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Astronauts Are Returning to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

While we talk mostly about the Disney Theme Parks here at Disney Tips, sometimes we will add information on other area attractions. There is a lot of exciting news coming out of Kennedy Space Center that we thought we would share.

Related: Chat With an Astronaut at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex!

Astronauts used to be part of the experience at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. You could meet an astronaut and learn more about what it’s like to visit space. Things changed because of COVID-19, but Kennedy Space Center has announced that the astronauts are returning!

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Here’s the information from the Kennedy Space Center website:


For the first time in almost 2 years, astronauts are returning to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex! 

Each day at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, visitors get the rare opportunity to meet veteran NASA astronauts. During Astronaut Encounter, commanders, pilots, mission and payload specialists who have lived and worked in space share their experiences during a live presentation and question & answer session. You may also visit the Astronaut of the Day at The Space Shop or Shuttle Express for his or her autograph. 

Please check the Daily Schedule upon arrival for show times and autograph opportunities. You may also visit the Event Calendar to see who is the Astronaut of the Day on the date of your visit. This presentation is located in Universe Theater, presented by Northrop Grumman.

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This is all included with your Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission. The schedule is as follows:

Don Thomas | December 13 – 14

Mike Baker | December 15 – 18

Ken Cameron | December 19 – 22

Norm Thagard | December 23 – 28

Tony Antonelli | December 29 – January 2

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is a great destination if you want to spend a day outside of the Walt Disney World bubble. It’s also popular for those who have a cruise planned out of Port Canaveral.

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You can learn more about the Space Program, past, present, and future. There are activities for all ages.

Related: Holidays In Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is located inside the Heroes & Legends exhibit. Another must-see is the Rocket Garden. If you time your visit right, you might even see a rocket launch!

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.