Mission Space is located in Future World. There are two attractions on this side of the park, Mission Space is to the left of Test Track and is hard to miss given it’s large red planet at the front.
Mission Space is fun ride but it is not for those who have heart problems. The ride simulates G-force rocket launch that puts you in the cockpit of a “spacecraft” as you launch from Disney on a trip to Mars. The G-Force feeling is legit and at one point Disney Imagineers had to reduce the rides capability because too many guests complained.
You board the X-2 Deep Space Shuttle after you wind through several interior corridors and get your mission briefings. Once inside you and the group you are with are assigned jobs. Guests could find themselves in the navigator’s seat, or the engineers, the pilot, or the commanders. Each person will have a series of buttons on the console in front of them that they will be asked to push at certain times during the ride.
The best part of the ride is of course, the launch. You are viewing an upwards view of a space rocket and as you launch, your body feels the 2.5 Gs of liftoff and you watch as the clowds give way to space.
Thrill factor: Liftoff is a “blast” but the rest of the just over 5:00 minute ride is like a movie playing in front of you with shaking from the “capsule” you are in. It isn’t a major thrill ride but you definitely feel the G-Force.
Entertainment value: If you get in with your friends or family, play the part and bark orders or call out emergencies to make it more entertaining and subversive. Otherwise your just punching buttons.
Wait time: We have seen the ride wait time anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. It tends to get worse when Test Track is down.
Must ride: It’s a fun ride but if you don’t do it, you won’t be wishing you had.
Fast Pass worthiness: When Disney introduces the Fast Passes in parks again, you may get three choices, this one isn’t bad if you can’t some of the others.
Location: Head to the left after entering the park around the barricades of construction and you can’t miss it.