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Disney launches Mission: SPACE

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August 15, 2003 — The excitement, thrill and rush of rocketing into outer space has come to Walt Disney World's Epcot with the opening today of Mission: SPACE to the public.

Visitors who "accept the mission" will engage in an experience that launches them into a simulated space adventure -- from liftoff to the sensations of traveling though outer space on a mission to Mars.

Mission: SPACE represents a collaboration between Disney Imagineers and HP inventors that is designed to capture the imagination of kids and adults who are fascinated by the courage, skill and daring of manned space flight.

"The combination of creative and entertainment magic of Disney and the technology of HP create an experience that our guests can get nowhere else in the world," said Al Weiss, president of Walt Disney World Resort. "Epcot is the perfect setting, continuing the park's dedication to the explorer in all of us."

Mission: SPACE is the most technologically advanced attraction ever created by Disney. In association with former NASA advisors, astronauts and scientists, Walt Disney Imagineering developed Mission: SPACE as the first ride system ever created to take guests straight up in simulated flight.

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