Epcot’s newest restaurant, Space 220, opens October 1 but we’ve had the good luck to dine in twice during previews!
Space 220 Arrival Experience
As you enter the Departure Lounge, you are greeted by the attendants and given a Boarding Pass to the Space Elevator.
The real journey begins in a “stellar-vator” that transports you 220 miles up over Epcot to the Centauri Space Station. It’s almost like a theme park ride and is something you’d find as part of a dining experience only at Disney. You see Epcot and then the state of Florida and then Earth below you, and eventually the stars and galaxy above you.
You will be wowed as you step inside the Centauri Space Station. There is a long, lit corridor with space lettuce, of all things. (Anyone else reminded of The Land at this point?!)
Walking into the main dining room, you are absolutely wowed with the celestial panorama of space. You might see astronauts, meteoroids and space ships during your time at the station. The entire vibe is different 220 miles up, as you are immersed in the sights and sounds of space. The restaurant has two tiers and good views of space from all seats. Strangely, half of the restaurant was empty both times we dined it. I imagine they are ramping up to full capacity and hope to see more reservations open up as they do.
Space 220 Lunch & Dinner Review
The prix fixe menu at lunch costs $55 per person age 10+ and includes two courses, one Lift Off and a Star Course per person. The dinner is $79 per person age 10+ and includes three courses with the addition of a Super Nova Sweet. There is some overlap on the two menus, but not everything is available at both meal times. Between our two meals we tried many things on the menu (and spent a fortune…. more on that to come). Favorites:
🌏 Blue Moon Cauliflower and Neptune Tartare
💫 Filet Mignon, Slow Rotation Short Rib and Galactic Lobster Globe
☄️ Lemon Mousse, Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake and Chocolate Cheesecake
✨ Big Tang Cocktail and Moon Rocks Zero Proof Sipper
Space 220 Lift-Offs
All of the Lift-Offs were delicious. The stand-outs are the Blue Moon Cauliflower and Nepture Tartare, with honorable mention to the Big Bang Burrata.
Big Bang Burrata: Burrata di Mozzarella, Grilled Artichoke Hearts, Arugula, Sunflower Seed Romesco
Starry Calamari: Fried Calamari, Italian Cherry Peppers, Spicy Marinara, Roasted Pepper Citrus Aioli
Blue Moon Cauliflower: Tempura Fried Cauliflower, Housemade Hot Sauce, Blue Cheese Dust
Neptune Tartare: Yellowfin Tuna, Yuzu Ginger Miso, Soy, Avocado, Raddish, Apple, Sesame Crackers
Centauri Caesar Salad: Miniature Romaine, Classic Caesar Dressing, Parmigiano Reggiano
Space 220 Star Course
We very much liked all of the food here. It was well prepared, well presented and just enjoyable. Our top choice at lunch is the Flat Iron Steak and Galactic Lobster Globe (we’ve never seen so much lobster in one serving!!). For dinner, we couldn’t pick a favorite as both were absolutely delicious.
Available at Lunch
Flat Iron Steak: Coffee Space Rub, Smashed Fingerling Potatoes, Cabernet Butter, Haricot Vert
Baked Maccheroni: Candele Pasta, Sausage Ragu, Broccolini, Sheep’s Milk Ricotta, Béchamel, Pecorino
Galactic Lobster Globe: Maine Lobster Salad, Quinoa, Bulgur Wheat, Avocado, Lettuce, Mango, Citrus Dressing, Crispy Wonton. Supplemental $18 to the Prix fixe menu.
Available at Dinner
Slow Rotation Short Rib: Braised Short Rib, Cheddar Grits, Bacon, Haricot Vert
8oz Filet Mignon: Cabernet Butter, Potato Leek Croquette, Haricot Vert
Super Nova Sweets
The desserts were out of this world and we loved that they are included in the dinner menu. We don’t think there is a bad choice here – just choose the one you prefer the most or have everyone in your party get something different!
Carrot Cake: Plant-Based Carrot Cake with Plant-Based Cream Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Toasted Pepitas
We ordered this one at lunch and it was devoured before I could get a picture (boys!). They said it was delicious. :-)
Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake: Dark Chocolate Sauce, Caramel Crunchy Pearls, Salted Toffee Drizzle
Chocolate Cheesecake: Whipped Chocolate Ganache, Chocolate Sauce, White Chocolate Crunchy Pearls, Cookie Crumbs, Dark Chocolate Shards
Lemon Mousse: Lemon Mousse Sphere adorned with White Chocolate Rings, Lemon Custard, Marinated Blueberries, Lemon Curd
In my opinion, the cocktails were not impressive. The presentation was lovely, but I found every one to be overly sweet. The best of the lot is The Big Tang, largely due to its stellar references to space (Tang AND space ice cream!?).
Celestial Cosmopolitan: Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Cointreau, Cranberry-Hibiscus Juice, Moon Dust
The Big Tang: Avion Silver, Grand Marnier, Tang-Infused Agave Nectar, Grapefruit, Strawberry, Served with Astronaut Ice Cream (pictured on left)
The Nebula: Maker’s Mark, Pineapple, Honey, Passion Fruit, Angostura Bitters, Moon Dust
Atmospritz: New Amsterdam, Aperol, Blood Orange, Orange Juice, Prosecco, Cotton Candy Cloud
Zero Proof Sippers
There are a variety of zero proof sippers for the under 21 set and our group very much enjoyed them! The favorite by a landslide was the Moon Rocks!
Lightyear Lemonade: Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade, Butterfly Pea Tea, Mint
Moon Rocks: Coconut, Blue Cotton Candy Syrup, Lemonade, Moon Dust, Moon Rocks (pictured on right)
Each Zero Proof Sipper comes with a pack of collectible Space 220 cards. Of course, Whit was ALL over this! Luckily the older boys gave all of their cards to him.
How To Get a Space 220 Reservation
Well, this is the million dollar question right now. I tried on opening day to get a reservation for my family and for a client who was interested. I was unable to secure either. For our dinner, we walked up and got a table for a party of 2. For lunch, I secured this less than two days prior while here in Disney by checking the app. It was a lucky find.
Many of my client families are parties of 5, 6, 8 and even 10. I can count on one hand my parties of 4 and under. The largest table in the restaurant sat 8 and I believe we saw one of them. The rest were for 2, 4 and 6. That means a party larger than 6 would likely need to find TWO reservations. Unfortunately, I don’t think this reservation will be easy to secure in advance.
The entire lounge area IS for walk-ups and was nearly empty both times we were there. The menu is different and is a la carte, which I don’t necessarily think is a bad thing. You could actually spend a lot less going this route. The walk up line forms outside of the restaurant and I recommend being at the park an hour before Early Park Entry to stand in line (that’s what we did) while everyone else races to do rides. Families with kids can sit in the lounge, but not at the bar. Again, I think having a smaller party will be key here. There was not a single table in this area that sat more than 6, with most being for 2 or 4.
Space 220 Overall Thoughts
This is an amazing dining experience! The space elevator, windows into space, food and food presentation were all wonderful. The price tag is STEEP. I am SO glad we did it and were able to take John and his friends as part of his 16th birthday celebration. Based on the price alone, I won’t try for another reservation any time soon.
Compared to other Disney dining experiences, I’d put my money into a meal with Mickey and Cinderella’s Royal Table for first timers.
Based on the food itself, I can’t deny that it is delicious. Le Cellier and California Grill are still top of my list, but Space 220 was quite good.
For families with older kids, adults or repeat Disney World visitors, this is an incredible addition to the lineup. I only wish the cocktails had been better. :-)
All of this to say, I honestly don’t think any meal at Disney is “make or break” to a trip. This is one where I will recommend having the mindset of “if we get in that will be real pixie dust.”
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