Mission: SPACE Advanced Training Lab
This complex, in the post-show area of Mission: SPACE may take up as much of your time as it did to get through the line for the ride. The area has a space themed playground for the youngest children and other space mission computer games for everybody else, including an interactive game that pits two teams of 30 players against each other. You can also email a short video of you and your party as kiosks set up for this.
- Location: On the left side of the park, between Universe of Energy and Test Track.
- Date Opened: 10/1/2003
- Capacity: Sixty players can join in each 15-minute running of the Space Race game. There are several stations for the 4-minute single player Expedition: Mars game.
- # of Shows: Continuous throughout day
- Characters: None
- Photos and Autographs: No
- Wait Times: Lines tend to move quickly, but it can be 10-15 minutes to get onto one of the non-Space Race activities. The Space Race game may require waiting two or three games before getting on, and each game is 15 minutes.
- Length of Show: Self Guided
- FastPass: No
- Queue Description: None
- Health Restriction:
- Ride Access: All of the locations in the Advanced Training Lab are wheelchair and ECV accessible except for some areas of the multi-level Space Base playground.
- Wheelchair Transfer:
- Service Animals: Yes
- Audio: No assistance is offered for the limited audio areas of the Advanced Training Labs.
- Weight and Size Issues:
- Height Restriction:
- Child Swap:
- Other Issues:
- At this location: The original attraction in this location was Horizons, which opened on October 1, 1983, one year after Epcot. Horizons was an attraction in which the focus was on what it would be like living in the future and past interpretations of what the future would be like. Using an omnimover ride system, riders saw scenes depicting Jules Verne's conception of the future around 1900, then robot servants and flying saucers of the 1940s and 1950s(including a TV playing the song "There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" from Magic Kingdom's Carousel of Progress. Riders then moved into a theater and saw a 70mm film called Omnisphere that showed a space shuttle launch and a theoretical space colony.
After this animatronic scenes of the future showed crops growing in deserts, living undersea, and a space colony. In a unique feature, the ride concluded with riders voting on which future they would like to see more of.
The ride closed for several years in 1993, but reopened when World of Motion closed to build Test Track from 1996-1998. Once Test Track opened, Horizons closed for good. Unlike other attraction changes were a show building and general track are reused, the Horizons structure was completely razed for construction of Mission: SPACE.
- The attraction remains unchanged since it opened in 2003.
- Other Trivia:
- Sponsors: As with the Mission: SPACE ride itself, Hewlett-Packard has sponsored the Advanced Training Labs since the attraction opened.
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