Sep 27

Disney “Traveling Around The World”- Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland – Part 1 – Astro Orbiter


“Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the doors of the Space Age to achievements that will benefit our children and generations to come. The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future.” Walt Disney


Welcome back “World” travelers! As we leave the spinning tea cups, let’s try to get our bearings and head over to the land of tomorrow!  Tomorrowland is where we let our imagination take us into the future. Disney’s problem with Tomorrowland is that it has to keep it from becoming Yesterdayland. I think that Disney has done a great job of keeping the attractions here fresh and futuristic. Let’s start by taking flight high above the Magic Kingdom in the Astro Orbiter.

Soar high above Tomorrowland and enjoy a spectacular aerial view as you take a spin in a 2-person, rocket-like space vehicle. Use the joystick to pilot your rocket higher or lower as you orbit around a retro sci-fi style central structure full of brightly colored planets.

Entrance Sign by Elevators 

To access this attraction, you’ll enter a ground-level queue area, from which you’re divided into two holding areas. Each holding area loads into a separate elevator, which takes you up to the roof where the ride is located. There, you assemble into yet another holding area, until you’re released to select a vehicle. After the ride ends, you enter the same elevators to return to the ground level.

When you reach the top you will wait in another queue before you are loaded into your space ship. Let me stop here and just warn you that you will need some patience for this attraction. The loading and un-loading process is very slow. Between waiting in line to get on the elevator and waiting to load on your rocket ship, the whole process can really take some time. It is best to catch it early in the morning or late at night. Now that you have been warned, let me just say that your kids will love it and the views from the top of Tomorrowland is worth the wait.

The ride itself is like that of Dumbo or the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, that give the riders the ability to use the joy stick to move the rocket ship up and down. But you are in a rocket ship high above the park! How cool is that?!!!

My favorite time to ride the Astro Orbiter is late at night, flying high above the park, with all the cool planets and lights all around you. You feel like you are in outer space!

This attraction first opened in 1974, known then by its previous name Star Jets. It was reopened in 1994 when New Tomorrowland debuted after refurbishment. The spaceships travel at a speed of 11 rotations per minute, just a little under the speed of slowed sound. Each vehicle averages approximately 1.2 millions miles a year.

The Astro Orbiter may not be a big thrill ride but it does have a lot of charm and a really great “cool” factor. See you on the ground.



  • Those who are afraid of heights may not enjoy this ride.
  • Also those who are affected by motion sickness probably will not be comfortable.



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