Astro Orbiter Overview | Disney’s Magic Kingdom Attractions

Astro Orbiter Attraction at Magic Kingdom

Board your own space shuttle as you sale above all of Tomorrowland. Amongst the planets and stars guests will feel as if they’ve been transported into space.

Astro Orbiter Details

Walt Disney World Park Magic Kingdom
Location in Park Tomorrowland
Height Restrictions Any Height
Age Interests All ages
Thrill Type Slow Rides, Spinning
Hours 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Wait Times Medium
FastPass+ No
Accessibility Information Must transfer to wheelchair/ECV 

Attraction Overview

Elevator to Astro Orbiter Attraction at Magic Kingdom
Elevator to Astro Orbiter Attraction at Magic Kingdom

The Astro Orbiter is a spinning attraction, similar in style to Dumbo, but faster. This ride was previously known as Star Jets and opened in 1974. Since this ride’s opening it has been considered the main focal point in Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland went through extensive renovations and at this point the ride was remodeled and renamed the Astro Orbiter in April of 1994. 

This ride is faster than the other spinning rides but not by too much. Astro Orbiter is still suitable for riders of all heights and ages. The Astro Orbiter completes 11 rotations per minute and travels the length of 1.2 million miles every year. 

View from Astro Orbiter Attraction in Magic Kingdom
View from Astro Orbiter Attraction in Magic Kingdom

This attraction brings guests high enough to get aerial views of not only Tomorrowland, but the entire Magic Kingdom. Guests can use the lever inside of the rocket ship to go as high as they can to get views of Cinderella’s Castle as well as all the planets that guests are flying next to on the attraction.


Where to Find Astro Orbiter in Magic Kingdom
Where to Find Astro Orbiter in Magic Kingdom

Location & Wait Times

The Astro Orbiter is located right in the middle of Tomorrowland. Guests can find this attraction right next to the Transit Authority PeopleMover. This attraction is hard to miss, since it is so centric in the layout of Tomorrowland. It will be easy to spot when heading to any other ride in Tomorrowland.

The wait times for this ride are usually medium in length. In the morning, wait times will be at their lowest. This ride’s wait times fluctuate quite a bit in length throughout the day, so be sure to check the My Disney Experience App to check them, there may be lulls where the wait times get lower.

Queue Experience

The queue for the Astro Orbiter is outdoors without much cover, so be sure to bring something to keep cool in the hotter months. The queue is also not an immersion queue, and there is not much to see pertaining to the ride until you get to the top to enter the attraction.

Once guests get closer to the attraction, they will enter an elevator. This elevator will take them up to the top of a structure which is where the ride is loaded. 

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