Posted on October 23, 2009 - by MG
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Thus spake Little Daughter after experiencing the most hardcore simulator ride I’ve ever come across, Epcot’s Mission Space.
Despite numerous warnings, before and just prior to the ride, we chose the more challenging Orange Team mission. We laughed when they told us it was not for the wussy. I’ve never been on a ride where they tried so hard to talk you out of it. If you have any doubt whatsoever about which mission to pick, the ‘mission trainer’ urged, pick Green Team. Or dip out completely and go do some mission training at a console.
Remember Tomorrowland’s old ride, Mission to Mars? Well, this is a new mission to Mars but that’s where the resemblance ends. Once you’re in the ‘training capsule’ you’re subjected to actual G forces, as well as the usual simulator stuff, sudden turns and drops.
Fully, fully awesome. We last visited Epcot during the millenium celebrations and it’s changed quite a bit. Yet still, the ‘wow’ factor isn’t quite what it was in my first visits in the 1980s.
The truth is that the gap between Epcot’s vision of the world and the actual world has narrowed. Little Daughter’s jaw didn’t drop as mine had on first seeing a silent monorail glide around the futuristic buildings. How could it? She’d seen sleek monorail shuttles at the airports of Singapore, Detroit and Orlando. Fountains emerge from flat ground to dance in front of Heathrow Terminal 5. She’s been on the insanely high London Eye and seen our capital’s swanky new skyline.
Epcot is still seriously cool but it’s no longer an experimental prototype.
Do kids today even know what EPCOT means?
But then I’m nostalgic enough to miss Horizon and the Carousel of Progress.
*sob* damn you Disney, what have you done to my childhood memories?
Best ride at Epcot for little kids: The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Most physically challenging ride at Epcot: Mission Space Orange Team
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