On the east side of Spaceship Earth is the Neighborhood of World Discovery where stories about science, technology, and intergalactic adventure come to life. Here you will find the tried and true attractions of Mission: Space and Test Track as well as the park’s newest restaurant, Space 220,a culinary experience featuring the celestial panorama of a space station, including daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up. And now, new for 2022, is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, the first “other-world” showcase pavilion at Epcot where you’ll find a storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.
= Cara's Favorite
Just wow! That is precisely what comes to mind when I think about this new Walt Disney World attraction, perhaps the best I’ve experienced thus far. It’s a reverse-launch intergalactic chase through space on one of the largest fully-enclosed coasters in the world. And since it rotates 360 degrees, you can fully concentrate on all the action! You won’t believe this mind-blowing ride. Totally out of this world!
Five-minute ride with a short pre-show. Minimum height: 42 inches. Not recommended for expectant mothers or those with back, heart, or neck problems.
The year is 2036. You’re off to Mars in an X-2 Deep Space Shuttle with a team of four—Commander, Pilot, Navigator, and Engineer. As the engines rumble seats tilt back in preparation for countdown and then a WOW of a liftoff! Experience the heart-palpitating, G-force thrill of rocketing into outer space through clouds of exhaust. As you peer out the window into a computer-generated imagery of space panic sets in. But after the first thirty seconds or so you’ll settle down for the ride of your life with a brief sense of weightlessness, a slingshot maneuver around the moon, and one heck of a landing on Mars. What a rush! Afterward head to the Advanced Training Lab where you can further your space training in a rocket race from Mars to Earth.
4-minute ride with a short pre-show. Minimum height: 44 inches. Single Rider attraction. An adult must accompany children under the age of seven. This is a highly turbulent motion simulator ride and not recommended for expectant mothers or those with high blood pressure, back, heart, or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions.
Cara’s Tip: Those who want a milder alternative to this somewhat disconcerting ride may choose a less intense version by entering the “green” line, one that eliminates the spinning centrifuge.
In a six-passenger vehicle riders move through a series of rigorous tests normally used on prototype cars. Completely redesigned, the attraction has a much more high-tech feel than its previous incarnation with all-new exhibits, videos, and interaction areas in the queue, each pertaining to the design process. Begin your journey at the Chevrolet Design Studios where you’ll have the chance to design and customize your very own concept car on a touch pad kiosk, something you will use in various capacities throughout the rest of the attraction. Then board your six-passenger Sim car and proceed through a futuristic darkness with high-tech lighting for a series of tests and scans including the rigors of off-road driving and extreme weather challenges, responsiveness, and automated crashes, ending in a long-awaited power test where you will barrel outside onto a high-speed banking loop at more than 60 mph. It’s quite a ride, not really scary but fast and absolutely loads of fun!
Five-minute ride with a short pre-show. Minimum height: 40 inches. Single Rider attraction. An adult must accompany children under the age of seven. Not recommended for expectant mothers or those with back, heart, or neck problems. Closed in inclement weather.
Cara’s Tip: If you are willing to ride without other members of your party, the single rider’s line is a much quicker alternative; simply ask for directions at the entrance.