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Body Wars

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Body Wars

Body Wars Entrance

 This simulator attraction used the same technology as Star Tours and had its roots in the Disneyland attraction Adventure Thru Inner Space.  Guests entered the attraction and passed through the labs of Miniaturized Exploration Technologies.  Not surprisingly, those initials formed the name of the pavilion sponsor, MetLife.  The ride lasted for five and a half minutes and at one point, Fast Pass was available for it.  The last day this attraction operated was on January 1, 2007.  

MET Sign Wonders of Life

Queue Area Announcements:
(Thank you to Alex Newborn from for providing audio for transcription.)

Female Controller:  Attention all observation team members.  Before entering a body probe vehicle, you must pass through a level one and level two dermatopic purification screen.  Thank you.

Female Controller #2:  Body probe Zulu One Seven Four is ready for boarding in bay number one.  Will the scheduled spinal dura mater observation team please report to the boarding area?

Male Controller:  Body probe Sierra Six Five Seven is online for miniaturization in bay three.  Condition: code green.

Female Controller:  Will a molecular compression specialist please report to bay two?  Repeat, will a molecular compression specialist please report to bay number two?

Jane:   Hello, everyone, my name is Jane and I'm your orientation officer.  My job is to familiarize you with the process of miniaturization.  You'll be traveling in our ultra-comfortable LGS 250 body probe vehicle.  This ship is one of the newest in our fleet and weighs approximately 26 tons.  By way of a highly sophisticated and ingenious process, not only will your ship be miniaturized, it will be beamed below the skin of a volunteer so that you will be able to view the inner workings of the human body.  During this time, the ship will remain much smaller than the point of a pin and weigh less than a drop of water.  When your mission is over, the ship will be returned to full size, at the same exact coordinates from which it was miniaturized.  In the late 20th century, NASA began its exploration of space using unmanned vehicles.  In time, the space program became sophisticated enough to send men to the moon.  Our program began in much the same way.  Unmanned vehicles led the way, and today we have a fleet of four body probe shuttles sending miniaturized medical teams into the body on a daily basis.  From all of us here at the center, congratulations on becoming part of our miniaturization program.  We're sure that you'll be amazed by your mission into the body, and we hope that you enjoy and learn from your journey today.

(Note: Jane says there are four LGS 250's in the body probe shuttle fleet, yet if you pay close attention to the audio, you will hear call signs for a total of five: Zulu 174, Sierra 657, Bravo 229, Foxtrot 817, and Charlie 218.)

Male Controller:  Scott Carey.  Scott Carey, please report to the de-miniaturization briefing room.

Female Controller:  Will Dr. Humphrey, Dr. Victoria Humphrey, please pick up the epidermal cell scanner from bay number three?  Thank you.

Male Controller:  Body probe Bravo Two Two Niner has been rolled to the loading area in bay number two. Final clearance inspection now underway.  Condition: code yellow.

Female Controller:  Bay number three reports successful de-miniaturization of probe Foxtrot Eight One Seven.

Female Controller #2:  Attention, we have miniaturization of probe Zulu One Seven Four taking place in bay one. Zulu One Seven Four has been miniaturized and has entered the spinal dura mater.

Dr. Fletcher:  Oh, hello.  I'm Dr. Fletcher and I'm the chief scientist here at the miniaturization center.  Now, I'm sure you're all aware that our health is constantly being challenged by viruses, bacteria, and various other microorganisms.  Here, you see the body's white blood cells being mobilized to attack invading bacteria.  With miniaturization, it is now possible to go into the body aboard vehicles like this, and actually witness immune system activities firsthand.  Now, we do this for two reasons.  One, by directly observing the immune system, we are gaining valuable knowledge in the war against disease.  Two, we are now able to perform once-impossible operations from inside the body.  So as not to endanger our civilian observers, you'll be assigned to a routine mission in the subskin region, a relatively safe area in the body.  Don't worry, there will be plenty for you to see.

 Body Wars Preshow 1

Male Controller:  Attention.  Miniaturization of probe Sierra Six Five Seven now commencing in bay three. (sound effect) We have miniaturization and successful entry into the occipital frontalis muscle.

Female Controller:  Attention.  All personnel planning to explore the tympanic membrane, please report to Briefing Room One One Seven.

Female Controller #2:  Particle Reduction Technician Harris, that's Particle Reduction Technician Harris, please contact bay number one.

Female Controller:  Attention.  Bay four announces final clearance check for probe Charlie Two One Eight.  Passenger loading now underway.

Mission Control:  Hello, everyone, I'm your Mission Control officer.  Around me you see just a small part of the enormous team that is required to bring about a successful miniaturization.  While every mission has its special challenges, this group is dedicated to making each voyage a safe and productive one.  As your Control officer, my duties are vital to the success of your mission.  This state-of-the-art equipment enables me to supply your captain with essential navigational information, and to monitor the status of the onboard power and life-support systems.  I'll stay in contact with your ship at all times. (sound effect) I'm getting a signal that, uh, bay number four is ready for a miniaturization.  At this time, I'm going to switch your picture over to bay four (sound effect) so that we can all watch another probe like yours being miniaturized.  This is one of our body probes.  Onboard is the pilot and another group of civilians on a mission similar to yours.  This is one of our volunteers.  A few days ago, he bruised his arm in a fall.  This particular probe will be going just below the skin to the site of that bruise, so that its crew can study how the damaged cells are repairing themselves.  The subject has been thoroughly prepped and tested.  Of course, he will feel nothing during the mission because the probe entering his arm is approximately the size of a single human cell.

Female Medtech:   Are you comfortable?

Med One:  Med One reports ready to commence miniaturization procedure.

Mission Control:  Roger, Med One.  Charlie Two One Eight, this is Control, are you ready to go?

Female Pilot:  That's Charlie Two One Eight, all systems go.

Mission Control:  The particle reducer is being lowered into position now.

Med One:  Cellular compression unit engaged.

Mission Control:  Three... two... one... (sound effect)

Female Pilot:  Charlie Two One Eight, safe inside, headin' for the bruise area.

Mission Control:  Roger, Charlie Two One Eight.  All systems operating.  We've just received confirmation that probe and crew have penetrated the subcutaneous epidermal tier.  We are now... under the skin. (sound effect)  Ladies and gentlemen, your probe Bravo Two Two Niner is being prepared.  I'll be seeing you before you board with some specifics about your mission.

Body Wars Preshow 2

Mission Control:  You have now reached your body probe boarding area.  As your Control Officer, I'd like to give you some important information about your mission.  This is Dr. Cynthia Lair, one of our foremost immunologists.  Ten minutes ago, she was miniaturized and beamed to the site of a splinter in the right index finger of a volunteer.  Her objective is to conduct tests on the immune system's response to that splinter.  You will be onboard body probe Bravo Two Two Niner.  Your mission will take you to the location of that splinter.  Once there, your probe will rendezvous with Dr. Lair, and bring her out.  I'm attempting to contact Dr. Lair right now, we'll see if we can get a report on how her experiment is proceeding.  Dr. Lair, this is Mission Control, your recovery team is with me.  Can you tell us how your experiment has been going?

Dr. Lair:  Fantastic! The mission has been a complete success.

Mission Control:  Can you give our observers a brief description of your objectives?

Dr. Lair:  Sure.  I'm here to study the inflammatory response of the neutrophils as they react to invading bacteria.

Mission Control:  In layman's terms, please, Dr. Lair.

Dr. Lair:  Simply speaking, I'm here to observe the speed and effectiveness of the white blood cells as they rush to protect the body from infection.

Mission Control:  Thank you, Dr. Lair.  Bravo Two Two Niner will be on its way shortly to pick you up.

Dr. Lair:  See you soon.

Mission Control:  I'd now like to introduce you to your pilot, a person who has been with this program since its inception.  Captain, are you ready?

Captain Braddock:  Hello everyone, I'm Captain Braddock.  I'm glad you'll be joining me aboard Bravo Two Two Niner.

Mission Control:  Captain, how are your pre-launch preparations going?

Captain Braddock:  I am almost cleared for launch here, Control, let's see ... field reverse is on.  Check.  Life support systems activated.  Check. Fuel cells, full and functioning.  Check.  Folks, I need to make one final radio check with Dr. Lair; we're just about set to go. (sound fx) Hello, Dr. Lair, this is Captain Braddock aboard Bravo Two Two Niner.  How's the weather in there?

Dr. Lair:  Clear and warm, Captain.  About 98.6.  Actually, it's a little warmer by the infection site.

Captain Braddock:  Very good.  Over.  Well, friends, we're about ready for launch. But before you board, I'm going to give you back to Mission Control so you can get some final instructions.

Mission Control:  At this time, we ask that you please pay attention to this important boarding information.  When the probe doors have opened, please proceed directly into the vehicle, and all the way across your aisle, filling in every available seat.  For your protection, all observation team members are required to wear safety restraints throughout the mission.  To fasten the restraint, pull the strap out from the right side of the seat, and snap it into the buckle on your left.  Mission Control specifies that all carry-on items be safely stowed beneath your seat.  To maintain the required cleanliness for a mission of this kind, smoking is prohibited.  And while onboard, we ask that you refrain from using flash photography.  Your vehicle, Bravo Two Two Niner, is now ready.  Please begin immediate boarding, and have a safe and informative journey.

Body Wars Attraction Transcript
After the preshow, guests would board a LGS 250 Body Probe Vehicle piloted by Captain Braddock (Tim Matheson).  

Body Wars ride vehicle

Captain Braddock:  Hello again, everyone.  We'll be getting underway momentarily.

Mission Control:  Bravo Two Two Niner, are you ready to initiate launch?

Captain Braddock:  That is affirmative, Control.  All systems go.

Mission Control:  Begin initial reduction sequence.

Captain Braddock:  Reduction sequence begun.  We're now approaching the miniaturization room... (sound effect) where the technicians will focus a particle beam on our ship.

Technician:  Particle reducer, engaged.

Mission Control:  Roger.

Captain Braddock:  Entry depth set at 200 microns.

Mission Control:  Bravo Two Two Niner, begin reduction mode... now.  Three... two... one.

Captain Braddock:  Hold on, everybody! (sound effect) Control, this is Bravo Two Two Niner.  We're under the skin.  Everything looks fine.

Mission Control:  Roger.

Captain Braddock   Folks, directly in front of us is a group of white blood cells on their way to destroy the splinter.  There it is now.  There sure is a lot of activity out there.  Dr. Lair, we're experiencing some turbulence.  I advise you to come aboard immediately.

Body Wars splinter

Dr. Lair:  In a minute, Captain.  I need to take one more cell count.

Captain Braddock:  Roger.  We're standing by.

Dr. Lair:  We're gathering a lot of valuable information here.  I hope that -- Mayday!

Captain Braddock:  Dr. Lair, are you okay?

Dr. Lair:  Mayday!  I'm being pulled into a capillary!

Captain Braddock:  Hang on, I'm coming to get you.

Mission Control:  Braddock, what's going on?

Captain Braddock:  I'm in the vein.  Dr. Lair needs help.

Mission Control:  Get her onboard that ship, Captain.  You're in an unauthorized area. (Note:  see Revised Sequence below.)

Dr. Lair:  I'm being pulled... toward the heart!

Mission Control:  Braddock!  Watch your pressure.  Your ship could be crushed.

Dr. Lair:  I'm in the right ventricle!

Captain Braddock:  We're right behind you. (sound effect)  Well, that can't be good.

Mission Control:  Our instruments show you down to half power.

Captain Braddock:  I know, we lost a fuel cell!  Gotta get out on the next beat.

Mission Control:  You're heading for the lungs, Captain.  Air current's extremely hazardous.

Captain Braddock:  I have to chance it.

Dr. Lair:  Braddock, if you read me, I'm in the lungs. (Note: see Revised Sequence below)

Captain Braddock:  I've got you in my sight, Doctor.

Mission Control:  Your fuel's running low.  You're down to quarter power.

Captain Braddock:  Doctor, I've lost you.  Where'd you go?

Dr. Lair:  I'm in an air sac, I need some help here.  I'm being attacked by a white blood cell.

Captain Braddock:  I see you!  I'm gonna use the lasers to try and stun it.

Dr. Lair:  Hurry! (sound effect)

Captain Braddock:  Quick!  Into the ship!

Dr. Lair:  I'm in.

Captain Braddock:  Control, I've got Dr. Lair.

Mission Control:  Braddock, you've used too much power.  You can't beam out.

Captain Braddock:  We need an energy boost.

Dr. Lair:  The brain.  It works on electrical impulse.

Captain Braddock:  How do we get there?

Dr. Lair:  Through that capillary.

Mission Control:  We're tracking you to the heart again!

Dr. Lair:  It's our only choice.

Captain Braddock:  The current is too strong.  The rudders won't respond.   Alright, I've got it now.

Dr. Lair:  Okay, we're in the heart's left atrium.

Mission Control:  Braddock, your power is decreased to five percent.  Repeat, five percent.

Captain Braddock:  I'm gonna use the heartbeat to propel us.  You ready?  Now!

Dr. Lair:  Turn!  Take a right!  Oh!  We're in the cerebral artery.  It's taking us to the brain.  We're just above the brain, in the spinal fluid. (sound effect)

Mission Control:  Your power is down to two percent.  If you can get power, I can beam you out of there.

Captain Braddock:  We're gonna need some electricity, fast.

Dr. Lair:  We're gonna have to cross the blood-brain barrier.  Can you get us inside?

Captain Braddock:  It's gonna take all the power we have left.  Here we go.

Dr. Lair:  The cerebral cortex!  We're inside the brain!

Captain Braddock:  I'm gonna deploy the fuel cell shield, and hope it works like a lightning rod.

Mission Control:  Braddock, your power is gone.  We can't get you out.  Repeat, your power is gone.

Dr. Lair:  This neuron better fire. (sound effect)

Captain Braddock:  Come on, hit the shield.  Hit the shield!

Mission Control:  You have power!

Dr. Lair:  We did it!

Mission Control:  We're beaming you out.

Dr. Lair:  Incredible!  Do you realize what we just did?

Mission Control:  I'll tell you what you did.  You broke every regulation in the book.

Dr. Lair:  Control, we were the first to go through the heart, lungs, and brain.

Mission Control:  You also managed to pull off the most spectacular mission this place has ever seen.  Congratulations.
(applause from Mission Control crew)

Captain Braddock:  Thank you, Control.  Uh, folks, you can unlatch your safety belt by pushing the button on your left.  Please exit the ship to your right, don't forget your personal belongings.  Oh, and... welcome home.

Revised Version of Body Wars Lung Sequence
 This simulator ride was rougher than the ride in Star Tours.  The effects in the lungs were so nausea-inducing to some riders that the film had to be edited because many people couldn't handle the back and forth motion.  

Captain Braddock:  I'm in a vein.  Dr. Lair needs help.

Mission Control:  Get her onboard that ship, Captain. (The line about unauthorized areas is removed in this later version.)

Dr. Lair:  I'm being pulled... toward the heart!

Mission Control   Braddock!  Watch your pressure.  Your ship could be crushed.

Dr. Lair:  I'm in the right ventricle!

Captain Braddock:  We're right behind you. (sound effect) Well, that can't be good.

Mission Control:  Our instruments show you down to half power.

Captain Braddock:  I know, we lost a fuel cell!  Gotta get out on the next beat.

Mission Control:  You're heading for the lungs, Captain.  Air current's extremely hazardous.

Captain Braddock:  I have to chance it.

Dr. Lair:  Braddock, if you read me, I'm in the lungs.

(The film is spliced here with a quick crossfade, losing four lines of dialogue, while the following lines are slightly reordered from their original version.)

Captain Braddock:  I see you!

Dr. Lair:  I'm being attacked by a white blood cell.

Captain Braddock:  I'm gonna use the lasers to try and stun it.

The 70mm film was directed by none other than Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy!

Body Wars film credits sign

Epcot guide featuring Body Wars
(Photo courtesy of Johnny Casella.)

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