and is less likely to cause motion sickness.

Green Team

If you are prone to motion sickness or uncertain about which level to choose, you should opt for the Green Team for a less intense but still thoroughly exhilarating experience.


Presented by: HP (Hewlett Packard)

Location: Future World in Epcot (between GM Test Track and Wonders of Life pavilions)

Timeline: International Space Training Center, year 2036

Height of attraction: 35 feet

Area of attraction: 45,000 square feet

Queuing options: Standby line, singles line, and FASTPASS

Minimum guest height requirement: 44 inches

Precautions: Guests prone to motion sickness or sensitive to tight spaces, loud noises, simulation or spinning can opt for the fun of the post-show Advance Training Lab

Planetary Plaza: Anchored with dramatic spheres representing the moon, Jupiter, a rotating Earth and the red planet. Quotations from significant persons adorn the area including, "Look Upward...from this world to the heavens," Plato; "The Universe...stands continually open to our gaze..." Galileo; and "We set sail on this new sea because there is knowledge to be gained..." U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

Space Simulation Lab: Anchored by a rotating Gravity Wheel. Also: a Lunar Rover on loan from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Gravity Wheel: 35 feet in diameter. Cutaway views of living areas in a habitat designed for space travel.

Ready Room: Crew positions -- pilot, commander, navigator, engineer. CapCom leading the training mission orientation is actor Gary Sinise.

Ride bays: 4 bays, each housing 10 X-2 rocket capsules

X-2 rocket capsule configuration: Straight-across seating for a crew of 4 guests

Total number of guests per each ride cycle: 160

Duration of ride: The entire Mission: SPACE experience, from pre-show to Advance Training Lab, can last from 45 minutes to more than an hour. The ride to Mars lasts approximately 4 minutes from capsule door close to open.

Ride system: State-of-the-art centrifuge technology, sophisticated visual imaging systems and audio systems. Two primary computers on the ride system control the entire ride and show functions of the attraction, including the pitch and roll of each spacecraft. In addition there are 30 motion-control computers on board that control altitude during flight. A show-control computer operates the interactive functions within each capsule.

G-Force: Of less force and less duration than an actual shuttle launch, and lower intensity than a typical roller coaster

Advance Training Lab: Post-show area includes Space Race, Space Base, Expedition: Mars, Postcards from Space

Mission: SPACE Cargo Bay: A 1,500-square-foot merchandise location includes astronaut-inspired gear


Mission: SPACE in it's early conceptual desgin was intended to be based on a vertical coaster tower to simulate the launch experience.
The Horizons show building was initially to be the home of Mission: SPACE. Ultimately the business decision was taken to demolish the building and start from scratch. A Horizons logo can be found in the gravity wheel in the queue area.