Video: Mission: SPACE Breaks Down, Guests Stuck Inside Ride Vehicles

Mission Space
Credit: Disney (left); @waltdisneyworldparks (right)

Footage of Guests getting stuck on a Walt Disney World attraction is nothing new. But there are times when we stumble upon still some stuck Guest perspectives that are new or at the very least rare enough to warrant the spotlight for 30 seconds.

One such story happened recently on what could be argued as the worst ride to ever get stuck on: Mission: SPACE at EPCOT.

One unlucky Guest posted his experience to TikTok, humorously dubbing in one of the most iconic astronaut quotes of all time: “Houston, we have a problem.”

Check it out:


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♬ original sound – DisneyWorldTom

From the Cast Member announcement, it appears that the ride experienced “technical difficulties” just before “liftoff,” and the delay was spun as a hold in the countdown. It should be noted that countdown holds happen all the time before SpaceX, NASA, and other space missions. So, even amid a near breakdown, the attraction’s level of immersion was sustained.

Mission: SPACE

Credit: D23

It is unclear how long the Mission was delayed as well as what caused the technical difficulties.

Situated in World Discovery–formerly known as Future World–Mission: SPACE is known for its ultra-realistic flight simulator experience strapping Guests into a very tight cockpit. Guests are warned multiple times, “if you are uncomfortable with enclosed dark spaces, simulators, or spinning, you should exit the flight training area now.” Now, imagine being stuck inside without having the ride’s story to distract you.

Mission Space

Credit: Disney

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The thrill ride attraction offers two different ride experiences: the Green Mission and Orange Mission. The Green Mission is an Earth Mission that takes Guests into orbit with no G force. The Orange Mission is a Mars Mission that simulates the g forces experienced in space flight. For Guests who are not enticed by either mission, the Advanced Training Lab offers mission control training.

The Walt Disney World Resort describes Mission: SPACE on its website as the following:

You Are Go for Launch

What’s it like to be an astronaut? You’ll find out on Mission: SPACE!

Before you board, you’ll train for your mission on the X-2 Deep Space Shuttle at the International Space Training Center (ISTC). Each member of your 4-cadet crew will assume an important role: navigator, pilot, commander or engineer. During your flight, cadets will be instructed to initiate a mission-critical sequence… so be prepared!

Next, count down to liftoff—and an incredible mission through space. Dodge meteorites and slingshot around the moon—or enjoy a flight path with breathtaking views of our home planet.

Your crew is counting on you to make the mission a success!

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to keep our readers updated on Disney news as more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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