Astro Orbiter

Astro Oribiter in Disneyland opened in 1998. The ride replaced the older Rocket Jets that were located further in Tomorrowland. This is a simple ride but one that has a minor detail in design that ads a little fun to it. The ride essential goes in a circle while riders sit a rocket ship. The riders control whether they go up or down. The ride is very similar to the Dumbo ride in Fantasyland, however Astro Oribter goes fast and higher. The twist I was talking about for Astro Orbiter is that the arms that the ride vehicles are attached to hand down a little less than perpendicular to the ground. What this means is that if you stay low while the ride is in operation, you will feel the centripetal force more and in some people’s opinion, makes Astro Orbiter more fun in the downward position.

 

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