Astro-Jets Yesterland
Tomorrowland’s visitors find thrills piloting the fast-flying Astro-Jets.
Photo of Astro-Jets at Disneyland
Orbit high above Tomorrowland in a 2-person rocket.

You’ve been taken to the moon and back on the Rocket to the Moon. Now, perhaps you’d like to pilot your own rocket. Climb into an Astro-Jet. You won’t break the sound barrier, but you will have fun circling around, while controlling the elevation of your craft with a small lever.

Photo of Astro-Jets at Disneyland
Then descend back to the ground for landing.

After your ride on the Astro-Jets, visit the adjacent Tomorrowland Flight Circle. Watch gasoline powered model airplanes, cars, and boats go around and around. You can hear their loud and annoying sound from all over Tomorrowland.

In Disneyland, the Astro-Jets opened in March 1956 when the park was just eight months old. The ride replaced the Court of Flags, a formation of 48 flag poles flying the flag of every state of the United States.

The Astro-Jets closed in 1966, to be replaced the following year by the Rocket Jets (1967-1997).

Photo of Astro Orbitor at Disneyland
Astro Orbitor in 2004 (when Tomorrowland was still painted in bronze and brown tones)

In May 1998, as part of the 1998 New Tomorrowland, Disneyland opened another “circling rockets” attraction—the Astro Orbitor. It marks the entrance to Tomorrowland, just off Disneyland’s central Plaza, just like the World Clock did from 1955 to 1966. As with the original Astro-Jets, the Astro Orbitor loads at ground level. The Astro Orbitor has golden circling planets and moons to make the ride more interesting to the riders, and to make the attraction a giant kinetic sculpture.

Rather than looking “Space Age,” the Astro Orbitor has more of a 19th-century look.

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Photograph of the Astro-Jets with large tree in foreground: Charles R. Lympany, courtesy of Chris Taylor.
Photograph of the Astro-Jets with Skyway sign in background: Charles R. Lympany, courtesy of Chris Taylor.
Photograph of the Astro Orbitor: 2004 by Werner Weiss.