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You fly past the planets in one of 12 vehicles at 11 Revolutions per minute. The attraction travels 1.2 million miles per year, without ever leaving its spot in Tomorrowland. And you feel as if you are speeding into space, with every trip. This attraction was considered the focal point of Tomorrowland after it was added in 1974; it helps that this Unknown Magical Attraction is above everything else in sight and its spinning motion and central location helped too. No, it’s not Space Mountain, it is the Astro Orbiter.

Originally called the StarJets, this attraction was refurbished in 1994 and is still as great an attraction as it was back then. With a two person ride vehicle shaped like a rocket, it is a fun ride for everyone in your family. Once you take the elevator up to the launch pad, and get settled into your “rocket” you lift off and start to “orbit around a retro sci-fi style central structure full of brightly-

colored planets”. As you fly around, you can use the joystick to make your rocket fly higher or lower. This is great fun with kids as long as neither of you is afraid of heights, because even though it is kind of like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, it is much higher.

If you aren’t afraid of heights, this is an amazing attraction as you can see all of Tomorrowland. It is especially wonderful at night as the lights are lit on both the Astro Orbiter and all the rest of Tomorrowland below. What an amazing sight it is when you are circling in the dark, high above everything.

This is one of those attractions that can create Magical Experiences for you and your family, but you have to make sure you don’t walk by it. The elevator to get up to the launch pad is found near the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover entrance. So, the next time you are in Tomorrowland, especially at night, take a few minutes to get Above it All!

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