The Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland provides one of the best and highest views that you can find in the Magic Kingdom. Located atop the same structure where you board the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, this ride is one of many kids and adults favorites.
The central design that Astro Orbiters is based on has been around for many years. Basically a hub and spoke attraction, it is a version of an original located in Disneyland.
The Walt Disney World version opened in 1974, three years after the premier of the Magic Kingdom itself. Originally called Star Jets, the attraction was part of the massive Tomorrowland expansion that also included Space Mountain and the relocation of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. It remained relatively unchanged until 1994 when it closed for a major rehab.
When the new ride opened, it looked quite different from the original. Instead of the rocket which had been located at the center of the ride, a new metal spire was in its place. The ride vehicles were also modified and a planetary structure was added around the ride.
The operation of the ride remained relatively the same, however. There are twelve ride vehicles attached to the central spinning core. Each vehicles holds a maximum of two individuals. Once aboard and spinning, a lever inside the vehicle allows riders to adjust their height during the 1.5 minute experience.
Truly a classic ride!
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