This weekend, as nearby Ellen's Energy Adventure prepares to say "goodbye," Epcot's Mission: Space will reopen — or, according to DisneyWorld.com — RELAUNCH! In addition offering a new Green Team experience that will send guests on an orbit around Earth, it has now been revealed that actress Gina Torres will appear in the preshow, presumably replacing the previous host, Gary Sinise. This detail was first noticed by WDWMagic, with Disney's site saying, "Before you board, actress Gina Torres will brief you as you prepare for your mission aboard the X-2 Deep Space Shuttle at the International Space Training Center (ISTC)." You might recognize Torres from Westworld, ABC's The Catch, or the cult classic TV show Firefly.
The relaunched Mission: Space will open at Epcot on August 13th.