Astro Orbiter loads fairly slowly so even if there aren’t many people in front of you, your wait time could reach 40 minutes on busy days at Magic Kingdom® Park. If you don’t experience Astro Orbiter early in the morning within the first hour after park opening, we suggest saving it for later in the last 2 hours before park closing. The line will be shorter and the views of Tomorrowland® Area at night are amazing.
Although the concept is similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant® and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Astro Orbiter flies much higher and much faster. If you’re prone to motion sickness, Astro Orbiter may make you dizzy. This is an exciting attraction for kids since there is no height requirement. Tad and Lily love controlling how high and low their "rocket" goes. We love doing this attraction at night for awesome views of Tomorrowland® Area. As a matter of fact, we haven’t ridden it during the day in a long time. We’d rather spend our time in line for Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin® Attraction or Space Mountain® Attraction and come back to Astro Orbiter at night.
To board Astro Orbiter you must first take an elevator to the loading platform area. This is located near the entrance to Tomorrowland® Transit Authority PeopleMover. When it’s your turn to “fly,” you’ll board a two-seated rocket. If you’re traveling with a child, get them situated first. The front seat is the one with the controls.
Astro Orbiter is a midway-style ride, similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant® and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, and is in Tomorrowland® Area at Magic Kingdom® Park. The duration of the actual ride is around 1.5 minutes, but the entire process including the elevator ride could take as long as 15 minutes. Guests must transfer from their wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to board the vehicle. Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
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This attraction first opened on Nov. 28, 1974 as StarJets. It reopened on April 30, 1994 as Astro Orbiter. You control this interactive attraction with the lever at the front of the rocket. The lever controls the up and down motion of the vehicle. The rockets travel at 11 revolutions per minute. This is an exciting attraction for kids since there is no height requirement. Did you know that this attraction is based on the classic Disneyland® park attraction, The Rocket Jets?
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