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Astro Orbiter is another of Uncle Walt’s genius rides. Take a normal, aging, midway ride and dress it up like a spaceship. Throw it on top of a building and poof, a new thrill ride is born.
Jump on the people mover (elevator that takes guest to the attraction) and ride to the retro-futuristic version of a rocket ship and blast off to nowhere. You can control the height of the space vehicle by using the joystick.
Danger Will Robinson –
- Those who are afraid of heights may not enjoy this ride.
- Also those who are affected by motion sickness probably will not be comfortable.
Like a lot of the original rides, there isn’t much of a preshow. You ride the elevator up to the top of Rockettower Plaza and line up for the ride.
Just like the Preshow you get back in the elevator and ride back to Mother Earth. Dad usually kisses the ground when he gets back down.
You do get a great view of Tomorrowland
Astro Orbiter is one of those Dumbo on steroids rides that goes round and round, up and down. But for good measure and a little more discomfort, Uncle Walt put it up about 500 feet in the air. (It’s only about 60, but it feels like five hundred.)
Hop in the rocket and for the next minute and a half take a good look at Tomorrowland.
Dad’s Tomorrowland page
Dad’s Ride Information Table
|Description: High flying, motion, guest controlled ride in spaceship ride vehicle|
|Height Requirement – none||FastPass:Yes||Length of Ride: 1 min 30 sec|
|Type of ride: Midway like centrifuge ride|
|Other Information: Another round and round ride accentuated by the height|
Riding high at night
The Fine Print
Here’s some small print information
- Guest should be in good health and free from heart, back, or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that may be aggravated.
- Guests must transfer from wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to board the ride.
- Guest with young children may take turns, see cast member for details.
Here are some interesting tidbits –
- The ships travel at a speed of 11 rotation per minute.
- Each vehicle averages about 1.2 million miles a year.
This attraction first opened in 1974 (3 years after Walt Disney World opened) known by its previous name Star Jets, reopened in 1994 when New Tomorrowland debuted.
- There is a similar attraction at each Disney themed park.
- The 1994 refurbishment brought the new “Jules Verne” look.
- On Tomorrowland Transit Authority, the ride is referred to as League of Planets Astro Orbiter
Dad’s Bottom Line
This is another of those rides that Dad has a problem with. Not that the ride is anything bad, it’s just that it goes round and round. The fact that it’s like 100 miles up in the air makes it even worse.