The Astro Orbitor at Disneyland is closed for refurbishment until 2024, with construction walls up around the Tomorrowland attraction.
Astro Orbitor Closed
Blue construction walls encircle Astro Orbitor, which is at the entrance to Tomorrowland in Disneyland.
A sign on the walls reads:
Departing flights will resume in winter 2024
Please enjoy our other Tomorrowland attractions
We can assume “winter 2024” means January, February, or March — not late December 2024.
Astro Orbitor History
Astro Jets was the original rocket-spinner attraction at Disneyland and opened in 1956. When United Airlines became a park sponsor in 1964, the name was changed to Tomorrowland Jets due to concerns that Astro Jets would be connected to American Airlines’ Astrojet service.
Tomorrowland Jets closed in 1966 for a major Tomorrowland renovation. The ride reopened a year later as the Rocket Jets and lasted until 1997, when another major Tomorrowland renovation began.
In 1998, the new Astro Orbitor opened. It’s a replica of Orbitron at Disneyland Paris (although with some different coloring), where it was an opening day attraction in 1992.
At Magic Kingdom in Florida, the similar Star Jets opened in 1974. It was re-themed to Astro Orbiter in 1994. Star Jets existed at Tokyo Disneyland from its opening in 1983 until 2017, when it closed to make space for The Happy Ride with Baymax.
At Hong Kong Disneyland, the ride is also known as Orbitron. It and the Magic Kingdom version of the ride are visually similar to the Disneyland and Disneyland Paris versions — with a central tower and large planetary orbs — and have similar rocket vehicles.
Jet Packs is another celestial spinner ride at Shanghai Disneyland, although it looks very different from the other rides.