Are you ready for an experience that’s….out of this world? Get ready to blast off to Space 220, Epcot’s newest and most unique restaurant. This is dining unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.
Getting a Reservation
Getting a reservation for Space 220 is very difficult, but not impossible. You can keep checking your My Disney Experience app to see if a reservation becomes available or you can wait in the standby line to get into the Space 220 lounge. Sometimes there isn’t too long of a wait (usually 45minutes to an hour) and sometimes I have seen it be a 2-3 hour wait. My suggestion is to check My Disney Experience every day to see if something opens up in the actual restaurant. If you don’t mind waiting in the line and eating in the lounge, that might be a better option for you.
Checking In/Space Elevator
Once you walk to the front of the line to check in, you are lead through two sliding doors and you are given a space elevator boarding pass. You can’t just walk into this restaurant; you must board the space elevator. After all, you will be “dining 220 miles above Epcot”. You will be departing space and arriving at the Centauri Space Station.
The elevator to space is one of the coolest things I have ever seen in Walt Disney World. It is very immersive; it vibrates and moves as if you are actually in an enormous elevator. You are blasting off from Epcot to Space! The best part of the whole elevator ride… (SPOILER ALERT) is that above you, you can see the elevator going to space and docking at the space station and below you, you can see all of Epcot and then the whole state of Florida as you are now 220 miles in the air.
The atmosphere at Space 220 is unbelievable. You don’t feel as though you are in Future World at Epcot anymore. It is easy to imagine this is what a “space restaurant” would look like. You see a rotating wheel of lettuce inside of a wall (similar to the giant wheel you see in the queue for Mission: SPACE.) When you enter the actual dining room, windows with beautiful views of outer space surround the restaurant. It truly feels as if you were in outer space.
One of the coolest features was that the views from “space” lined up with real time. For example, I went into my reservation around 4:30pm and it was still light out, so the view of Earth that you can see is that it is still light out. I left the restaurant around 5:45pm and it was already dark outside so if you looked out the space windows, the whole east coast of the United States was lit up. Think of how cities look when you fly over them in an airplane during the day vs at night. The amount of detail that went into this restaurant is amazing. Also, occasionally, you can see astronauts and spacecrafts floating throughout space. One of the best things I saw was two astronauts having a lightsaber battle and an astronaut walking his space dog!
Space 220 features a prix fixe menu for lunch and dinner in the main dining room. For lunch, it is $55 for adults and $29 for kids. For dinner, it is $79 for adults and $29 for kids. If you choose to eat in the lounge, you can order select items a la carte. There are seven types of appetizers available on the menu. I ordered the Space Greens which is bibb lettuce, dried cranberries, roasted pears, spiced pecans and apple cider dressing. It was incredibly fresh and delicious. The presentation of the food was excellent, and it was easy to tell that you were being served the best of the best. Nothing was wilted, the pears were perfectly cut, the pecans weren’t broken- it was great.
For the main course, you also have seven dinners to choose from. I got the 8oz filet mignon which included cabernet butter, potato leek croquette, haricots verts and of course- the filet. Everything was cooked to perfection and again the presentation of the food was spot on. The filet was incredible, the vegetables were fresh, and the potato leek croquette was delicious. My favorite part of the meal was dessert. I got the sticky toffee pudding cake. It was a delicious, moist cake with dark chocolate sauce, caramel crunchy pearls and salted toffee drizzle. It was one of the best desserts that I’ve ever had. The way it was presented on the plate, made it look like a tiny galaxy. I highly recommend it.
I was pleasantly surprised with Space 220. I absolutely loved how immersive it was and the extra attention to detail from the moment you walk in until the moment you leave. The atmosphere was amazing. From the exciting elevator ride up to the space station, to the panoramic views of space, to the costumes that the wait staff were wearing- simply amazing.
The food was wonderful and fresh.I loved everything that I ordered, and you don’t have to wait long for the food either. Everything was brought out in a timely manner where I didn’t feel as if I was waiting long but I also didn’t feel rushed. The dessert, as I mentioned before, was exquisite. If they ever released the recipe for the sticky toffee pudding cake, I would be the first person to attempt to recreate it. I loved looking out the window at outer space and I loved seeing the astronauts floating by. If you are looking for an “out of this world” experience, look no further than Space 220. I highly recommend it!The Orlando Real on