Mission Space "Gravity Wheel" Not Rotating?

Timekeeper

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The "gravity wheel" in the Mission Space queue wasn't rotating last week. Is it down? Or, maybe it was just off at the time?

Sorry if this was already discussed - nothing turned up as a result of my cursory forum search.

If it is down for some reason, maybe they could just, you know, add some strobe lights, ala disco wheel. o_O
 

Vader2112

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They needed some spare parts to work the Mike Wasozski project on SSE????
I have heard some other complaints this past week about screens on the rides not working and flickering on and off... IS it the Ghost of Horizons?
 

DizFiz

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Come to think of it all the times I've ridden Mission Space I never once look at the Gravity Wheel but then again the line was never long enough... I really wish on seem rides the lines were long enough so I can get a nice relaxing tour of the que line.
 

BoarderPhreak

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I don't recall ever seeing that thing rotate, LOL. But it must have at some point - note the different positions...

P.S. Did you know there's a tribute to Horizons located on the wheel? The logo is at the center! :)





 

MarkTwain

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It definitely rotated for at least a few years. I remember how much it captured my imagination when I was younger. The Space Mountain upside-down astronauts visible from the PeopleMover used to similarly impress me. I would argue that the M:S's spinning capsule did more to get me to think about the potentials of space as a kid (you can walk on ANY surface... build on anything... put doors on the ceiling) than the attraction did.

I think an entire space-themed dark ride featuring those kind of anti-gravity scenes, maybe aboard a futuristic space station, with upside down AAs or scenes that rotated around you, would be really cool.
 

Tom Morrow

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It normally rotates and has at least until very recently. Lets hope we don't end up adding this to the list of effects that break and never return.
 

Calvin Coolidge

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Disappointing about the gravity wheel; the queue is my favorite part of Mission: Space.

I think an entire space-themed dark ride featuring those kind of anti-gravity scenes, maybe aboard a futuristic space station, with upside down AAs or scenes that rotated around you, would be really cool.

Sometimes, conventional ride styles executed exceptionally can be a more unique experience than a totally unique ride system.

I tend to agree that a Space-themed dark ride would be preferable to Mission: Space. I also think that it might be nice to split the "pavilion" (that is, make it a real pavilion, and not just a ride and a gift shop) into half-ride, half-planetarium show. One of the things that I've liked about Epcot, historically, is that it took conventional educational experiences (edutainment, if you will) like museums, aquariums, IMAX/3D movies, and motion simulator attractions and built them on a grander scale (see: the former Living Seas pavilion, my favorite part of Epcot, as the best example). I bet Imagineering could do something really cool with the concept of a planetarium show, like you'd see in any American city, and build in on a whole other level.

Oh well.
 

rsoxguy

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It has not worked the last two or three times that rode, with a time period covering last December through this Spring.
 

Timekeeper

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It definitely rotated for at least a few years. I remember how much it captured my imagination when I was younger. The Space Mountain upside-down astronauts visible from the PeopleMover used to similarly impress me. I would argue that the M:S's spinning capsule did more to get me to think about the potentials of space as a kid (you can walk on ANY surface... build on anything... put doors on the ceiling) than the attraction did.

Agreed! That, for me, has become such an iconic image. :)

 
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