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Astro Orbiter at the Magic Kingdom

Astro Orbiter is a spinner-style attraction located in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. The ride involves rocket vehicles and some pretty extreme heights and views compared to your average spinner ride.

This review goes over the attraction specifics for Disney’s Astro Orbiter. I’ll add in a few tips on the best time to ride this attraction and a few other important details.

See the table below for details on how to fit Astro Orbiter into your day.

Astro OrbiterMagic Kingdom

Location

Tomorrowland

Height Requirement for Disney:

None

FastPass:

No

Ride Type:

Spinner

Seats Per Vehicle:

Up to two

Disney Rider Switch:

No

Extra Magic Hours:

Evening and Morning

Good For:

Children, Teens, Adults

Scary Factor:

Mild

Must-Do List:

Low

Perfect For:

Children

Special Mention:

Must board an elevator to access.

Astro Orbiter at Magic Kingdom

Astro Orbiter, as a ride, is difficult to see if you aren’t looking for it in some sense. By that I mean, most guests will see it, but they probably won’t know it’s an actual ride.

This attraction is part of the center hub of Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom. The queue sits almost adjacent to the line for the PeopleMover attraction. And the actual ride sits on the top floor of the area. You have to look up to actually see it.

Signs indicate the ride entrance at the ground level. Once you get to the front of the ground queue, a cast member will load your group into an elevator and send you up to the next level.

There’s a sign out front that does have an estimated wait time toward the bottom.

Once reaching the upper level, you will typically have to wait for one full ride through before it’s your turn to board.

Parents riding with smaller children will want to ride toward the back with your child sitting in front of you. Groups of adults two or more, I would hesitate to experience this attraction as a duo.

The rockets provide a forced feeling as they lift making you have the tendency to lean back. All the while you’ll have a difficult time leaning forward or moving.

While I enjoy the views from above, this is an attraction I rarely care to experience due to the heightened feel of gravitational force. To explain it better, It’s not so much a motion issue, but more the inability to have much movement at all.

Those Astro Orbiter views are stunning though.

Lastly, anyone with a fear of heights will probably want to pass this one up.

The best time to ride Astro Orbiter is anytime in the morning or evening when waits are at their lowest across the entire park. This isn’t a high demand ride, but due to the boarding process and low capacity waits can build.

Check out Astro Orbiter on YouTube: Complete Ride Experience

Know Your Disney Rules When Riding With Children-Any child under the age of seven or younger must be accompanied by an adult fourteen years or older.

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So, do you plan on taking the time to ride Astro Orbiter on your next visit? Let me know in the comments!

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