Take A Spin On Tomorrowland's Astro Orbiter

High above the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland is a place where you can pilot your very own spaceship. The Astro Orbiter combines classic hub and spoke ride design with a loading platform that's three stories up for an exciting spin around the galaxy. This staple of Tomorrowlands in all of the Disneyland style parks can be found in different styles and locations, but always treats guests to a fun time.

The Star Jets Original LookThe Star Jets Original Look

In the Magic Kingdom passengers queue up in Tomorrowland on the ground level behind the Lunching Pad quick service restaurant sitting at it's base. From there, the intrepid pilots load into a small elevator for ride to the attraction's launch platform, sitting high above the People Mover Platform.

The original attraction which opened in 1974 was called the Star Jets and featured a space shuttle like design, today's vehicles are a little more Jules Verne. Star Jets was closed through much of early 1994 during a complete make-over of Tomorrowland, and reopened in March 1994 as the Astro Orbiter. 12 Jules Verne style open-air rocket ships each carry two passengers spinning at 11 rotations per minute for a minute and a half long ride. Because of it's limited capacity, the Astro Orbiter almost always has a queue of at least 25 minutes, but the wait rarely goes more than 40 minutes.

The Astro Orbiter GalaxyThe Astro Orbiter Galaxy

Its simple hub and spoke design would make one think that this is a fairly boring attraction, but for guest with a fear of heights it is thrilling to be in the vehicles spinning up above the tops of the trees. These little ships travel an average of 1.2 million miles a year and offer one of the most truly extraordinary views in the Park.

Thanks so much to Christian Lambert for use of his image through Creative Commons. What do you think about the Astro Orbiter, is it a must do or one of those rides that you can skip? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on this ride.

JeffC wrote on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 18:50:

We usually skip this anymore. I don't care for that cue at the WDW version, and I really don't like those cars.

I know, would I like some cheese with that whine? :p

susan wrote on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 19:20:

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We skip it, because we rode it one time and I felt like i was going to get slung out of it.

Darlene wrote on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 19:23:

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I must say I am terrified of Astro Orbitor. It may sound crazy, especially because I
love all of the thrill rides but AO scares me. I feel like I am going to fly out and fall to my death. I think being up high intensifies the feeling. My teens love it though. I love to photograph it and I think it looks awesome but I do not enjoy riding it.

J wrote on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 18:24:

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I know most people say skip it, but it has grown on me some. It is not a must do, but it is a good way to fill time. I would do this one way before Dumbo or Magic Carpets, because the height adds some extra excitmenet and unique veiws you can't get anywhere else. I say it is worth doing.

Kristina wrote on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 19:20:

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Rather skip this and go on People Mover....almost never a line and a much longer/more entertaining attraction!

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