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Astro Orbiter in Magic Kingdom Still Closed for Refurbishment in September

UPDATE 9/21/19: You might have noticed the Astro Orbiter closed in Disney’s Magic Kingdom for some days now, and it’s not a coincidence. Things are taking longer than thought and the Tomorrowland attraction and even though it was supposed to be reopening on September 20, 2019, the Astro Orbiter still hasn’t reopened yet.

Astro Orbiter Refurbishment Magic Kingdom

Even today, September 21 the attraction is still down with no update to its status.

It all started on Friday July 12 when something went wrong during the routine start-up procedure for the ride. The Astro Orbiter didn’t open up the rest of the day and hasn’t been open since. Disney has decided that it needs more than just a day or two to resolve the problem so the Astro Orbiter will be closed for roughly 2 months to get the problem resolved.

Things have taken much longer than originally thought because it was supposed to reopen on August 15, then again on September 20, but obviously they are no where near ready and need more time to get things right.

Astro Orbiter Magic Kingdom

You have to wonder what’s going on, especially with Primeval Whirl going through something similar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom too…

It’s been a few years since the attraction has had a serious refurbishment. Not since the Astro Orbiter underwent a new paint job in 2014 has it been closed for this long. Let’s just hope they can figure out what the issue is and get it resolved ASAP.

The My Disney Experience app now reflects the change and it has the status as “Closed for Refurbishment.” Funny though how Stitch’s Great Escape is still listed as “Temporarily Closed” even though it’s been down since January 8, 2018 and we’re sure it’s not coming back.

Astro Orbiter in Disney's Magic Kingdom from PeopleMover

This isn’t the only refurbishment news in Tomorrowland, just last month the Tomorrowland Entrance sign was demolished and a new one was just installed with a whole new look and feel. The styling is more similar to what the Tomorrowland styling transformation that is going on.

The Astro Orbiter was scheduled to open on September 20, 2019, but Disney has not updated the status of the attraction yet.

Stay tuned for the latest news about the Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland as we’ll keep bringing you updates as soon as they come out.

Also, check out the full schedule of Disney World Ride Closures to see what else is being worked on soon.

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Your Thoughts:

I want to know what you think about the Astro Orbiter closing for refurbishment…

  • Are you upset about this closure?
  • Any changes you’d like to see to it before it comes back?

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Terri

Monday 23rd of September 2019

I never gave this ride much thought, but rode it fall 2018 (something else for the youngsters) the view was awesome. Hopefully it will be back in operation soon!