Astro Orbiter is a Tomorrowland attraction that first opened in 1974 (three years after Walt Disney World opened) – but back then, it was known by its previous name Star Jets. It reopened in 1994 when New Tomorrowland debuted, and the land’s reimagining brought a new Jules Verne-inspired look to the ride.
There is a similar attraction at each Disney themed park.
- On Tomorrowland Transit Authority, the ride is referred to as League of Planets Astro Orbiter
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.
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, when your ride on Astro Orbitor ends, you get back in the elevator and ride back to Mother Earth.
Astro Orbiter is similar to Dumbo, as it goes round and round, up and down. But for good measure and a little more discomfort, it’s about 500 feet in the air. (It’s only about 60, but it feels like more.)
Hop in the rocket and for the next minute and a half take a good look at Tomorrowland.
Astro Orbiter Ride Information
|Description: High flying, motion, guest controlled ride in spaceship ride vehicle
|Height Requirement: None
|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
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.