It has finally happened. Literally years after it was first announced in 2017, EPCOT’s Espac 220 has finally debuted.
Located next to the EPCOT: SPACE mission, Space 220 transports guests to a connected space station in Florida, 220 miles above Earth, to really eat out of this world.
Now the restaurant is only open for lunch and dinner; however, lunch is currently priced at $ 55.00 per adult and includes appetizer and starter. Dinner is much more expensive $ 79.00 per adult but includes appetizer, starter and dessert.
On the opening day of Space 220, our park reporter, Chrissy, was on hand to see if Space 220 was worth the wait and its high price.
Note: Although the opening day was just a walk, but it is reported that it has since released a virtual queue. Bookings opened Sept. 20 through Sept. 27, which is when the lounge will be just a walk away. However, the bar will require reservations at least for the initial opening on September 26th. In total, no advance bookings are available for the opening week and it is currently unknown how things are handled until then.
Space 220 Check-in
The entrance sign for space 220 is to the right of Mission: SPACE as a restaurant and attraction, well, space. In fact, Chrissy noticed that the lines of Mission: SPACE Orange and the outer tail of Space 220 are only separated by a chain.
On opening day, guests entered the line to the left of the Space 220 sign and followed a curved wall until they reached the outside check-in counter.
The parties were grouped together, similar to how it is done in a Hibachi restaurant, and then escorted to the sleek, interior lobby to receive boarding passes and wait to be called.
Boarding passes are laminated plastic cards where the boarding card of the Centauri space station space elevator can be read and lists the departure planet, arrival location, elevator, and section. But really, they are more for show than for anything else.
The elevator that simulates your journey into space shows that the EPCOT is getting smaller and smaller through a screen on the floor and the station getting closer as it approaches a higher screen.
Leaving the elevator, guests are at the space station where a hydroponic lettuce garden (with serious vibrations of Living with the Earth) revolves gently. As Chrissy pointed out, if the hydrolyser elevator didn’t reach the space it wouldn’t have generated bubbles for you, the sight of the sterile spinning lettuce.
The dining room itself is the main attraction with large windows overlooking the space and offering a view of the Earth. Chrissy noted that even Disney photos and videos couldn’t do justice to these visuals because they were so stunning and detailed in person.
In addition, it does not stop moving, and astronauts often appear fighting with lightsabers, with X-wings and the like. Look away for a moment and you will find something missing.
He also added that while the cutlery looked just images; in person, it’s aerodynamic, sleek, and surprisingly heavy. Other nearby groups also commented. The same can be said with the long, narrow, cylindrical water launcher. Everything has a futuristic design that is so fun in person.
The menus for the two meals are largely similar, with only a few extras for dinner. Chrissy, however, was there for lunch where the house specialties consisted of Planetary Punch and Atmospritz cocktails, the Galactic Lobster Globe and all children’s trading cards or soft drinks.
The “space station supplements”, which are additional tickets for an additional price, can be selected for both lunch and dinner, and the lounge menu has some additional offers that do not appear in the main menus.
Chrissy found that they were pretty strict in general “something kids’ meals are for kids,” something unusual for Disney. However, children aged 9 and under get a blanket, crayons and a pack of Space 220 trading cards. They can also order a special flirt. Children’s lunch and dinner are priced at $ 29.00 per child and includes a plate of entrees, desserts and drinks and is mainly a kitchenette, suitable for children, such as macaroni and cheese, chicken and spaghetti.
The lunch menu
Lift-Offs Appetizers: $ 55.00 per person and includes 1 descent (appetizer) and 1 star dish (entrance)
Big Bang Burrata
Suau. Creamy. Huge. The best ways to describe cheese. Fin.
Perfectly crispy and well-seasoned squid dishes in a light and crunchy dough. The spicy marinade is definitely SPICY! Equally, the mouth will still feel flames after a few bits and water. The roasted pepper citrus aioli is delicious! It’s not as innovative or creative as Citricos, but it’s the best version of what it is: a well-known American fare.
Fresh, nice and with a portion large enough to justify the price. The presentation was immaculate, which Chrissy thought might be due to the fact that it was the first day, but hopefully that effort will be the norm.
The best salad out of the epic Citricos strawberry salad. Sweet, tart and delicious.
Galactic Lobster Globe: $ 18.00 (as it is one of these “space station supplements”)
It was presented in a thick glass bowl that resembled a terrarium to be found at home on the desk of that 1970s scientist on the Earth spacecraft.
It’s dramatic, amazing, and even more impressive when you start fishing for the huge chunks of lobster. Now it’s no secret that Disney’s lobster is often missing, but not this dish. It’s so cool and well prepared, and there are huge stacks. It looks like it should cost over $ 18 and Chrissy is betting it won’t stay on the price for long.
“Star courses” tickets
Flat iron fillet
Roast free baked chicken
Super Nova Sweets Desserts
Herbal Carrot Cake: $ 14.00
Sticky caramel pudding cake: $ 14.00
The best version of this British classic. If you like this light bitter bite of a dark molasses, this is your jam. Your server will pour a warm, sweet, sticky caramel touch over the perfect mound of cakes and bananas, so get your phone ready.
Lemon Mousse: $ 14.00
Magnificent white chocolate rings make this theme the most visually visual theme of dessert, but it’s so spicy that it’s impossible to get past the disc to properly appreciate the fluffy, creamy texture as you pass the spoon over the custard.
As a person who is ready to stand up and cheer up every citrus added to any menu, this was too sour for Chrissy’s taste. Her server warned her that even though she was going to take a fantastic photo, and yes, it was not her favorite.
Planetary Punch: $ 15.00
Hooray for any drink that promises bubbles and a show and delivers for over a second or two! It was fun in blue and purple with a sweet taste.
Atmospritz: $ 15.00
Served in a martini glass, the waiter will serve this very strong drink over a cotton candy puff. Even a fist full of fairy silk can’t sweeten this powerful drink for Chrissy. I only had two sips to be able to keep running.
The Milk Way: $ 12.00 (alcohol free)
Includes a small clip and a bite-sized Milky Way. The best part? Space 220 trading cards include all children’s non-alcoholic meals and beverages.
Chrissy loved everything about this experience, except for Disney’s lack of communication, as everyone who wanted to get in was crushed for 75 minutes. Fortunately, they seem to have it under control now, which means everyone can focus on the experience and the food.
Overall, this is now one of its 3 most important Walt Disney World dining venues. The other two would be Citricos and Topolino. The wonderfully prepared family food and the combination with the best entree experience and atmosphere make it a real experience. For her, this is the money she would spend at the Droid Depot. You’ll spend less per person and you won’t feel so rushed.
Speaking of which, she was impressed by the quiet, relaxed atmosphere of her server knowing that there was a crowd of guests chilling in the low sun waiting to enter. It was nothing like a character dinner where you know you are keeping guests on a tight schedule to turn that table into the second appearance of the last character in rotation.
Chrissy was able to look at the drinks and was not asked to put the name of her snack until she was at the table. There were a few members of the cast walking around to make sure glasses were filled with water – something small that makes your time feel more relaxed and less like a stopwatch.
Basically, she loved, loved, loved this place and can’t wait to go back. Yes, it is expensive; but, as Chrissy said, she pays $ 12 for popcorn and $ 3.50 for a bottle of water, so it’s online and the quality is maintained.
What do you think of space 220? Are you interested in checking it out? Let us know in the comments.