Gary Sinise may no longer play a role in the opening narration of Epcot’s Mission: SPACE attraction but he is definitely missed. As a matter of fact, we have recently uncovered a special tribute left by Imagineers on the bottoms of the new children’s X-2 booster seats.
Let’s take a closer look:
As many of you may know, one of the roles that Gary Sinise is famous for is that of Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump. If you examine the serial number at the bottom of the seats you can see a little tribute to him.
Also if you look at the Part No. you can make out the words “We Miss”. Put that together with the serial number and you’ve got “We Miss, Lieutenant Dan.” A sign that Gary’s role is gone but not forgotten!
We hope you love this little tribute as much as we do.
Mission: SPACE was closed for a lengthy refurbishment earlier this year and re-opened last month. In addition to a new opening narration, updates were made to both the Orange and Green missions. Orange, the more intense ride experience, now takes visitors through an asteroid field, slingshots you around the moon and attempts to land on the surface of Mars. Mission Green, is a more family friendly low-intensity ride experience where guests can gaze down at Earth from space before landing at Kennedy Space Center.
In an attempt to make the ride more family friendly, younger astronauts are now able to ride the Green mission with the new X-2 booster seats that were shown above. This allows kids with heights between 40-44″ to enjoy the space adventure.
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