Location: Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom
Opening Date: February 25, 1995
Height requirement: None
Who it’s for: The whole family!
Ride Length: 2 minutes
Fun Fact: There’s a version of the Astro Orbiter at every other Disney Resort except for Tokyo Disneyland.
Unlike the Astro Orbiter at Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom version sits atop a 3 story platform and gives an great view of the park. This classic spinning ride is similar to any other spinning ride and is just about identical to the versions at every other Disney park.
Riders have control of the ride vehicles moving up and down while the ride is spinning. The concept for the Astro Orbiter is that you should feel like you are weaving in and out of planets as you go up and down.
The Official Word
If you’re interested in the official spiel, here’s how Disney’s site describes the attraction:
Hold on tight as your retro 2-passenger spacecraft levitates high into the air, picks up speed and begins orbiting a galaxy of planets while the sights and sounds of Tomorrowland whirl by far below.Official Disney World Website
Although I don’t love spinning rides, I’d choose Astro Orbiter at Magic Kingdom just for the view of the parks. Since the ride sits up above the People Mover you will have a fantastic view of the park from the ride. If there’s a short wait then it’s definitely worth stopping by. However, if you find yourself sensitive to spinning then I would recommend skipping this one.
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