If you're looking for the ultimate space-themed dining experience, look no further than Space 220 at Epcot. From the moment you step inside this futuristic restaurant, you'll feel like you've been transported to a real-life space station. The atmosphere is truly unique and something that can't be found anywhere else in Disney World.
Here is everything you need to know about Space 220 in Epcot.
Space 220 isn't actually located in space, but you will definitely feel like an astronaut when you step inside! Located in Epcot next to Mission Space in World Discovery, this restaurant brings a unique and unforgettable experience to Disney visitors. With its stunning theming inspired by the depths of outer space, dining at Space 220 is truly a one of kind dining experience.
You have three options for dining at Space 220.
First is the restaurant. Lunch is served in the restaurant dining room from 11:30am to 3:55pm and costs $55 for adults and $29 for kids.
Dinner is served from 4pm to 8:40pm and costs $79 for adults and $29 for kids.
These prices include your Lift-Off (appetizer) and Star Course (entree). Drinks and desserts costs extra. The kids meals also come with Space 220 collectable cards.
Your second option is the lounge. If you dine in the lounge you can order any of the appetizer options a la cart. The prices range from $12-$24 depending on what you order. You can also order any alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.
While the lounge menu doesn't include the entree options, you can definitely ask your server and order an entree from the regular menu. If you decide to do this, keep in mind that you can't order only the entree. You'll have to get both the entree and an appetizer.
If you are looking to save some money, you can sit in the lounge and split a meal (entree and appetizer) between 2 or more people.
You can find the full menu on Disney's website.
Lastly you can sit at the bar in Space 220. There are only 10 seats available, and they are first come, first serve.
Getting a table at either the lounge or dining room will require you to make reservations in advance. You can do this by heading to Disney's website 60 days in advance.
Reservations for Space 220 can be extremely difficult to get. I would suggest being ready at the 60 day mark, and if you are staying at a Disney Resort, booking this reservation towards the end of your trip might be easier (you can read more about that and other tips for had to get reservations here).
If you want to try to walk up to get a table, currently your only option is to sit at the bar. If you decide that you want to do this, know that it isn't a virtual waiting list. You can't put your name in and then wander the park. It is a physical line, and if you leave you'll lose your spot. So if this is for you, get there early! And be ready to wait.
This is truly one of the most unique dining experiences you'll ever find. When you check in for your reservation you'll be given a boarding pass to get on the Centauri Space Station where the restaurant is located.
You'll take an elevator from here to get on the Space Station.
It is essentially a simulator experience.
The simulator lets guests take off and explore the galaxy. As you make your ascent in the space elevator, you look up and see the space station drawing ever closer while down below Earth looks increasingly small.
Not to worry though - the elevator ride is surprisingly smooth and enjoyable even for those who suffer from motion sickness. But if you are concerned, just let a Cast Member know and you can bypass this part. After your intergalactic meal, it's time to get back on board the elevator for the return trip to Earth.
Wonder how they get fresh vegetables in space? After you exit the elevator you'll walk past a hydroponic lettuce wheel. It may sound lame, but it's extremely cool.
When you enter the dining room the focus is definitely the giant windows. Here you'll have an amazing view of Earth below. You'll also see the occasional space ship, astronaut, and even lightsaber battle.
I have had the pleasure of dining here more than once. So this review is a combination of more than one experience.
Right off the bat, I will say that dining in the lounge is the way better deal. Not only are you able to order a la carte, but I personally think the view is far superior. The lounge area is in the back of the restaurant, and up a bit higher than most of the dining room.
You might think being closer to the windows is better. But it isn't.
When you are in the lounge you have a perfect view of all of the windows. The restaurant itself isn't that big. So even though you are in the "back" you aren't far from the windows. If you are seating in a booth in the dining room, there is a chance you'll be right up against a window. Meaning you can only see what is happening right in front of you. From the lounge you can watch astronauts and ships fly by. You can see the entire Earth. You have a view of it all!
Plus you aren't held to the full menu. You can order a la carte. So if you only want appetizers or desserts, it's not a problem.
In general, I have always enjoyed eating at Space 220. While the food is very good, the definite stand out is the atmosphere. The giant windows really are a show stopper. And the constant action keeps it interesting your entire meal.
So as I said. The lounge is where you want to be.
The service every time I have visited has been top notch. In true Disney World fashion, every Cast Member we interacted with played the part of someone who works (and maybe even lives?) in a space station. Even to the point where our server told us that Space 220 had something Disney World didn't... plastic straws (there are no turtles in space is what he told us). While I appreciate the commitment to theming this one surprised me.
Some of our favorite dishes include Blue Moon Cauliflower (appetizer), Pad Thai (main entree), and Chicken on Waffles (appetizer).
The Blue Moon Cauliflower is tempura fried cauliflower and is absolutely amazing. I like to pretend that I ordered something healthy, but there is no way this fried cauliflower was anywhere near healthy based on how delicious it was. It was served with house made hot sauce and blue cheese, neither of which were overpowering. This is a great vegetarian (but no vegan) option.
The Chicken on Waffle is another favorite. The waffle itself is made with smoked bacon and roasted corn, which wasn't our favorite. I think we would have preferred a more traditional waffle for this dish.
It is topped with both fried and shredded chicken, which are both delicious. Those are topped with coleslaw and a bourbon maple glaze.
Lastly the Pad Thai, off the main dining menu, was absolutely delicious. This option is vegan friendly, but don't let that turn you off if you are a meat eater. The sweet chili sauce and combination of noodles with crunchy vegetables was so very good.
If you are in the lounge and ordering off of that menu, which only offers appetizers, the big disappointment will be the plate sizes. For about $17 a plate, the portions are very small.
We've found that if we sit in the lounge, and split a meal between two people, we get so much more bang for our buck. After splitting the Blue Moon Cauliflower and Space Pad Thai, I thought I would have be rolled back to earth I was so full.
We have also tried several fun drinks at Space 220. Some of our favorites are:
Imagination, a cocktail with Malibu and Bicardi Rum and several different juices. The glass has a pop rock rim, which is both fun and colorful. It was sweet and tasty, and NOT AT ALL watered down. So if you don't typically drink, prepare yourself!
The Milky Way (labeled as a dessert drink). This chilled coffee and caramel drink was a delight. And it was even garnished with a fun size Milky Way candy bar. This is a fun non-alcoholic drink that my teenager loved.
Illumination, which is a sweet drink made with Bicardi rum, pineapple, and passion fruit boba at the bottom.
Overall we enjoy the food and we love the atmosphere at Space 220. Our biggest issue is the cost. The fixed menu price is expensive. Especially if you are traveling with picky eaters or kids who will only want the $35 chicken tenders.
Even the lounge is pricy if you look at how much food you get in an appetizer for the cost.
I think this restaurant is worth it if you are looking for a unique splurge for your vacation. It can also definitely be worth it if you can grab a reservation for the lounge and plan your meal. Unlike the restaurant, the lounge lets you order a la cart. So your group can split a couple of appetizers or a meal, have a drink, and relax in the air conditioning (wait... that's not a thing in space, is it? Well. Cool off in however they cool down a space station).
The main restaurant can also be worth it depending on what you order. With a fixed price menu ($79 for adults for dinner), you aren't going to get value if you order the Gemini Burger (white cheddar bacon cheeseburger). But if you are planning on ordering the steak or seared tuna, you might find the value.
This restaurant is not worth the value if you are a light eater. If you're ordering the steak salad or burger, you wont be getting your monies worth. I would also say it's not worth it if you have kids ordering off of the kids menu. Paying $35 for chicken tenders and a scoop of ice cream seems like a bit much. I don't care how many "free" Space 220 trading cards they give my kids.
All in all we really enjoyed our meal at Space 220. We had fun watching ships and astronauts out the window. Our seat in the lounge gave us amazing views of the entire restaurant and all of the windows. The food was really tasty and the service was out of this world (sorry, I had to). I wont be making a return trip any time soon, but for an amazing and unique experience it was worth it.
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