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Astro Orbiter Details
TypePoi | Ride
Frog OverviewTake command of your very own rocket ship and fly above Tomorrowland® Area through the rotating, vibrant planets! You’ll enter the elevator that takes you to the loading platform of the rocket ships. A Cast Member will declare “3…2…1…blast off!” and you’ll be on your way to taking in the views of Tomorrowland® Area below you.
On this space adventure, you’ll control how high and low you with a joystick, whether that’s soaring at the very tip with the brightest stars or staying low close to home. For even more spectacular views, take your space flight on Astro Orbiter at night! Your rocket ship will fly for around 1 minute in the sky before making its landing back in Magic Kingdom® Park. 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 2-seated rocket. Astro Orbiter is a midway-style ride 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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Frog Family Tips and Fun Facts about Astro Orbiter
Frog Family Tips
- Experience Astro Orbiter in the last 2 hours before park closing if you can't go within the first hour of park opening. The line will be shorter and the views of Tomorrowland® Area at night are amazing.
- Be ready for a wait - 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.
- Consider sitting this one out if you're prone to motion sickness. 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 traveling with a child, get them situated first. The front seat is the one with the controls.
- 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!
- Astro Orbiter is based on the classic Disneyland® park attraction The Rocket Jets.
Source: Undercover Tourist
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