Travel to Mars and back on this iconic Epcot ride (Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

Mission: SPACE is one of the most intense attractions at the Walt Disney World resort. For over 15 years guests of Epcot have ventured to Mars on this one-of-a-kind attraction. With so many new changes coming to Epcot in the near future, today we’re sharing four out-of-this-world facts about Mission: SPACE.

New Horizons
This attraction opened in Epcot in the year 2003, but before Mission: SPACE, there was Horizons. Horizons was a dark ride, omnimover attraction in Future World. This attraction opened one year after Epcot, on October 1, 1983 and eventually closed for good on January 9, 1999. The attraction building was completely demolished to make way for Mission: SPACE. Although Horizons is long gone, Mission: SPACE still pays tribute to this original attraction that occupied the space. The Horizons logo can be found at the front of the cash register counter in the attraction’s gift shop and the logo can be found on the rotating wheel in the queue. 

HP Lounge
Many of Epcot’s buildings feature secret sponsor lounges for the companies that helped to fund the attraction. Inside of the Mission: SPACE building on the second floor, there’s a sponsor lounge for employees and executives of HP since this company is the attraction’s sponsor. The lounge overlooks portions of the queue and attraction, which gives these employees and executives a different point of view! This lounge is also utilized by “Make A Wish” foundation children who may need a break from the heat in the hot, Florida park.

Two Versions
Since this attraction is so intense, it actually features two different versions for guests to experience. If you’re looking for the normal, more intense version of the attraction you can join the Orange Team. If you’d rather play on the safe side and experience the less intense version, join the Green Team. When the attraction first launched guests could only experience the Orange Team, but as time went on it became necessary for a less intense version of the attraction to emerge. 

Space 220
In Winter of this year, the Mission: SPACE pavilion will be welcoming a brand-new restaurant experience. This new restaurant promises to be an out-of-this-world culinary experience, featuring the celestial panorama of a space station! Guests who dine here will even enjoy daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up in space. The winter season will be here before we know it, so it won’t be long until guests can experience this new restaurant for themselves!

While Mission: SPACE may not be a fan-favorite Disney attraction, this ride provides guests with an exciting experience of traveling to Mars! So next time you’re spending time in Future World, don’t forget to swing by this attraction and check it out for yourself.