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 Review of Astro Orbitor @ Magic Kingdom
0 Rating Posted by: Canobie Coaster on 7/27/2005 11:20:00 AM
Ever dream of flying a spaceship high above the ground? I sure did as a kid, and for a long time Astro Orbiter would be the closest I would get to fulfilling the dream. Since then far more technologically advanced attractions like Mission: SPACE have been able to create a far more realistic effect of space travel, but nonetheless Astro Oribter is a Tomorrowland staple.

Located high above Tomorrowland perched atop a futuristic building, Astro Orbiter is definitely appealing to the eye with its soaring rockets and dazzling planetary ring around the structure. But as great as it looks during the day, it looks even better at night with the lights on, illuminating the rockets in an eerie green glow. Unfortunately though like Dumbo, Astro suffers from a really low capacity leading to somewhat lengthy waits for such a simple ride that usually reside around 20-40 minutes.

Really the experience begins with a quick elevator ride to the top to board one of the various rockets. While it seems like a simple touch, there’s just something about the added height of the attraction that just adds to the overall aura of the attraction. Once the ride itself begins, I could easily control the height of my rocket to get some outstanding views of the park, especially of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Just the feeling of being way up off the ground is achieved wonderfully and it really seems like you’re up way higher than you actually are. Really my only complaint with the ride itself is the cycle, which is definitely on the short side. While not nearly as short as Dumbo, it definitely leaves a lot to be desired.

In a region rich in these Roto-Jet style attractions, Astro Orbiter gets the dubious honor as the best of the bunch in my opinion, just narrowly edging out Island of Adventure’s creative One Fish Two Fish for the best of the genre. Astro is undeniably a quite enjoyable attraction that provides a neat little twist on a classic attraction. So why just a 3? Well two things hold it back. One, the short cycle. Two, the wait. I definitely recommend giving Astro a ride while at the Magic Kingdom, but if pressed for time, it is skippable since it really is nothing more than a glorified Roto Jet-style attraction.
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