It seems Astro Orbiter in Disney’s Magic Kingdom has temporarily lost its orbital track. A week ago the ride was unable to open, as usual. The days to follow it was closed down for unscheduled maintenance. Disney now officially states that it is closed down for refurbishment. Their website and, the My Disney Experience App now reflect this change.
Astro Orbiter flies high above the sky as you piolet your own rocket ship in Tomorrowland, just above the People Mover. It is slated to reopen on August 15th as long as nothing else tries to knock it out of orbit. The last time it had major refurbishments dated back to 2014 where it received a new and improved color scheme.
With Tomorrowland receiving some big changes with the highly anticipated Tron ride for example, and new color palate, perhaps it also will follow suit during this refurbishment. You might notice something else in Tomorrowland a bit out of sorts. Its main entrance sign has also come down and a new one is on its way. Disney prefers to have maintenance planned and scheduled in advance, so it will be curious to see what changes if any they make cosmetically to the ride, or if the maintenance will solely be mechanical to get the rockets up and back into orbit as soon as possible.
Check back with @ChipandCo for any change to the status of Astro Orbiter. Keep your eyes on the lookout for all the changes and improvements coming to Disney’s Magic Kingdom Tomorrowland.
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