We’ve been anxiously awaiting the day we can finally enjoy an out-of-this-world meal at Space 220!
At this new EPCOT restaurant, guests will board an elevator that takes them into orbit as they travel to the Centauri Space Station above the Earth. While dining 220 miles above the Earth’s surface (hence the restaurant’s name!) guests will be treated to a full panoramic view of space!
Sounds incredible, right?? And our anticipation is further piqued because Space 220 was originally slated to open almost a year ago! While the opening date was once listed as “Winter 2019,” the restaurant has since experienced a series of complications and delays.
Early signs of trouble began in November of 2019 when the previously-announced executive chef of the location, Theo Schoenegger, stepped down and the search for a chef to head the restaurant had to be reignited. Around the same time, the projected restaurant opening date was changed from Winter 2019 to February 2020 in Patina Group (the company that runs Space 220) job listings.
Of course, the February opening did not end up happening, and shortly after, Disney World began a monthslong shutdown in response to the global pandemic. During the shutdown, all construction projects were paused, including work on Space 220. But there is a glimmer of hope — it appears that construction was pretty far along when the shutdown began in March.
With all of these setbacks and delays, we wanted to know whether our readers think that they’ll be able to dine in outer space by the end of the year! So, we asked our followers on Instagram, “Do you think Space 220 will open by the end of the year?” And it looks like most people are NOT expecting to be cleared for launch anytime soon — 89% said probably not, while 11% said for sure!
And with over 23,000 votes received, that’s a pretty overwhelming number of people who are expecting to wait until at least 2021 before their first opportunity to dine in space! But, given the number of setbacks poor Space 220 has already experienced, we can’t blame them!
We’ll continue to keep an eye out for more signs of construction work on the restaurant, as well as any official word from Disney on an anticipated grand opening date, so stay tuned for the final countdown to launch!
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Do YOU think Space 220 will open by the end of the year?? Let us know in the comments!