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Ever since I heard about the concept of the Space 220 restaurant, I have badly wanted to go. The idea of eating at a restaurant while it would seem like you were in space seemed like such a great idea. I love themed restaurants that make you feel like you’ve gotten away from everything. And I love checking out restaurants at Walt Disney World.
So the second I heard I could get a reservation, I got up at 5:30 in the morning just to make sure I got a reservation. And I was able to get one!
Space 220 Restaurant Reservation Issue
I have to say, though, a bit of a weird thing happened after I got my reservation. I made my reservation for last Wednesday at 8:30 PM. But on Tuesday as I was leaving Hollywood Studios, I get a call on my phone. I looked at the number and it said Space 220, which confused me. It turned out that Space 220 was actually closed on Wednesday and it was an error in the system that I was able to make the reservation.
I started to get upset since I was looking forward to coming to this restaurant so much. But luckily, they said I could make the reservation up. They offered to let me come in that day. But I had had a late lunch at the new La Creperie de Paris in the France pavilion earlier that day and really wasn’t looking to eat a three-course meal.
So I asked if I could move my reservation to Thursday and they let me pick a time (I picked 7:30 PM). Luckily, my family was staying at Disney’s Boardwalk for multiple nights. And I was glad I had not made my reservation for the last day of my trip. I would have been so disappointed if I had that I couldn’t go! But luckily, I had a night where I had no dining reservation so it worked out. The reservation stayed in my plans on the My Disney app, but I had a confirmation number and there was no problem at all when I got to the restaurant.
Space 220 Restaurant: Arrival
So after everything, it was finally my time to get to eat at Space 220! I couldn’t find the restaurant on the Epcot map so I asked a cast member. She gave me great advice. Walk like you’re going to Mission: Space. Then, on the right, you’ll see a sign for Space 220. This led me right to the restaurant.
You can check in to the restaurant up to 15 minutes before your reservation time. So at 7:15, we were able to check in. By the way, you don’t necessarily need a reservation to go. You can try to arrive and see if they have an opening. But I highly recommend you get a reservation because this restaurant, as to be expected, is very popular.
Anyway, after we checked in, they asked us if we had any allergies or if this was a special occasion for anyone in our group.
After that, we followed a path to an indoor waiting room.
The waiting room had comfortable sofas and plugs so you could even charge your devices if need be.
But we weren’t there very long. After a few minutes, they told us it was our turn to go to space!
The ride to the restaurant is actually one of my favorite parts of the experience. You ride a “stellarvator” up to space! The simulated blast-off is awesome. The whole experience really makes you feel like you are taking an elevator all the way up to space. The cast members did a great job of getting in character and adding to this fun atmosphere. You can look down and see earth getting smaller and smaller or look up and see where you are going.
Luckily, unlike if you are really going into space, you don’t get motion sick. It’s simulated without you actually having to have that sensation.
After you get off the elevator, a cast member takes you into the restaurant. But first, you get to see where they are growing plants in space.
Space 220 Restaurant Atmosphere
And then we finally got our first glance at the restaurant! You know how sometimes you picture something in your head so much that the reality can’t live up to it? Luckily, that was not the case here! It kind of took my breath away when we walked inside.
The space wasn’t huge but there were a number of tables families can eat at. If you are 21 years old or older and love drinking around the world at Epcot, I know you’ll love that Space 220 has a bar!
But who am I kidding, the highlight of the restaurant would have to be the projections that make it look like you’re looking outside the window at space! This is what really makes you feel like you are at a space station. You get a great view of the earth as if you are above it. But in addition to seeing Earth, you can all see other things of people floating by.
This includes a family of astronauts with two parents and a kid.
You can also see an astronaut with a dog.
I also loved the two lovebird astronauts.
You can see an astronaut snowboarding (or is that spaceboarding?).
And of course, you can see other spaceships, space stations, and other space equipment.
But my favorite had to be the two astronauts who were having a Lightsaber fight! Great for any Star Wars fan. That is so perfect for Disney World! This was the experience I never knew I needed!
I also really liked the music played while you ate. It had a space type feel to it and added to the whole theming.
The whole experience of the restaurant is so amazing. The only way you could have experienced something like this is if you were an astronaut, which obviously most of us aren’t.
Space 220 Food
And now for the crash landing.
Actually, that would be a bit much, because ultimately my family loved most of the food. So let me start at the beginning.
Space 220 has a set price for a menu. We went at dinner, which is a three-course meal. You get to choose from a list for each course. I had checked out the menu ahead of time so I could pick out what I wanted.
This is what we had to choose from:
- Space Greens (Bibb Lettuce, Dried Cranberries, Roasted Pears, Spiced Pecans & Apple Cider Dressing
- Big Bang Burrata (Burrata di Mozzarella, Grilled Artichoke Hearts, Arugula & Sunflower Seed Romesco)
- Centauri Caesar Salad (Miniature Romaine, Classic Caesar Dressing & Parmigiano Reggiano)
- 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)
- Galaxy Grain Salad (Quinoa, Beluga Lentils, Roasted Red and Golden Beets, Oranges, King Oyster Mushroom & Cashew Hummus)
- Florida Red Snapper (with San Marzano Tomato Broth, Fingerling Potatoes, Broccolini, & Sicilian Tapenade)
- 8oz Filet Mignon (with Cabernet Butter, Potato Leek Croquette, Haricot Vert)
- Slow Rotation Short Rib (Braised Short Rib, Cheddar Grits, Bacon & Haricot Vert)
- X2 Duck (Roasted and Confit Crescent Duck, Butternut Squash Flan, Brussels Sprouts & Orange Glaze)
- Roasted Free-range Chicken (Chicken Roulade, Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts & Roasted Garlic Thyme Jus)
- Terra-Bolognese (Corn Linguine, Tempeh Ragu, Macadamia Nut “Ricotta,” Zucchini & Mushroom)
- Bluehouse Salmon (with Glazed Carrots, King Oyster Mushrooms, Baby Bok Choy, Ginger & Beurre Blanc)
For more money, you could have 1.5 lbs Baked Whole Lobster Stuffed with Jumbo Crab with Roasted Corn, Broccolini, and Mornay Sauce. Or you could have the 24oz Bone-in Ribeye with Cheddar Leek Moonrock, Asparagus & Cippolini Onion.
- Chocolate Cheesecake (with Whipped Chocolate Ganache, Chocolate Sauce, White Chocolate Crunchy Pearls, Cookie Crumbs & Dark Chocolate Shards)
- Gelato and Sorbet (Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, or Mango)
- Carrot Cake (Plant-Based Carrot Cake with Plant-Based Cream Cheese, Candied Walnuts & Toasted Pepitas)
- Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake (with Dark Chocolate Sauce, Caramel Crunchy Pearls & Salted Toffee Drizzle)
- Lemon Mousse (Lemon Mousse Sphere adorned with White Chocolate Rings, Lemon Custard, Marinated Blueberries & Lemon Curd)
Food Ordering Issue
So as I said, this is what I thought I had to choose from. And I was looking forward to trying the Florida Red Snapper. But when I ordered it, they said they were all out. Which I was a bit surprised at, considering we went at 7:30 and got in early so it’s not like it was the end of the night. So then I asked about the Lobster, as I was willing to pay more to get something I wanted. But I was told they were out of the Lobster, too, and the Ribeye. Similarly, they were also already out of Gelato and only had a few flavors of Sorbet still available. So my advice to you would be that if you have your heart set on a dish, make sure you get an early reservation as they could be out of the menu item.
Luckily, our server, Tamika, was really nice about the whole thing. I talked to the manager even and we got a 15% discount on our meal. And luckily, most of the food was delicious.
Let’s start with the first course, or as they call it, the Lift-Offs. My table was split between ordering the Space Greens and the Centauri Caesar Salad.
I was one of the ones who ordered the Space Greens.
I thought it was really good! The greens may have been the best part. Normally in salads, my favorite parts are usually the other parts that spice up the salad. But the greens they served here were so fresh and delicious.
The pecans were the other best part. In fact, I would have liked more of them. They were really good and really soft.
My least favorite part was probably the pears. The seasoning overpowered the pears, in my opinion. I would have preferred the pears have been plain. But again, overall, I really loved this dish.
The rest of my table got the Centauri Caesar Salad.
They reported that it was really delicious. There was a good amount of Parmesan cheese on the salad, which they liked.
Next came the main course, or the “Star Course”. Since I couldn’t get my first options, I ended up ordering the Roasted Free-range Chicken.
First of all, the mashed potatoes were delicious. It was very creamy but not liquidy. To me, that is the perfect way to cook mashed potatoes.
The chicken itself was good. I wouldn’t say it was the best chicken I ever had before. I would say it was a step below Boston Market chicken. And I really like Boston Market. But I would expect a bit more from the price point. Although, honestly, let’s be real. You go to this restaurant for the experience first and foremost over the food. And again, the chicken was good. Just not the best.
The rest of my table got the Filet Mignon.
The filet mignon got excellent reviews at my table. I had a bite and I really liked it, too, and that is not my favorite food. But the rest of my family likes filet mignon, and they said it was especially wonderful here. Although one thing I did think was interesting was our waitress asked us to cut the meat right after she brought it out to make sure they were properly cooked. I don’t know if that means that is a complaint other tables were giving? But at any rate, we loved it.
The meal also came with green beans, which got good reviews, as well as Potato Leek Croquette. This got mixed reviews. The potatoes & leeks may not have been mixed properly. With some bites, you can taste the leeks. But with other bites, you can’t.
The last course was the dessert course or the “Super Nova Sweets” course. Most of my table (including me) got the Chocolate Cheesecake.
The chocolate cheesecake was so delicious! Even though I was a bit full from the other dishes, I found myself scraping the plate. All of it was so good: the chocolate parts, the cheese, the cookie crumbs, everything. I really liked the Crunchy Pearls, too, they were crunchy but not too hard.
My mom got the Strawberry Sorbet.
She loved the strawberry sorbet. And she isn’t even a dessert person, so that is really saying something.
My experience at Space 220 was not without bumps along the way, with having to change my day and them not having any of the main dishes I wanted. But despite all this, I am so glad I went. It was really an amazing experience.
One of the things I really love about Disney World is all the amazing experiences you can have. And I love how being at Disney World can make you feel like you’ve entered a different time or place. Space 220 definitely delivers on this. It is also a great place the whole family can enjoy, adults and children.
So next time you plan a trip to Disney World, I definitely think you should go to Space 220.
And if you are planning a trip to Disney World, let me tell you about a few links that can help you save money on your trip (so you can afford Space 220!):
- How to Book DVC Rooms at Disney Hotels for a Hugely Discounted Price
- Coupons for Disney World Tickets
And if you want to see our whole experience, you can watch our video!