For Disney fans, there’s nothing quite as exciting as the opening of a new theme park land, attraction, Resort Hotel or restaurant in Walt Disney World.
Over the past several years, Guests have enjoyed myriad new offerings from Disney. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park, Frozen Ever After and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Disney’s EPCOT, Gideon’s Bakehouse in Disney Springs, and the ground-breaking immersive Disney Resort Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser are just a few exciting examples.
And Disney isn’t stopping there! We can’t wait to experience Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and Moana: Journey of Water (both at Disney’s EPCOT Park), and TRON Lightcycle Run roller coaster in Disney’s Magic Kingdom!
But while we wait for these new offerings to be completed, let’s talk about Disney’s much-anticipated new restaurant in EPCOT: Space 220, which opened in 2021. Should you splurge on this pricey eatery, or skip it?
What and Where
The Space 220 restaurant expands the fun at the Mission: SPACE Pavilion in World Discovery at Disney’s EPCOT.
If you’ve ever been torn between the Orange Team and Green Team missions at Mission: SPACE (or maybe made the wrong choice and lived to regret it), dining next door at Space 220 is a great way to experience a space adventure without the pesky G-forces and spinning.
The backstory (every Disney Park restaurant worth its salt has one)? Guests travel 220 miles up to a space station, where they enjoy fabulous views of the stars and Earth as they dine. Sounds great, right? Read on to see if this unique restaurant is for you!
Your Space 220 restaurant adventure begins with a launch into the cosmos, via a space elevator.
Look down, and you’ll see EPCOT, Orlando, and then planet Earth itself recede below you; look up, and you’ll see the space station get closer as you prepare to dock. For many Guests, this is the highlight of a meal here – make sure you have your camera out!
We’re told Imagineers did not consult NASA when designing Space 220, but you could have fooled us!
The theming throughout the restaurant is as impressive as you’d imagine, and you’ll certainly feel like you’re orbiting the Earth from 220 miles above.
Decked out in a monochromatic, minimalist style as befitting an eatery on a space station, the restaurant boasts panoramic windows along its perimeter for magnificent “views” of the Earth and space.
Watch carefully, and you’ll notice that the views correspond to the actual time of day, and if you time your meal perfectly, you can even watch night gradually fall across the planet. Don’t miss the bathrooms – the astronaut and artificial gravity malfunction signs are worth checking out, even if you don’t need to use the facilities!
We won’t sugarcoat it – Space 220 is one of the priciest dining spots on Disney property.
For lunch, Adults choose an appetizer and entrée for $55. For dinner, you also get a dessert, and the total cost is $79. Meals for kids are cheaper, at $29 for either lunch or dinner. You can add sides and beverages for an extra cost.
The prix fixe menu is not as extensive as we’d hope at this price point. Appetizers include fairly basic salads, fried calamari, tuna, and “Big Bang Burrata”.
Main courses are heavy on the chicken, fish, and beef dishes, with just one vegetarian or vegan option (Terra-Bolognese).
Dessert – only included at dinner – offers more variety, with five delicious treats including Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake and Lemon Mousse.
The consensus seems to be that Space 220 eats are good, just maybe not good enough to justify the sky-high prices you’ll pay to enjoy them. Food is beautifully presented, no matter what you order.
Space 220 is open for lunch and dinner, and you’ll want to make sure you snag a reservation for this coveted restaurant as soon as humanly possible if you want to eat here.
If the pricing for a meal in the cosmos has you seeing stars and not in a good way, you’ll be happy to know that you can opt to eat at Space 220 Lounge, which has more budget-friendly eats.
The a la carte menu here features items like Astro Deviled Eggs, Chicken on Waffles, and New England Lobster Roll, at price points ranging from $12.00 to $34. There’s still precious little here for anyone with any kind of dietary restrictions, though.
You can sample one of the signature drinks, including appropriately named offerings like The Big Tang, The Nebula, Jupiter Fizz, and Celestial Cosmopolitan. Note: unlike most lounges at Walt Disney World, you can and should make an advanced dining reservation!
Keep your eyes peeled for traditional Hidden Mickeys and other fun appearances out the windows. You may see a dog being walked, an astronaut family, and even a lightsaber battle as you gaze into space!
For most of us, this is as close as we’ll ever get to dining (or doing anything else) in space. The theming is on point, and as a novelty experience, Space 220 is worth doing once, especially if there are budding astronauts in your party!
Where this restaurant loses marks is the food and price point categories. Guests on a budget, picky eaters or those with dietary restrictions may not find the restaurant as appealing (although like any table service restaurant, you can always speak with a chef about creating a custom meal for you).
Now that you have the scoop, you can decide for yourself whether Space 220 is worth the splurge, or gets a skip, on your next WDW vacation.