Space 220 Has Finally Opened
Space 220 has finally opened at EPCOT after a multi-year delay. Are you ready for your first ride on the Stellarvator?
The Grand Opening
In the Fall of 2019, Patina Restaurant Group posted a job opening for an executive chef at Space 220.
A bit of research led to the reveal that the former executive chef at this restaurant had quit and returned to his previous employer.
That person looked like a genius over the past two years, as Space 220 faced perennial delays.
On September 20th, the restaurant finally welcomed guests for the first time. As has become the norm at Disney theme parks, many influencers arrived to take videos.
Here’s a look at the showstopper portion of the check-in process:
The conceit of Space 220 is that you ride a space elevator, which Disney is calling a Stellarvator, to your destination, which is 220 miles above Earth.
You’re dining at Centauri Space Station, a place in the same vicinity as the International Space Station.
You’ll know that you’re in a different world when you watch the Grow Zone:
I…don’t plant anything like that. Anyway, the menu at Space 220 has proven divisive since Patina chose a prix fixe menu.
The company’s gotta pay for that space elevator somehow. Lunch costs $55 per person for a prix fixe menu, while dinner is $79 each.
Disney took the unusual step of making the first week at Space 220 first come, first served.
Advanced Dining Reservations are now available for dates starting on September 27th.
The lack of reservations led to a massive crowd of people when Space 220 opened.
However, most of the restaurant reviews have been positive. Here’s one from Disney Food Blog.
At that price, you may wonder about the return of the Disney Dining Plan.
Disney hasn’t announced anything yet, but I speculate that this place would cost two Table Service credits, just like Be Our Guest.
Disney Cruise Line Updates
I’ve got two cruise updates about Disney Cruise Line, one of which is vitally important.
As of now, guests MUST acquire full vaccination 14 days before traveling on a Disney cruise.
Cast members will require you to prove your status before you can board the ship. You also must pass a COVID test before you can exit the ship.
A pro tip is to take a smartphone picture of your vaccine card that you can take with you everywhere.
Disney altered its policy in the wake of a ruling from The Bahamas. The federal government there declared that every inbound ship must include a registry of vaccination status.
This rule applies to workers and tourists alike. So, Disney Cruise Line must produce manifests for its passengers that demonstrate they’re vaccinated.
Otherwise, The Bahamas wouldn’t allow anyone from a Disney cruise ship to deboard at Castaway Cay.
However, this news comes with some upside. Now that Disney is requiring vaccinations, it feels comfortable offering longer itineraries.
Disney Cruise Line had shined away from trips of four days or more. Starting in October, these four- to seven-night excursions are back on the menu!
The process remains fluid, though. If you’ve booked a Disney cruise, you should pay attention to make sure it doesn’t get canceled or have its itinerary changed.
By the end of October, all Disney cruise ships will be back on the waters, though. The Disney Magic and Disney Dream were the first vessels to return to sea.
Last week, the Disney Fantasy finally departed Port Canaveral for its first tourist dates. The Disney Wonder will set sail on October 1st.
So, that date marks the first time that all four vessels are in operation since the pandemic’s start.
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