Disney World opens an "out of this world" dining experience at EPCOT - Space 220

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Tour of Space 220
Posted: Monday September 20, 2021 6:52pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Space 220 officially lifted off today at EPCOT, offering guests a virtual ride to the Centauri Space Station to experience a fine dining experience like no other.

A dedication ceremony early this morning featured executives from operating partner Patina Restaurant Group, Delaware North (Patina Restaurant Group's parent company), Disney, and special guests Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

Located in what will become the World Discovery neighborhood of EPCOT, the highly anticipated Space 220 becomes part of the Mission: SPACE pavilion, serving lunch and dinner with prix fixe menus along with a lounge with its own light-bites menu.

The journey begins in the lobby of Space 220 where groups are issued boarding passes to board the space elevators to the Centauri Space Station located 220 miles above the Earth.

As liftoff begins, you see and feel EPCOT drop away under your feet, and then views of Earth as you rapidly ascend to the space station. Reminiscent of the hydrolators at the former Living Seas, the launch experience is a lot of fun, and the younger visitors will be convinced they are heading into space. Lighting, audio and underfoot physical rumbling all adds to the effect and realism of the ascent.

Watch the video below for a complete tour of Space 220, including the ascent to the Space Station and return to Earth. (YouTube 4K version)

Once at the Space Station, you pass through richly detailed hallways where you also get a glimpse of the spinning Grow Zone representing some of the restaurant's produce.

Passing through the hallways, you ultimately reach the expansive 600+ capacity dining room.

Arriving in the dining room, your attention is immediately drawn to the windows at the rear of the dining room, offering a panoramic view of the Earth below you.

The view changes by day and night to reflect the conditions on Earth, and there are even some space tourists who occasionally come into view.

The view is detailed and realistic, with the windows providing a realistic sense of depth to the scene. There are multiple planes of view to the display system, allowing objects to be displayed at different depths.

All of the tables have a great view of the windows, with tiered levels ensuring a view for everyone. A calm and relaxing "spacey" background soundtrack sets the mood and is a welcome elapse from the tussle and bustle of the theme park back on Earth.

A lounge at the top of the dining room offers its own menu of light bites (non prix fixe) and is available as a walk-up without any reservations required (even after September 27 when reserved seating goes into effect.) Guests seated in the lounge can also order from the main menu, although guests in the main dining room cannot order from the lounge menu.

The lounge is surprisingly large and offers an excellent option for anyone who has not made a reservation but wishes to take in the food and experience of Space 220.

As part of the media preview, we sampled a number of the dishes. While this article is not intended to be a review, we are happy to report that the very high standard of Patina Restaurant Group continues at Space 220. The group operates some of our favorite Walt Disney World restaurants, including Morimoto Asia, Maria & Enzo's, The Edison, Pizza Ponte, and Via Napoli.

Led by Executive Chef Marc Kusche, the varied menu is very well executed and is undoubtedly in the top-tier of EPCOT's restaurants. View the Space 220 menus.

Both lunch and dinner are prix fixe, with lunch costing $55 for adults and $79 for an adult dinner. Kids' pricing is $29 for both lunch and dinner.

Lunch consists of an appetizer and entree, with dinner adding a dessert.

Standout dishes from our tasting include the Blue Moon Caulifower (yes, cauliflower can be great), the Bluehouse Salmon, the Centauri Burger, and the Flat Iron Steak.

Drinks are not included but are available in both alcoholic and non-acholic versions. Several of them feature a tableside preparation.

With the purchase of any non-alcoholic cocktail or children's meal, guests receive a pack of Space 220 Collectible Trading Cards. Designed exclusively for and only distributed at Space 220, these limited-edition packs of cards feature custom illustrations and trivia facts about space exploration.

After your meal, you head back to the Space Elevators for the return to Earth. Similar to the ascent, you get to experience the virtual ride before arriving back at the main lobby and exit out to the Mission: SPACE courtyard.

After more than five years in the making, Disney has added another unique dining experience that feels very at home in EPCOT. It expands the footprint at Mission: SPACE, giving it a much more old-school EPCOT feel of a complete pavilion with attraction, restaurant, and merchandise. Comparisons will be made to Coral Reef, which has a similar concept, but the food at Space 220 is vastly superior. Unique experiences define much of a Walt Disney World visit, and Space 200 is another that you can't find anywhere else.

The price point may be on the upper end of Walt Disney World theme park dining, but Space 220 offers an experience that is more than you will find at most restaurants. Considering the elaborate show staging and quality of food, Space 220 should be high on your list to try during your next Walt Disney World visit.

Speaking to its popularity before even being open, reservations went on sale early this morning, and within 20 minutes, slots had already reached capacity through to the end of November. Space 220 is walk-up only through September 26, with reserved seating beginning September 27. If you cannot get a reservation, be sure to try for a spot in the lounge. The experience is just as good as the main dining room, with the option of a non prix fixe menu if desired.

The waits for walk-ups today were long, with multiple hour waits reached early in the day. An early arrival may be the best option for walk-ups.

Lunch begins at 11:30am daily, with dinner beginning at 4pm. No discounts are currently available.

Head to our Space 220 photo galleries to see more pictures.

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dmw1 day ago

I remember planning a trip late 90s and having to think about crowds due to local school field trips to EPCOT, back in the Edutainment era. It was definitely a kid park and (unfortunately, IMHO) has evolved into more of an adult park. My kids LOVED EPCOT back then.

G00fyDad1 day ago

I only have a problem when they lick the silverware before setting it down so it stays in one spot on the table.

UNCgolf1 day ago

I was wondering about this -- even the photos I've seen didn't look all that great to me. The concept art looked wonderful, but the actual execution seems disappointing.

WondersOfLife1 day ago

We went on this instead of getting on Rat. Rat was broken down for most of yesterday so our group just kept getting pushed back and back and back until it was smack down in the middle of our dining time. Another note: it took us 2 and a half hours from elevator entrance to elevator leaving. Very slow.

Notes from Neverland1 day ago

Can verify all of us. Also worth adding the waits vary wildly for the lounge throughout the day. We waited about 80 minutes around 11am-12pm before having to leave the line to make our Remy boarding group. We came back about 2 hours later and waited 10 minutes, maybe less. Sat at the bar as a party of 2 adults.

WondersOfLife1 day ago

I could be willing to bet that it may be possible that my server wasn’t trained/did not know if it was allowed. But I’m not certain on that since she seemed sure. We’ll just stick to garden grill. I’m super glad we got to experience this restaurant. Super cool. But it’s definitely a one and done for us. The earth screen didn’t look as impressive as it does in the pictures. But I loved the “elevator” room scene

jmuboy1 day ago

Epcot was always a favorite park as a kid ( back in the 90s)

ImperfectPixie1 day ago

I'd be e-mailing guest relations. It should have been allowed.

UNCgolf1 day ago

That's bizarre. They should have been happy to make that substitution -- the person is paying the adult prix fixe price, and they'd be getting a smaller/cheaper item. That should be extra profit; I can't think of any good reason to refuse that substitution.

flynnibus1 day ago

Thats ashame… the disney restaurants didn’t used have a problem with that kind of substitution. Obviously this is 3P… but you hate to see differences exposed like that

WondersOfLife1 day ago

On a side note, the food was good. Never got any refills. Loved the atmosphere. 6 out of 10 for me. Will never do again because of price. I believe we enjoyed the garden grill more than this. Plus it was endless food for a cheaper price.

WondersOfLife1 day ago

Walked up this morning at 10:00 am after riding Mission: Space. Got a reservation for 7:45 pm Experience - Amazing Service - Great Food - Meh Also, I had a picky eater with me. And she wasn’t allowed to get spaghetti from the kids meal because she’s an adult. You’d think that wouldn’t be an issue. Especially for 80 dollars per person. Also... why do they put the silverware directly on the table????

Magic Feather2 days ago

Notes about the Space 220 Lounge: -It is a physical standby queue -You are in the best shape to be seated quickly if you have a small group. Parties of 1 or 2 often get seated within 10-15 minutes. Parties of 3-4 a bit longer, and the number goes up exponentially from there. -Wait times will also be shorter with no kids. While the standard tables can accommodate kids, only guests over 18 can sit at the bar, meaning wait times could be longer if the next seat available is a bar seat.

ImperfectPixie3 days ago

Mine adore Epcot too, but they're about as far from being foodies as you can get. 😂