Disney to rework popular ride

Florida’s Walt Disney World is creating a gentler version of its popular Mission: Space thrill ride at the Epcot Center, it was reported Wednesday.

The ride simulates a spaceship launch, flight and landing with four separate centrifuge systems, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel noted.

Disney announced Tuesday it would turn off one of the centrifuge systems for riders who either do not want or medically tolerate cannot the spinning.

Two people have died on the ride — a German tourist April 12 and a 4-year-old boy last year, the newspaper noted, but Disney said it did not take the deaths into account when it decided to tone down the ride.

“By offering a second adventure, we hope to broaden the appeal of Mission: Space and enable even more guests to experience the attraction,” Resort President Al Weiss said in a prepared statement.

Nearly 12 million people have ridden Mission: Space since it opened during the summer of 2003.



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