This rocket ship ride is essentially the same thing as Dumbo the Flying Elephant with a different theme. Moved to its current location with the New Tomorrowland project in 1998, the rocket ships rotate around its hub while the riders control the up and down motion.
- Location: At the entrance to Tomorrowland from Main Street.
- Date Opened: 5/24/1998
- # of Ride Units: 16 rockets
- Ride Capacity: Two adults can fit very tightly in one rocket.
- Restraint Method: Seatbelt
- Ticket Rating: C Ticket
- Ride Photo: No
- Open/Close: Opens and closes with the park.
- Wait Times: This attraction is slow loading so the line moves slowly. Waiting 20-30 minutes is not uncommon.
- Length of Ride: 90 seconds
- FastPass: No
- Single Rider: No
- Queue Description: The queue is just a corral that wraps back and forth on the Tomorrowland side of the attraction.
- Health Restriction: Should be safe for all health conditions.
- Ride Access: Standard wheelchairs can use the regular queue. Those with a Special Access Pass and/or an electric wheelchair or ECV should enter through the exit ramp and speak with a cast member.
- Wheelchair Transfer: Transferring from wheelchairs and ECVs is required. Maneuvering into and out of the rockets may be difficult as it requires a step down and is a tight space.
- Service Animals: Yes
- Audio: Atmospheric music and instructions only.
- Weight and Size Issues: The rockets will be tight for large and tall guests, but should be fine if ridden alone.
- Height Restriction: No
- Child Swap: No
- Other Issues: This is like the Dumbo attraction: Guests sit in vehicles whose altitude they control by pulling on a lever at the front of the vehicle. Riders sit in tandem. Children will need a parent (or responsible adult) to sit in the vehicle first then they sit on the bench in front of the parent. Children and adults afraid of heights can keep the vehicle close to the ground for most of the ride. There are two safety belts in each vehicle.
- At this location: For the most part the area occupied by this attraction has historically been an open area for the entrance to Tomorrowland.
- The Attraction's History: While Astro Orbiter has only been in Tomorrowland since 1998, the idea behind Astro Orbiter has been at Disneyland almost since the beginning. Astro-Jets, a similar attraction first opened in Tomorrowland in 1956 and was later renamed Tomorrowland Jets. In 1967 when Tomorrowland underwent an update, the jets were relocated on top of the new Peoplemover platform and renamed Rocket Jets and survived in that form until they closed in 1997 for the construction of the New Tomorrowland in 1998 when the ride was moved to the entrance of Tomorrowland (the decorative Observatron took its place atop what was now the Rocket Rods platform).
- Other Trivia
- The Inspiration: The design of the Astro Orbiter is much more detailed than the previous incarnations of the ride and is based on Leonardo Da Vinci's drawings of an astrolabe.
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