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Is Mission: SPACE Too Scary For Kids? Parents Guide To Rides At Disney

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EPCOT has a variety of attractions, but your kids may not be ready for all of them. Is Mission: SPACE kid-friendly and ok for your children? This parents ride guide will help you decide if Mission Space is too scary for kids in your household. 

Is Mission Space scary for kids? Parents ride guide. Space themed building and ride vehicle for Mission Space.

This Parents Ride Guide is part of a series focusing on the elements of Disney World and Disneyland attractions that might be unexpectedly scary for your kids. This post will mention details that could be considered spoilers, so please read with caution.

About Mission: SPACE

From the Walt Disney World Website:

Blast off on a thrilling simulated NASA-style mission to Mars—or orbit the Earth on a more gentle ride through space.

Mission: SPACE Green vs Orange

There are two ride options for Mission: SPACE Green vs Orange.

The Orange side is more intense whereas the Green side is much gentler.

mission space green vs orange. Is Mission Space scary? parents ride guide

On the Orange side, your ride vehicle will actually spin and you will reach 2.5 Gs (and you’ll feel it!).


On the Green side, your ride vehicle will simply rock and move, much like the simulator attraction Star Tours in Hollywood Studios.

If you are riding for the first time and are unsure how your child will react to the intensity of “going to space” with the G-Forces, take a trip on the Green vs Orange side first.

We think both sides offer a thrilling experience, but one may leave your stomach feeling queasy for a bit afterward.

is mission space too scary for kids? parents ride guide.

Is Mission: SPACE Too Scary For Kids? Parents Guide To Rides At Disney

As always, you know your child best.

Disney doesn’t try to make rides that are too scary for kids, but some children may have unexpected reactions to certain experiences at Disney World or Disneyland.

This parent ride guide to Mission: SPACE will let you know about elements that kids may find concerning or scary before you get in line.

In this series, we’ll run down the ride basics to include if there are flashing lights, loud noises, spins, drops, jump scare elements, dark moments, scary themes, and overall general speed or intensity.

ride vehicle for Mission Space at Epcot.

What Does The Ride Vehicle Look Like For Mission: SPACE?

Each ride vehicle is an enclosed capsule that seats 4 people.

The seats and armrests are padded, and there is an overhead shoulder restraint.

Enclosed Space On Mission: SPACE

The most concerning aspect that makes Mission: Space scary is the enclosed space.

If you are claustrophobic or your child experiences concerns about being enclosed, this attraction will be too scary no matter if you ride orange vs green on Mission: Space.

Is Mission Space scary at Disney World? Enclosed ride vehicle shows very tight closed capsule.

Does Mission: Space Go Upside Down?

No, Mission: Space does not go upside down at any point in the ride.

It does spin, however, if you are on the Orange mission. If you are prone to motion sickness, you should choose the Green mission vs the Orange mission.

In both cases, your vehicle is one of 10 identical capsules attached to an arm that is further attached to a central hub that can spin.

When the hub spins on the Orange side, you’ll experience G-Forces that push you to the back of your seat.

Think of the spinning carnival rides that press you up against the wall.

You will pivot as you spin, but you do not go upside down.

The Green mission does not spin, but simply pivots and rocks in place. It will not have the G-Force feelings that the Orange side experiences.

does mission space go upside down? Inside of mission space capsule shows flashing lights and stick controller.

Darkness May Make MISSION: SPACE Too Scary For Some Kids

The ride is a dark ride and your mission takes place in a darkened space capsule.

There is a screen in front of you and lights are flashing within the cabin, so it is not total darkness.

But it is still considered a dark ride.

Scary Themes

In both missions, your capsule encounters some problems and your mission is in peril.

Disney’s version of peril, of course, means no one is really at any risk!

But the theme or idea of being stranded in space could be concerning for young astronauts.

Mission: Space astronaut suits in the queue line. Is this a scary ride at Epcot?

Is Mission: SPACE Too Scary For Kids: G-Force and Speed

If you are on the Orange side, you will reach spinning speeds of up to 35 mph.

You’ll also experience G-Forces of about 2.5.

There are vomit bags inside each capsule for anyone who finds the Gs too much to handle on the mission.

On the Green side, your vehicle doesn’t spin and you don’t experience the Gs. You won’t need the vomit bags on this side (but they are available, just in case)!

Height requirements for Mission Space. You must be 40 inches to ride the green side and 44 inches to ride the orange.

Age Rating: What Ages of Kids Can Ride Mission: SPACE?

As always, you know your kids best.

Any kid that can handle Star Tours in Hollywood Studios as far as movement goes can enjoy Mission: SPACE green side.

The biggest stressors for most people on Mission: Space is the enclosed capsule and the propensity for motion sickness. You may leave the Orange side feeling dizzy or nauseous.

If your family doesn’t have issues with either of those, you’re likely good to blast off!

You have to be 40 inches to ride Green and 44 inches to ride Orange, however.

We think most kids ages 4 and up will do fine with the Green mission and suggest waiting until the child is a little older for the Orange mission.

IYKYK! Vomit bags are available in the Mission: Space capsules.

Watch The Full Mission: SPACE Ride Through

Sometimes it helps to watch the full ride-through experience to decide if a theme park ride is kid-friendly for your family.

Here is a ride-through of Mission: SPACE ORANGE to help you know if it’s too scary!

Parents Ride Guide Tip Sheet: Mission: SPACE

An immersive simulator that brings you into space as you complete a mission. Located in Epcot at Walt Disney World.

  • Dark Ride
  • Adventurous theme
  • Loud noises and bright, flashing lights
  • The spinning side can cause motion sickness
  • 40-Inch height requirement for the Green side and 44-Inch height requirement for the Orange side.
  • Seats 4 people in one capsule, 10 capsules per chamber.
  • No big drops, does not go upside down

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