- “Control, we were the first to go through the heart, lungs and brain!”
- ―Dr. Cynthia Lair
Body Wars was a motion simulator ride in the Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot. The premise of the attraction had guests shrunk to survey a mission carried out inside a human body. The ride film was directed by Leonard Nimoy, and utilizes the ATLAS simulation technology used in Star Tours.
In the original 1977 designs for the "LIfe and Health Pavilion", the main attraction was to be an Omnimover attraction called "The Incredible Journey Within" taking guests on a journey through the human body and circulatory system aboard "Blood cell" vehicles. Featuring oversized sets and animated props including a 35 foot tall heart, the concept proved difficult in attracting a sponsor and there were maintenance cost concerns as well.
With the development of Star Tours however, a simulator system looked to be a more practical solution to the design problems. Additionally, this would allow Epcot to receive its first thrill attraction, something which executives saw as desirable.
Guests enter the queue as "observation team members" recruited by MET and are told by overhead announcements that they must pass the "Level 1 and Level 2 dermatopic purification screens" to enter the body-probe vehicle. In the queue and loading area, announcements are made about details of the four bays.
Dr. Cynthia Lair has volunteered to be miniaturized and enter a patient's body to observe how white-blood cells attack a splinter. The guests are told they will board the Bravo 229 probe ship with Captain Braddock piloting the ship to go inside him and meet up with Dr. Lair and bring her out. Guests learn that their "LGS 2050"-type probe vehicle weighs approximately 26 tons, but once miniaturized, weighs less than a drop of water.
The guests' ship, Bravo 229, moves from the loading bay to the miniaturization chamber, where technicians focus a "particle reducer" on the ship. The ship and crew mates are miniaturized and sent under the patient's skin. When inside the patient, they see white blood cells on their way to destroy the splinter.
The guests arrive at the splinter, meeting with Dr. Lair as she begins to take a cell count when she is accidentally pulled into a capillary. Braddock follows her into the vein, entering an unauthorized area. Braddock steers the ship past the heart and into the right ventricle. The guests enter the lungs where Dr. Lair is being attacked by a white blood cell. Braddock uses his lasers to free her and have her come aboard.
By now, the ship is very low on power. Dr. Lair suggests that they use the brain's energy to recharge it. Passing the heart's left atrium, the ship goes through the artery to get to the brain. A neuron contacts the ship, allowing it to regain power and de-miniaturize outside of the patient's body. The team members are then congratulated for a successful rescue as guests exit the ship.
- Tim Matheson as Captain Braddock
- Dakin Matthews as Mission Commander
- Elisabeth Shue as Dr. Cynthia Lair
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