Astro Orbiter

Astro Orbiter from Ground Control, You Are Clear for Takeoff!

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Previously called Star Jets, this attraction made its debut at the Magic Kingdom in 1974. Its main structure was a colossal central spaceship surrounded by mini versions of the same. It was accessed by an elevator which leads to a flight deck where you select your spaceship, and still is today. Star Jets closed in 1994 and was re-imagined as Astro Orbiter, which remains today.

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A glance up at this giant collection of metal spheres and rotating rocket ships gives no indication of the fantastic flight riders are about to embark on as they make their way to the platform from an inconspicuous elevator ride.

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Choose your rocket ship and climb aboard. Listen carefully for instructions from command: 3- 2 -1 and blast off! You are now the pilot of your very own rocket ship, controlling whether you fly high or swoop low. The noise from your controller makes the experience feel all the more authentic.

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The 360-degree views of the Magic Kingdom the ride offers are breathtaking, and an absolute added bonus. View Cinderella’s Castle, look over Space Mountain and glimpse the Contemporary Resort, to name but a few. You may well be tempted to ignore the command for descent from your captain and ride again! Astro Orbiter is an absolute not-to-be-missed attraction for every Magic Kingdom guest.