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 early 2020. 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!
UPDATE 11/27/19: Just when it seemed like we were close to the opening of the Space 220 restaurant, it now looks like the opening date has been delayed until Early 2020, possibly February.
In a recent job posting online for Space 220 you can see the following statement:
“Space 220 plans to launch in February 2020 and we’re looking for [job position] to join our crew and start training in January.“
That looks pretty clear that we won’t be seeing a 2019 opening after all and now will have to wait until February 2020.
Disney has recently released a new Epcot Park Guide Map, which has the Space 220 restaurant listed. In the description, they confirm the opening date change as it reads: “Early 2020.” That could be February, but it leaves it open to interpretation to be later if necessary.
Besides the opening date being pushed back, the online job posting on the Patina Group website shows the Space 220 restaurant is currently hiring a bunch of new front of house positions.
These positions include hosts, a restaurant manager among other positions.
Adding to this a couple of weeks ago we learned from a recent job posting, the Space 220 restaurant is looking for a new Executive Chef as former Executive Chef Theo Schoenegger has left the project and taken a position in Las Vegas.
The Patina Group will still be heading up the project, just with a new Chef in place. Here is the job description:
Mission Control invites you to join the crew at Space 220 for an expedition like no other. The planets have aligned for you to be a part of the latest cutting-edge and out-of-this-world restaurant. Help ensure a smooth departure as guests blast off to enter the International Space Station suspended 220 miles above the Earth’s surface and assist in delivering an unmatched intergalactic dining experience. With stellar views and gourmet menu offerings, Space 220 is truly “The Height of Dining.”
We are looking for a talented Executive Chef who can reinterpret classics and dazzle guests with unexpected touches, while keeping in line with the Patina standards of scratch cooking and unparalleled execution.
Losing the head chef at the last minute obviously was a big blow and led to the delayed opening. We still don’t have an exact date yet, but we’ll keep you updated. Keep reading below for everything we know so far about the Space 220 restaurant.
Restaurant Name Overview
- Location: Epcot park, Future World, Mission:SPACE pavilion
- 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 Future World, 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. 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 which 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
No word on exactly what the menu is going to be yet but The Patina Restaurant Group is developing a brand new menu featuring: “internationally-inspired cuisine, more than 1,000 bottles of the world’s finest wines and a wide selection of craft beer.”
In the concept art you can’t see too much of the food, but you can make out what looks like chips, and some kind of fruit or veggie dish in a glass.
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!
So far the Epcot space restaurant sounds fantastic, but the million dollar question is: When is Space 2020 opening? Right now we don’t have an exact opening date for the restaurant, but according to a recent job posting online, it will open in February 2020.
Earlier 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 always notorious for being delayed and as the Summer came and gone, the latest opening we’ve heard is: “Winter 2019.”
Winter however is a bit open to interpretation as technically it last from December 21 – March 20, 2020.
Seeing as we are only a short time away from the start of Winter and haven’t been updated by Disney yet since the D23 Expo, it makes sense we are getting a February 2020 opening now. Losing the chef plus the ground-breaking technology they’re using makes a bit of a delay is to be expected.
The more pessimist Disney insiders however are saying that the opening for Space 220 has been pushed all the way back to Spring 2020. That has not been confirmed and as of now we’re still going with the job posting of February 2020.
As soon as we hear more about the Epcot Space restaurant opening we’ll let you know!
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 and be a 1-Dining Credit restaurant. However we can’t say for sure yet and will update you when Disney lets us know.
- 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 the 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 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
This confirms our original suspicion that the new space restaurant would serve all three meals per day. 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 makes sense to serve all three meals.
Things could change in the the future, but for now we know we are at least getting all three meals for some time. Disney will then see how the public reacts to the new restaurant in Future World.
An estimate of Space 220 restaurant’s hours:
- Breakfast: 8 am – 10:30 am
- Lunch/Dinner: 10:30 am – 9:00 pm (park closing)
So as cool as Space 220 sounds, it also is probably going to be very difficult to actually book a table. Disney hasn’t updated us on how the reservation process works and when you can start booking a table.
Most likely making a reservation for the Epcot space restaurant will work the same as any other restaurant in Walt Disney World either by booking through My Disney Experience, or calling central reservations for a party of 8 or more.
Once we get an opening date we’ll probably know when reservations go online.
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 11/4/19) – If you have any Menu updates or corrections please let us know!
Disney hasn’t yet shared any details about the menu for the Space 220 restaurant. As soon as some of the menu items are announced we will have them here for you, including prices and photos of the food and drinks.
Space 220 FAQ’s:
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 diners get sick.
The official reservation process hasn’t started yet for Epcot’s Space 220. However, 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.
Over 350 people will fit into Space 220.
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.
No, as of now it is not open and we don’t have an opening date yet except for February 2020.
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:
- 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
- the 2 new Epcot Nighttime Spectaculars
- 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
I want to know what you think about the new Space 220 restaurant coming to 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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