Posts Tagged ‘Mission:Space’

Changing with Time (lots of it)

by on August 11, 2007

The scenic and photo-friendly China pavilion may soon (okay, maybe another month or two) be rid of tarps as work is finishing up on the 2 year paint job for the pavilion. We actually forgot there was a building behind those tarps.

Similarly, the World Showplace events center between the UK and Canada finally shed it’s 7 year old Millennium look and is getting a new facade to stand out slightly less in the World Showcase.

In terms of more recent history, Disney has again restyled the warning signs for Mission: SPACE and we suspect even repainted the building again (but we can’t prove it).

The new signs allow riders of the monorail to see the wait time and go “Yikes!” long before setting foot in the park. During this busy period, wait times have can get near an hour or longer for this once abandoned/feared attraction.

Wait times increasing at Mission: SPACE

by on June 20, 2006

During the past year the line for Epcot’s Mission: SPACE had begun to lag while other Future World attractions saw steady increases. Recently, Disney introduced a “less intense” version of the attraction to reach a broader audience with their investment, and it seems to be working.

The photo below shows the full interior queue of the attraction, a sight rarely seen prior to the modification.

There are now actually two seperate queues in addition to the Fastpass queue for Mission: SPACE. The Green queue is usually shorter and is the new “less intense” version of the attraction which eliminated the high g-forces and spinning. The Orange queue, typically twice as long as Green, is for the full-force original version of the attraction.

Within the main interior queue, there is approximately 30 minutes worth of line in three switchbacks for each side (Green or Orange). The Orange line can also extend to include the exterior queue. Fastpass bypasses both lines for a short wait in the final boarding area for your choice of intensity.

UPDATED – Mission: SPACE spinless started May 19th 2006

by on May 21, 2006

Mission: SPACE at Epcot has begun offering spin-free versions of the ride for those unable or unwilling to ride the current high intensity spinning version. The new version is available of May 19th, 2006.

The ride will continue to offer the original unaltered high intensity version as well, with the queue for each version clearly marked with appropriate warning signage. Currently, Green denotes the less intense version while Orange is used for the intense version. Guest will recieve a colored “boarding pass” before entering the building, to be surrendered just before they board a ride vehicle to avoid any confusion.

Fastpass will be allowed to choose which line they wish to enter at a merge-point shortly before vehicle boarding.

The following insert is being included in Epcot maps to alert guests to the changes: