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Astro Orbiter at Disney's Magic Kingdom

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Your rating: None Average: 3.5 (71 votes)

Park:

Land:
Tomorrowland

Type:
Flat ride

Opening Date:
Nov 28, 1974

Manufacturer:
Walt Disney Imagineering

Model:
Aerial carousel

Atop Tomorrowland's central hub platform, riders board family-sized silver rockets and lift off in a spinning, Dumbo-esque journey high above Tomorrowland. As the rockets rotate around a central column, riders able to control the height of their vehicle using a lever.

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Reviews of Astro Orbiter:

It is a full 1 hour disaster
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Sunday, May 17, 2015 11:36

ALERT: this is an experience from November 2014

As a Disney fan, I love almost all of the rides, but it is the Astro Orbiter the exception.

After an exhaustive refurbishment held in the latter months of 2014, the Astro Orbiter lacks the following:
- Synchronisation
- FastPass+
- Quick Service Elevators
- An accurate wait time
- One more Cast Member

Chronologically: you are in Main Street U.S.A. is 14:15 and have your iPhone/Smartphone or iPad/Tablet with the Disney App, you check the wait time, it is 25 mins. in the app (you think "perfect, quick one before seeing the 15:00 Festival of Fantasy Parade") so start to walk to Tomorrowland, and the grimace you make when you realise the real wait time is 35 mins.

After briefly thinking you make a line under the PeopleMover for 29 mins. then you're divided between "Blue Group" and "Red Group" climb up in an elevator that goes as slow as Crush the Tortoise, after arriving you're separated from the other group while you wait for other parties to finish their ride. (So long 38 mins. and it is 14:53) after having the blue group riding first during 4 minutes, finally comes your turn, and after you've ridded for 1:30 mins… you're isolated with the rest of the group to wait for the ride operator to allow you to go down in the elevator.

The final result: you've spent 51 minutes in the Astro Orbiter due to lack of control in the line and Cast Members' availability. You've spent 51 minutes of your life on the queuing, riding, and leaving of the Astro Orbiter, and you missed the Parade too! :(

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Blast Off - To the Top of Tomorrowland
Submitted by sirusstest
on Friday, September 06, 2013 03:05

When it comes to Walt Disney World, one of the things its most well-known for are its unique and exciting attractions, which generally appeal to people of all ages. However, with its youngest guests (who aren't overly concerned about the uniqueness of the attractions, and whose view of what is exciting is far below the older guests), Disney has found that it can merely duplicate the same exact type of ride several times over with relatively minor tweaks in details......and the little ones will still eat it up and get excited for it.

This review is about one instance of ride duplication, in the form of what is called The Astro Orbiter, which is located in the Tomorrowland section of the Magic Kingdom theme park......the land of which is themed primarily about the future with a sci-fi/space travel twist. (Incidentally, the other exactly same rides but with minor changes in theming and location are Dumbo, Flying Carpets of Agrabah, and Triceratop Spin.)

By ride duplication, what I'm referring to is the very basic of amusement parks rides: from a central spinning hub, it has about 20 (or so) extended arms and at the ends of those arms can be anything such as a flying elephant, a flying carpet, or in the case of Astro Orbiter, a rocket ship. After the guests are properly seated and buckled in, the arms start to rise and the whole attraction starts to spin for about 1-2 minutes. In each ride vehicle, however, there is usually a button or a level to pull to make that particular vehicle fly up a little higher as it spins.

What makes the Astro Orbiter a little different from the other rides I mentioned earlier is (1) the theme of taking a rocket ship into space, (2) the fact that it isn't set on the ground but is located on top of Rocket Tower Plaza, requiring a trip up in an elevator to get to the loading section.

That's basically all there is to the ride: going round and round, and up and down. Now that's not to say it's a bad ride. It's not the most exciting in the world, but what it DOES have going for it is the view it gives of the rest of Tomorrowland and even outside of the park over to the Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower. It offers a pretty nice view and despite the ride merely going around and around, you can enjoy a nice breeze as well. Other than perhaps riding out of a sense of nostalgia (which I did on my last trip, as I hadn't ridden it in over 20 years), for the average person, there's no real reason to make this attraction a must-do.

As far as any complaints, nothing more than the usual about having to wait in long lines because of the popularity of the ride with small children. You generally have a longer wait at the bottom, but by the time you take the elevator up to the platform where the ride itself is, you may also have a small wait there as there could be other riders still ahead of you.

All in all, if you want to make your little one happy with a ride on it, it may be worth the wait. Otherwise, you're not missing a whole lot by passing it by.

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