After closing for refurbishment in November 2023, we now know when the Astro Orbitor at Disneyland Park is set to reopen.
Astro Orbitor Refurbishment
The Astro Orbitor webpage on the Disneyland website lists operating hours for the Tomorrowland attraction beginning on Friday, March 8, 2024, which would mean an over three-month-long closure.
Astro Orbitor was completely dismantled and removed from Disneyland for refurbishment work, with just some themed elements remaining visible behind construction walls.
The base of the attraction has returned to Tomorrowland and is covered in a blue tarp. The Astro Orbitor usually towers over the Tomorrowland entrance.
The construction walls feature plaques with the history of the Astro Orbitor, although the plaque for the Magic Kingdom version of the ride originally had incorrect information. It was later replaced with an updated plaque.
The Astro Orbitor is a replica of the Orbitron attraction at Disneyland Paris but was preceded at Disneyland Park by Astro Jets. Between the opening of Astro Jets in 1956 and its closure in 1997, it was renamed the Tomorrowland Jets and then the Rocket Jets.
The decorative planet to the right when facing the Tomorrowland entrance is also now surrounded by scaffolding. Tan tarps cover the outside of the scaffolding. The large planets that frame the attraction weren’t removed but it looks like they’re still getting some TLC.
The other rocket spinner attractions at Disney Parks include Astro Orbiter at Magic Kingdom (originally named Star Jets), Orbitron at Hong Kong Disneyland, and Jet Packs at Shanghai Disneyland. Star Jets at Tokyo Disneyland was replaced by The Happy Ride with Baymax.
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