Astro Orbiter: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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One of my son’s favorite rides at Magic Kingdom is the Astro Orbiter. This ride sits high above Tomorrowland and you have to take an elevator to get to the ride. Once you are upstairs, you are given a rocket to ride in and pilot. It goes around and around and you can control how high you fly – like Dumbo and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Riders maneuver the ship by pulling and pushing the lever inside the ship and this allows the ride to go up and down.

The spaceship has room for two people. While there isn’t a height requirement it might be a scary for little ones or people afraid of heights. Also, this attraction doesn’t have a FastPass option. This ride takes a little bit of patience between having to take the elevator up and down from the attraction and because it doesn’t accommodate too many riders at one time.

This classic attraction was originally known as Star Jets, but in 1994 became the Astro Orbiter. The ride length is one minute and 30 seconds.  This is a fun ride during the day or at night.  Wheelchair guests must be able to transfer to the attraction.

Enjoy this POV of the Astro Orbiter attraction at night.

This classic attraction is one of my favorites because my son and I always ride it together. I love riding it at night, but riding during the day is great too because while riding you can see so much of Magic Kingdom. I also love taking pictures of Cinderella’s castle and Space Mountain from the Astro Orbiter. Major Disney photographers love taking pictures from this attraction. Be sure to search Pinterest for some photography tips on taking pictures from Astro Orbiter.


Photo Credit: Walt Disney World Resort

Tomorrowland attractions include:

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Ranger Spin;
  • Carousel of Progress;
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Space Mountain;
  • Stitch’s Great Escape!;
  • Tomorrowland Speedway; and
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority.

Be sure to include the Astro Orbiter during your next visit to the Magic Kingdom if you want a high view of Cinderella’s Castle and Tomorrowland. You won’t be disappointed you did.

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