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Have you ever wanted to eat in outer space? Well, now you can have your chance to eat aboard a space station in EPCOT’s new Space 220 restaurant, in a dining experience that is truly out-of-this-world!
In this post, we are going to explain everything you need to know about the new Space 220 restaurant coming to EPCOT in 2021. We are going to share with you all the details we have so far including the opening, menu, how to make reservations, and much more!
Space 220 Now Open and Using Virtual Queue
The highly anticipated Space 220 restaurant in EPCOT finally opened on Monday, September 20, and there were massive crowds there to see it. In fact, Space 220 has been the hottest restaurant debut since Be Our Guest, and Disney has made some changes to the reservation process because of it.
Space 220 is not accepting Advanced Dining Reservations until September 27, so until then, guests must wait in line to get a table.
On opening day, lines for the restaurant were over 5 hours long and all the tables were booked up before 1 pm. Now, Disney is instead using a Virtual Queue to book same-day reservations.
From now through September 26, guests can head over to Space 220 and tell the hostess they would like a reservation. You can specify if you want a table for lunch or dinner, then you can choose from the available times.
This is a big improvement from opening day since it means you can get a reservation and then go about the rest of your day in EPCOT without having to wait for hours in a massive line.
If you want a reservation at Space 220 this week, we recommend getting to EPCOT early so you are sure to get a table. Even though EPCOT opens at 11 am this week, the entrance is being opened at least one hour earlier.
Lunch reservations are booking up quickly so get there before 10 am to snag one. If you want a reservation for dinner you have more time and you can show up after 11 am and still not have a problem.
We’re going to Space 220 for lunch and dinner today and tomorrow, so look for a full review soon.
Space 220 Menu and Reservations Revealed
With Space 220 now open, Disney has revealed the full menus for the restaurant and how to make reservations.
Space 220 opens September 20, 2021, but during the first week of operation, there will be NO reservations and the restaurant will be taking walk-ins only. That means if you want to go from September 20-26 you will need to show up early and get in line for a chance to eat there.
Starting September 27 Space 220 will be taking reservations for both lunch and dinner.
We also got a first look at the entire menu. Let’s take a Look:
Lunch at Space 220 is a 2-course prix-fixe menu and costs $55 per person. It includes one Lift-Off Appetizer and one Star Course Entree.
Appetizers include Space Greens:
Another one is the Blue Moon Cauliflower:
Entrees include the Terra-Bolognese, a plant-based version of a traditional Pasta alla Bolognese:
The Roasted Free-Range Chicken:
Some of the menu items have a supplemental charge that is in addition to the standard pricing.
The Galactic Lobster Globe is a lunch-specific item and is an $18 additional fee:
All of the appetizers are the same on both the Lunch and Dinner menus. However, the two entree menus are quite different with most items exclusive to one menu and not available on the other.
Lunch-exclusive Entrees include:
- Seared Tuna
- Centauri Burger
- Flat-Iron Steak
- Baked Maccheroni
- Galactic Lobster Globe
There are also Satellite Sides available for purchase along with your entree both for lunch and dinner. Side dishes include:
- Roasted Fingerline Potatoes
- Fried Potato Wedges
- Brussels Sprouts
Dinner at Space 220 is a 3-Course prix fixe menu and costs $79 per person. It includes one Lift-Off Appetizer, one Star Course Entree, and one Supernova Sweet dessert.
Dinner-exclusive Entrees include:
- Slow Rotation Short Rib
- Florida Red Snapper
- X2 Duck
- 8oz. Filet Mignon
- 1.5 lbs Baked Whole Lobster Stuffed with Jumbo Crab
- 24oz. Bone-in Ribeye
Here is one of the dinner-specific items, the 8oz. Filet Mignon:
The Baked Whole Lobster and the Bone-in Ribeye are both available for a supplemental charge on top of the prix fixe menu price.
There are 5 desserts to choose from at Space 220 including the Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake:
and the Lemon Mousse:
Desserts are included in the price of the prix fixe dinner but are available as a supplemental charge for lunch.
On top of the Lunch and Dinner menus, there is also a Lounge menu. This includes all the specialty cocktails, wines, and beers, as well as Flight Bites, small appetizers you can snack on with your drink.
Kids Lunch Menu
The Kids Lunch menu is priced at $29 per person and is only available for guests ages 9 and younger. It includes one Star Course Entree and one Supernova Sweet dessert.
Options include Space-Ghetti which is spaghetti and chicken meatballs, Galactic Salmon, Cosmic Chicken, Steak & Space Fries, and Mission Macaroni which is mac and cheese.
Kids Dinner Menu
The Kids Lunch menu is priced at $29 per person and is only available for guests ages 9 and younger. It includes one Star Course Entree and one Supernova Sweet dessert such as a cupcake, gelato scoop, or sorbet.
This is a new story and we’ll have more in the coming hours so stay tuned. Keep reading below for the latest details on the project.
(NEWS) Space 220 Opening September 20th in EPCOT
As the years have gone by, we’ve been wondering: “When is the Space 220 restaurant going to open?” Finally, we have an answer to that question, at least, sort of.
Disney has just announced that the Space 220 restaurant at EPCOT is opening on September 20, 2021. That means it’s less than a week away from now.
Opening in Mid-September means that it will be ready in time for the historic Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration. Another reason to visit EPCOT during this time.
This latest news confirms what we were hearing that the Patina Group was aiming for a Fall 2021 opening.
Disney Imagineer Zach Riddely announced it on his Instagram page:
Disney also revealed more details about what the experience will be like visiting Space 220. As you know, it’s attached to the Mission: SPACE attraction and that is exactly where guests will depart from.
The experience begins as guests check into the Space 220 Departure Lounge in Future World. Once you are ready to go, you hop into one of the 2 “Space Elevators” that will transport you up to the Centauri Space Station.
This looks like it’s going to be one of the coolest parts as you watch the earth shrink beneath your feet as you get further and further away. Looking up you’ll see the space station now in view.
Recently, Disney also released some new concept art for what the space elevator looks like on the outside:
Of course, you won’t actually see the elevator like that when looking at the restaurant as it’s only what the elevator looks like in the story of the restaurant.
They also gave a glimpse at what you can see from the amazing space windows. You’ll get a panoramic view of the Earth below, as well as what life is like in space as a variety of work and leisure activities are taking place.
They also shared that the menu will be different depending on which meal you visit for. At lunch, it’s a two-course prix fixe menu and at dinner, it’s a three-course prix fixe menu.
Disney describes it as being “upscale, contemporary fare” that will “bring new meaning to the height of dining.” Fine wine and atmospheric cocktails will be some of the unique beverages served.
If you are a fan of the idea of eating in outer space, then no doubt like us you have been extremely frustrated following this project as there has been one delay after another. First, the construction ran into technical issues, then there the head chef left, and now issues related to the closure have all delayed the project.
The other problem we’ve had over the last year is the low number of guests visiting Walt Disney World and restrictions on indoor dining in particular. However, Disney World continues increasing theme park capacity and the crowds have been slowly coming back.
The CDC has also lightened its recommend restrictions on the capacity for indoor restaurants which is helpful in this case since the entire dining room is indoors.
Obviously, the company has invested a very large amount of money into the Space 220 project and they were not going to have its grand opening when no one could be there to experience it.
We saw the same problem with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, both of which were delayed longer than expected.
If you are planning a trip to Disney World and are hoping to eat at EPCOT’s Space restaurant, it won’t be easy. From September 20-26 it will be walk-in only and no reservations are required. Reservations will be available for dates September 27 and onward.
With its obvious popularity, it will likely be difficult to get reservations, and you may have better luck if you wait a few weeks out from the opening.
We’ll keep you updated as soon as we know more. Keep reading below for everything we know so far about the Space 220 restaurant.
Space 220 Overview
- Location: EPCOT park, World Discovery(Future World), Mission: SPACE pavilion
- Status: Opening September 20, 2021
- Type: Table Service Dining
- Price: $$-$$$
- Cuisine Type: Out-of-this-world Food and Drink
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Dress Code: Theme Park Attire
This space restaurant coming to EPCOT will be a one-of-a-kind dining experience as guests dine in outer space, giving them the feeling they are on a space station watching the planets, stars, satellites, and more pass by the giant dining room windows.
This new table service restaurant Space 220 will be located in a building right next to Mission: SPACE in EPCOT’s World Discovery, and will push the envelope of Disney themed-dining.
Walt Disney Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald said; “We know our guests love dining at Epcot – and the restaurants really are out of this world,” now we’re about to create one that takes that literally.”
Space 2020 isn’t run by Disney however and instead is run by the Patina group. They have a strong connection to Disney restaurants as they successfully run: Via Napoli, Maria & Enzo’s, The Edison, and Morimoto Asia. With a track record like that Space 220 should be in safe hands.
Let’s take a look at what is going to make the Epcot space restaurant so special…
Atmosphere and Theming
Themed restaurant dining doesn’t get any stronger than this as Space 220 gives you the full illusion of eating in outer space. How does Disney make that happen? Let’s take a look…
The “Space 220” Name Meaning
The name Space 220 isn’t as random as it sounds. The name comes from the fact that this new restaurant is on a space station located 220 miles above the earth. That’s a long way to travel for a meal, but the payoff sure looks worth it.
The arrival process to get to Space 220 might be the coolest part of the whole experience.
Things start outside off to the right side of the Mission: SPACE attraction. We aren’t sure if there is going to be a receptionist outside, or if that will be located just inside the first doors.
To get to the restaurant, guests will board an elevator located on the right side of the Mission: SPACE ride. This is no ordinary elevator however as it simulates transporting you 220 miles above the earth, to the restaurant.
In fact, there will be “two fully functioning elevators with large digital screens to simulate the trip to the space station.”
That’s right, the elevator will have large digital windows which Disney says “will give guests real-time perspective as they travel high above the planet.” I’m guessing that also means it will take into account the time of day and give us a daylight scene when it’s still light out, and a dark scene when it’s nighttime in Epcot.
Disney hasn’t said how long the space travel part of the experience will last, I’m guessing 30 seconds to 1 minute most likely.
Dining Room and Space Window
Once you step off the transport, you step into the main dining room for Space 220 which is dominated by its gigantic 250-foot digital screen like the one you see in the concept art which will simulate what it feels like to be looking out the window of a space station.
The dining room will seat more than 350 guests, and offer incredible daytime and nighttime views of our planet. Guests will see the Earth, stars, meteors, and all sorts of other celestial bodies. Really the possibilities are endless.
The fact that Space 220 will have “daytime and nighttime” views through the windows sounds really cool as the lighting and views will change depending on what time of day it is, adding another layer of detail.
In fact, these windows coming to Space 220 are the same windows that we’ll be seeing in the new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel which will also give views into space from every window.
It looks like the major part of the seating is at tables, but there is also a bar that has seating there.
My only question is how they are going to make people feel like they are really in space, and at the same time not make people motion-sick, which isn’t a good combination when you are eating.
Food and Drinks
So far, we know that the Space 220 restaurant is going to have a prix fixe menu, similar to what you can experience at Be Our Guest Restaurant.
There will be 2 meals served, lunch and dinner, and each one will have a different menu.
At Lunch, there is a 2-course prix fixe menu, while Dinner is a 3-Course prix fixe menu. Lunch will include an appetizer and entree with dessert being an extra charge, while Dinner will add a dessert included in the price.
The Patina Restaurant Group is developing brand new food and drinks for Space 2020. What kind of food is it going to be?
Originally the menu at Space 220 was listed as featuring: “internationally-inspired cuisine.” The language has now been changed to “modern American cuisine.” It’s also been listed as “upscale, contemporary fare.” We’ll have to see just what that entails.
We do know that Space 220 will have more than 1,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines and a wide selection of craft beer” on hand. I also hear space is the perfect environment for the wine aging process! 😉
While I don’t think we’ll have floating food in the dining room, Disney is most likely going to come up with some very creative ideas with variations of freeze-dried things, and who knows what else. I don’t know how many guests will want a freeze-dried burger, but whatever they serve will no doubt be Instagram-worthy!
The Spinning Wall of Produce
Recently Disney explained that there is going to be what they are calling a “Spinning Wall of Produce” in Space 220. We are told that the produce will resemble what we already see here on the Earth, but with a space twist to it.
If we’re guessing, since you are in space, it’s probably to show how they have been able to grow normal produce in space, instead of only freeze-dried food. This would explain why the menu is going to be “mostly normal” food that we are accustomed to.
So far the Epcot space restaurant sounds fantastic, but the million-dollar question is: When is Space 2020 opening? Finally, we know that Space 220 is opening on September 20, 2021.
The project has been plagued with delays and the Walt Disney World closure complicated things even more. Here’s what happened…
Early in 2019, Disney shocked us by saying that Epcot’s Space 220 restaurant would be open by the end of 2019. Construction projects in Disney World, however, are notorious for running longer than expected and the opening of Space 220 has been no exception.
Construction delays, changes to the head chef have all played a factor. Then Walt Disney World unexpectedly closed for 4 months and construction came to a stop. Late 2019 changed to Winter 2020, then Spring 2020. It took all the way to September, less than 3 weeks from opening to find out the actual date.
Losing the chef plus installing the ground-breaking technology they’re using meant a bit of a delay was to be expected.
Space 220 was close to being ready before the closure, and the construction side of the project has been done for some time. The real problem was the lack of visitors to Walt Disney World up to this point. Since Disney has so much invested in the project, the timing of the opening is going to be key.
Disney would love to get a PR boost when Space 220 debuts and with increasing crowds in the parks plus the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, that is going to happen now.
Between Space 220 and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, and Disney Harmonious, EPCOT should be getting a decent boost in attendance. These new projects should be enough to make guests come down to Florida to check it all out.
We’re super happy that Space 220 wasn’t one of the new Disney World projects getting cut after the construction budget was slashed by $900 million. It is already built and it will open. We just really hope that Disney hasn’t cut the budget for the restaurant and that all of the show elements will still be there when it opens.
Our guess was for a Space 220 opening sometime between September 16 and 20, and that’s precisely what it turned out to be. That weekend is a couple of weeks away from the 50th, and it gives Disney time to work out any hiccups in the first couple of weeks.
We’re still surprised it took this long to find out as we weren’t officially updated by Disney since the D23 Expo, in 2019!
We are extremely excited about this project and if you are trying to decide when to plan your trip, our post on Should I Go to Disney World in 2021 or Wait Until 2022? will help you make an informed decision.
As soon as we hear more about the Epcot Space restaurant opening we’ll let you know!
Of course, to eat in outer space, don’t expect it to be cheap. In fact, Space 220 is one of the most expensive restaurants at Walt Disney World. The restaurant has a prix fixe menu which means that guests pay a flat fee and then choose which dishes they want to eat.
Lunch is a 2-course meal, while Dinner is a 3-course meal. The setup is similar to other Disney World restaurants with prix fixe menus such as Be Our Guest or Cinderella’s Royal Table. Alcoholic drinks cost extra.
Lunch Prices (2-Course Prix Fixe Meal)
- Adults – $55 per person
- Kids – $29 per person
Dinner Prices (3-Course Prix Fixe Meal)
- Adults – $79 per person
- Kids – $29 per person
Besides lunch and dinner, there is also a lounge menu with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and small plates that you can purchase à la carte.
As of right now, we do not know whether the Disney Dining Plan will be accepted at Space 220, Disney hasn’t announced that yet.
It’s likely that since this is a table service restaurant, it will accept the Disney Dining Plan. We can’t imagine a restaurant that will instantly be one of Epcot’s most popular won’t have the Disney Dining Plan.
With the current prices, it’s possible that like Be Our Guest, it could move into 2-Dining Credit territory. We think that is the most likely scenario should it accept the Disney Dining Plan.
- Tables in Wonderland – TBD
- WDW Annual Passholder – TBD
- Disney Vacation Club – TBD
- Disney Rewards VISA – TBD
Disney has not yet announced what kind of discounts will be available at Epcot’s new Space 220 restaurant. If it follows the same pattern as most Epcot restaurants, it will eventually have the 10% Annual Passholder Discount and the 20% Tables in Wonderland Discount.
Those discounts might not be immediately available when the restaurant opens however so stay tuned for more info on this.
The Space 220 Restaurant is located in EPCOT park in Walt Disney World, right next to the Mission: SPACE attraction and pavilion. This is also where the newly announced World Discovery is being built, so Space 220 will be part of that when complete.
To get to Space 220 from Spaceship Earth, head straight through the spine of Future World and turn left between Electric Umbrella and Mouse Gear and walk straight until you get to Mission: SPACE. Space 220 will be on the right side of the pavilion.
Hours of Operation
Disney has not yet announced the hours of operation for Space 220. However, from a recent EPCOT guide map update, we do know it will be open for Lunch and Dinner.
We originally thought that the new space restaurant would serve all three meals per day. However, that no longer seems to be the case.
Disney is betting on Space 220 to be a huge success. They are investing tons of money into new technology to make this dining location the next “must-get reservation” in Disney World.
If the public likes it and Space 220 turns out to be a success like Be Our Guest, for example, they will fill tables from the time Epcot opens till closing. That’s why I think it made sense to serve all three meals.
Things could change in the future, but for now, we know we are at least getting at least two meals for some time. Disney will then see how the public reacts to the new restaurant in World Discovery.
An estimate of Space 220 restaurant’s hours:
- Lunch/Dinner: 10:30 am – 9:00 pm (park closing)
So as cool as Space 220 sounds, how can you make an advanced dining reservation and actually get to eat there? If this restaurant delivers on half of what it’s promising to guests, it’s going to be very difficult to actually book a table.
When Space 220 opens on September 20 and through September 26, reservations will NOT be available and the restaurant will be walk-in only.
Starting September 27 and beyond, Space 220 will accept reservations and the process will work just like every other Walt Disney World Restaurant.
Just book a table through My Disney Experience, the Walt Disney World website, or by calling central reservations for a party of 8 or more.
Reservations are going to be few and hard to come by. Getting an Advanced Dining Reservation in Disney World is never easy, and this place will likely be as difficult as it is for Be Our Guest or Cinderella’s Royal Table. You’ll have to be online or on the My Disney Experience app promptly at 6:00 am the day you want to book a table.
Since there is no longer a 180-Day booking window for Disney World restaurants, it’s even more difficult to get reservations at Space 220. Read our Disney World Advanced Dining Reservations post for more details and tips so that you have the best chance of booking a table.
Also, try to make a reservation for one of the least crowded times of the year in Disney World in order to increase your chances of booking a table.
To make sure you’re notified right away we recommend signing up for our free newsletter, where we’ll notify you as soon as reservations go online along with any other Space 220 updates. You can do that here: Free E-Mail Newsletter
Must-Try Food/Drinks at Space 220
The new Space 220 restaurant in Epcot is not open yet. Once it opens we will let you know what the must-try food items and drinks are.
Space 220 Restaurant Menu:
*(Last Updated 9/2/21) – If you have any Menu updates or corrections please let us know!
Disney has just announced the Space 220 menus and we will be updating this section shortly. In the meantime, go to the top of this post for the full menu and prices, including photos of the food and drinks.
Space 220 FAQ’s
No, as of now it is not open. We do know that Space 220 will open on September 20, 2021.
Even though you’re aboard a space station, I’m betting that your food will not come off your plate and start floating around the room. However, I’m sure they will have some very creative dishes available.
Over 350 people will fit into Space 220.
The official reservation process for EPCOT’s Space 220 starts September 20 for reservations on September 27 and beyond. Seeing the unique concept the restaurant is built around, it’s likely that it will be a big hit and one of the hardest-to-get-reservations in Disney World when it opens.
Obviously eating in outer space would be nauseating, to say the least, however, your experience at Space 220 will not be like that at all. There will be some special effects to make the space-dining aspect realistic, but it shouldn’t be so much that diners get sick.
Space 220 restaurant is not yet open in Epcot. When it opens we will bring you a full review of all the food and drinks, plus a detailed look at the restaurant’s atmosphere and theming.
We hope you enjoyed this look at the new Epcot 220 Space restaurant. Keep checking back here at Ziggy Knows Disney as we will be adding any new info as it comes out.
In the meantime, check out some of the other new additions and changes coming to Epcot in the next few years:
- New EPCOT Changes – Expansion Details Master Post
- The Epcot Entrance Overhaul
- Epcot Dissolving Future World, Creating 4 Neighborhoods
- Spaceship Earth Renovation
- a Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster replacing the Universe of Energy
- the France Pavilion expansion and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure construction
- a Moana Attraction
- a Mary Poppins Attraction
- New EPCOT Fireworks Show – Disney Harmonious
- the rest of Project Gamma including a new Festival Center Center
- the Play Pavilion going into the old Wonders of Life pavilion.
- Club Cool and Innoventions demolition
You can also read about what other new rides are coming to Disney World from 2020-2022!
I want to know what you think about the new Space 220 restaurant in EPCOT…
- Are you looking forward to this new restaurant?
- What type of food would you like to be served?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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