Space tourists, get ready for take off! You can now eat in space, 220 miles (354 kilometres) above Earth — at Disney World. No, you won’t really be flying high into the atmosphere, but this new immersive dining experience at Epcot is the next best thing. Space 220, located toward the front of Epcot near Mission: Space, welcomed its first guests at the end of September, opening just in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration. We got to experience this new, out-of-this-world restaurant firsthand, so here’s everything you’ll need to know before you go.
The excitement begins before you even take your seat at this new restaurant. After entering Space 220, you’ll board a space elevator and soar 220 miles above Earth, watching as Disney World and Florida drop away at your feet and the Centauri Space Station comes into view overhead. Then, it’s time to walk through the space station, past a futuristic-looking Grow Zone, and to the main dining room. From your seat, you can take in views of Earth and the stars — and keep an eye out for astronauts floating around outside — through the large panoramic windows.
We spoke to Tom Fitzgerald, Walt Disney Imagineering creative portfolio executive, about the new experience and learned about some of the details the Imagineers included in the restaurant. “This is just another wonderful piece of the Epcot experience, rooted in science, giving you an optimistic and exciting view of the future and letting you step into it and experience it,” said Fitzgerald.
The restaurant is a more laid-back space tourism complement to the adventurous Mission: Space astronaut training attraction next door, but it still offers some interesting storytelling components with the astronauts visible through the windows. To make the experience as believable as possible, they also made sure the views reflect what’s happening in real-time, whether it’s day or night, rainy or sunny.
Space 220 is an upscale dining experience with fixed-price menus for lunch (two courses) and dinner (three courses), priced at USD 55 (INR 4,142) and USD 79 (INR 5,950), respectively. “Lift-Off” appetisers found on both the lunch and dinner menus include Big Bang Burrata, Starry Calamari, and Blue Moon Cauliflower, just to name a few, while Star Course mains vary between lunch and dinner. Expect entrees such as salmon, flat-iron steak, a burger, and more at lunch and filet, Florida red snapper, duck, and more at dinner (plant-based options are available, too). The three-course dinner comes with Supernova Sweets for dessert, including lemon mousse, sticky toffee pudding cake, and chocolate cheesecake. Plus, there are fun, themed cocktails and mocktails (along with beer and wine). Reservations are now available on the Disney World website.