Guests eager to dine at a new Walt Disney World restaurant are queuing up. Space 220 debuted on September 20 at EPCOT and “transports” visitors 220 miles above the Earth’s surface for lunch and supper, complete with interplanetary sights and unearthly food.
Are you ready to go on this (virtual) journey? Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a qualified astronaut to take this trip into space. A space elevator is available.
We went to the new restaurant on its first day, and here’s what it’s like to eat lunch, dinner, or simply get a drink in space.
Guests check in at the Space 220 Departure Lounge at EPCOT’s Future World, then board a “Stellarvator” – a space elevator that zips them (virtually) 220 kilometers up to the Centauri Space Station.
During your “ascension,” you’ll witness EPCOT decrease and an astronaut’s-eye view of Florida take shape as you approach the Space Station.
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You’ll head to the large dining area with sweeping panoramic views of Earth below and the ultimate frontier beyond after you’ve docked. The “windows” stare down on Earth, which changes appearance as the day progresses. The moon appears in the late afternoon. Come around sunset to witness the sun set and the city lights turn on, and you’ll see the darkness sweep over the Earth.
Floating astronauts, space tourists, and even a dog in a space suit float by, along with passing spacecraft and space debris. While Space 220 isn’t Star Wars-themed, Disney is known for including Easter eggs, so you could see astronauts engaging in a lighthearted lightsaber duel or playing with a toy X-wing.
Try This at Space 220
At Space 220, you’ll get outrageously creative cocktails and excellent cuisine. The menu is prix fixe ($55 for a two-course lunch; $79 for a three-course dinner; $29 for a two-course kids meal for lunch and dinner), and the courses are appropriately called Lift-Off (appetizer), Star Course (entree), and Super Nova Sweets (dessert).
Cocktails are the most unusual part of the menu. Choose from “Atmospheric Spirits,” such as the Atmospritz, which is poured over a cotton candy cloud at your table. As you drink the Planetary Punch, a surreal purple combination of Bacardi Silver, Malibu, Blue Curacao, guava, and coconut served atop jagged ice cubes that resemble crystals, it bubbles away in your glass.
Moon Rocks is a brilliant blue combination of coconut, blue cotton candy syrup, lemonade, “moon dust,” and “moon rocks,” delivered with a pack of Burst Rocks that sizzle and pop when added to your drink for kids and anyone looking for a zero-proof beverage.
The foods may sound exotic, but they are generally amusingly titled yet widely palatable options. Blue Moon Cauliflower — tempura fried cauliflower with housemade spicy sauce and blue cheese “dust” (a fast favorite among early visitors); Starry Calamari; and Neptune Tartare are among the lift-off appetizers.
Star Courses like an 8-ounce filet mignon and roasted free-range chicken are crowd-pleasers. The Bluehouse Salmon is the most immersive option, arriving in a covered dish that is lifted at your table to emit a cloud of smoke. The plate’s soft caramelized carrots, king oyster muffins, young bok choy, and precisely cooked salmon all have a subtle, smokey taste. Even more inventive is the vegetarian alternative. Terra-Bolognese, corn linguine, tempeh ragu, macadamia nut “ricotta,” zucchini and mushroom received unanimous approval from our meat-eaters.
Space Station Supplementals are a la carte add-ons if you’re feeling frivolous. The Galactic Lobster Globe ($18) is a Maine lobster salad with grains, greens, mango, avocado, and a citrus dressing topped with crispy wontons. Space 220’s supper menu includes a 1.5-pound roasted whole lobster filled with jumbo crab ($20) and a 24-ounce bone-in steak ($18).
Desserts appear to be more out of this planet than savory dishes. Lemon Mousse is a lemony sphere with white chocolate rings that is served with lemon custard, marinated blueberries, and lemon curd. Crunchy pearls, cookie crumbs, chocolate sauce, and dark chocolate shards decorate the Chocolate Cheesecake. And the dessert menu’s surprise star, a vegan carrot cake, is delicately studded with a delicious plant-based cream cheese that you won’t believe is dairy-free.
For the Kids
Little Aspiring Astronauts can select a Star Course and dessert from the children’s menu and get a keepsake collectable cup for $3. All children’s meals include collectible Space 220 trading cards.
Cocktails at Space 220’s Bar
Guests may alternatively forgo the main course and travel to the Space 220 bar for beverages and “Flight Bites,” tiny meals such as Astro Deviled Eggs, Short Rib Sliders, and Chicken on Waffles. Lounge tables offer a similar perspective to dining room tables, and mirrors at the bar reflect the windows into space.
The theming is never interrupted throughout the experience, from plates that look like moon rock to servers who keep the tale going by asking guests how they’re adjusting to the altitude and pointing out ships out the windows. Even in the toilets, there’s a comforting sign saying they’ve got you covered if there’s a gravity problem during your stay.
If you want to visit Space 220 on your next trip to Walt Disney World, the restaurant is only taking walk-ins until September 26. Beginning Sept. 27, lunch and dinner will be by reservation only, but drinks and Flight Bites in the lounge will continue to be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Born in 1993, my Father John and mother Sarah have taking me to Disney since I was an infant. When I am not blogging about Disney I am scrapbooking and planning my next Disney vacation!
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