The Space 220 Lounge at EPCOT may be one of the most difficult reservations to get at Walt Disney World but is well worth the effort. If you’re looking to skip the pricey prix fixe menu at this space station restaurant, then the Space 220 Lounge is a great option for delicious foods, drinks, and desserts. With views of the galaxy, here’s everything to know about one of the Best Disney restaurants at EPCOT theme park.
We’re not ones to gush, as we tend to try and be rather unbiased on this blog, but our most recent experience at the Space 220 Lounge caught us quite off guard. Sure, the “elevator to the space station” was kind of cool, and the digital windows showing the galaxy beyond were interesting. But, really we’re talking about the food. While we spent months trying to get a reservation for the lounge, we didn’t have high hopes for more than an average experience. Yet, everything from the curated mocktail list to the complex appetizers was a treat. You can tell some intentional choices went into creating this menu, not just the experience. Here’s everything to know about the Space 220 Lounge and if this should be on your Disney Must-do List for your Walt Disney World trip.
Where is the Space 220 Lounge and Restaurant?
The Space 220 Restaurant at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT theme park is just behind the Mission Space ride, in World Discovery. You can follow the path toward the restaurant entrance, where you will come to an alcove to check-in. This is also where you go to see what walk-up wait times look like if you were unable to get a reservation.
Why is the Space 220 Restaurant Special?
One of the main draws of the Space 220 Lounge at EPCOT is its unique theme and experience. From as early as the waiting room, you are given the space station treatment. Once called your party receives a “boarding pass” which allows you access to the elevator, taking you 22,000 miles per hour to the “space station above”. While this is just a space with a digital screen on the floor that makes it look like you’re moving up or down, it’s still mesmerizing to watch. Once you’ve arrived, you get to see the living food garden and are ushered to the dining room, wrapped in digital screens showing the universe beyond. With a view of Earth, astronauts, space shuttles, and random space things, you can gaze out the “windows’ while you dine. This is a unique experience at Walt Disney World, and one not replicated anywhere else.
Why are Space 220 Reservations Hard to Get?
Space 220 at EPCOT is still a newer restaurant at Walt Disney World and with that comes a lot of interest. That said, it’s also a smaller restaurant, so fills up fast. While there are times that you can simply add your name to a waitlist, wait times tend to be over an hour for walk-ins at this point. Still, there are options. If you’re adults without children, the Space 220 Lounge sometimes has walk-up seating available. If you’re dining with anyone under 18 you will need a reservation for the Space 220 Lounge.
Is the Space 220 Lounge Cheaper than the Restaurant?
The Space 220 Restaurant Lounge Menu may feel cheaper than the Space 220 Restaurant because it offers a la carte dishes. As opposed to the prix fixe menu which offers the meal for a flat fee of $79 at the time of this writing. That said, multiple dishes on the Space 220 Lounge menu can easily add up to the same amount as the full dinner. The benefit of the Space 220 Lounge, over the Restaurant, is the flexibility regarding what you order both in substance and price, and the easier to get reservations.
Space 220 Lounge Atmosphere
The Space 220 Restaurant Atmosphere is very well-themed to what you would expect on a space station. given general knowledge about space stations that is. The waitstaff makes jokes about the limited food availability, and that transporting dinnerware from Italy, 22,000 miles an hour in an elevator is sure to result in some cracks. Everyone is in character, as space station employees, throughout the meal, and it made for interesting conversation. Many shared that they just loved working in outer space. As an immersive dining experience, it was quite tame, which we enjoyed.
Booth tables edge the digital window screens, and while perfect for families, we felt these spaces may be too close to the screen to actually get good views of space. There are also regular tables that line the next row, and the Lounge, which wraps a stepped section of the restaurant, giving some of the best overall views, we thought, on the whole.
The dining atmosphere of Space 220 is casual, and we didn’t see evidence of a dress code of any kind. As the restaurant was made to feel more like an exciting day out, than something fancy. In addition to the tables slated for the restaurant, and those slated for the lounge, there is also bar seating, if you’re looking for that experience. While the bar didn’t face the main windows, there was a digital screen all their own, behind the bartender, no doubt contributing to interesting conversations.
Space 220 Lounge Menu-Appetizers
The Space 220 Lounge Menu offers dishes a la carte, and often the option to also order from the main lunch or dinner menus, without having to purchase the full prix fixe. Priced between $12 and $24 dollars we found these dishes to be ultra satisfying as a lunch, without ordering from the larger, pricier main menus. Here’s what we order, and our thoughts on each.
Astro Deviled Eggs
The Astro Deviled Eggs appetizer at Space 220 includes Free-Range Eggs, Maple Glazed Bacon, Scallion, Pickled Shallots, and Micro Greens. As people who love eggs, and love deviled eggs most of all, we were not thrilled with these. Definitely more of a vinegar-based deviled egg, than a mayonnaise-based egg. That said, the maple-glazed bacon was no doubt meant to counteract that acidity, but it didn’t really do its job there. At $12 for two eggs, cut in half, we wanted more than we got on this one. On the other hand, if you love bacon, this may be worth it for you!
Blue Moon Cauliflower
If you like battered veggies of any kind then you’ll love this. Such a surprise, this appetizer combined Tempura Fried Cauliflower, Housemade Hot Sauce, and Blue Cheese Dust. Absolutely delicious, this was light and flavorful. Even if you don’t like blue cheese ( which we don’t) this was still voted the best appetizer we had here.
Short Rib Sliders
Another winner, this appetizer came with 2 little sliders, perfectly cooked, and with Short rib, White Cheddar Cheese, Sriracha Aioli, Lettuce, Tomato, and Butter Pickles. If you’re having the appetizers as a makeshift lunch, this one should be on your list. The ribs were tender and the combo of the siracha aioli and sweet cheddar was divine.
Chicken on Waffle
We were hesitant about this appetizer simply because we’re never sure how much chicken is actually going to be on the bone, but this did not disappoint. Piled Fried Chicken, Smoked Bacon and Roasted Corn Waffle, Spiced Coleslaw, and Bourbon Maple Glaze, made for a sweet, savory, and filling appetizer. Definitely enough for a lunch, we’d highly recommend this one.
A variety of other appetizers were also available including shrimp cocktail and starry calamari.
Space 220 Lounge Menu- Desserts
If there’s anything we recommend regarding Space 220, it’s TRY THE DESSERTS! For us these were absolutely showstopper selections. Recommended to us by our server, these two desserts are some of the Best Desserts at Walt Disney World.
This plant-based dessert tastes anything but plant-based! It’s a luscious Carrot Cake, filled with Cream Cheese, Candied Walnuts, and Toasted Pepitas. Absolutely delicious, we wish we would have gotten two.
Peanut Caramel Comet
Our favorite dessert at Space 220 was this Peanut Caramel Comet Tart. A Vanilla Tart, Candied Peanuts, Caramel Popcorn, with White Chocolate Cream, we don’t know how they get it to taste so good. As we’ve had many tarts across the parks, this one had a melt-in-your-mouth tart crust, and perfectly set filling and the addition of the popcorn and peanuts just elevated the whole thing. Absolutely delicious. While we didn’t really think we’d be coming back to Space 220, this dessert has us adding it to our regular Disney Lounge list.
Also available are a chocolate cheesecake, gelato and sorbet, and pistachio mousse.
Space 220 Lounge Menu- Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Okay! Down to business. The real reason we came to Space 220 is that we’re on a bit of a mission to try all the Disney Mocktails across the parks, and resorts. Mainly because we find Disney to be somewhat lacking in the non-alcoholic drink scene. But, they’re getting better! As we’ve seen lately from Scat Cat’s Club Lounge, Citricos Lounge, and now Space 220 Lounge, there are some restaurants that respect the need for fancy drinks, without the alcohol! As such this was what we tried. We loved all these choices, but the Milky Way drink was our favorite.
The Milky Way
This is considered a Zero-Proof Dessert Drink. And frankly, it was our favorite. This is a Chilled Espresso with Spiced Brown Sugar Syrup, Caramel, Cream, and a Milky Way Mini. While the Milky Way candy bar was not in the drink, the drink itself did taste like a milky way candy bar. The caramel flavor and the brown sugar syrup, combined with the cream, and espresso were perfectly balanced. Not too sweet, but a perfect flavor! Plus ordering this drink gets you a pack of Space 220 collectible trading cards
Very fun, this drink includes Coconut, Blue Cotton Candy Syrup, Lemonade, Moon Dust, and Moon Rocks. With pop rocks given on the side, you can add them throughout your sipping experience. It was warned that if we dump the whole thing in at once, there’s a bit of an explosion. And even with the little bit we put in each time, there was tons of fizz. Very much like a cotton candy drink, the flavors changed as we went along, mainly because the pop rocks seemed to bring out different flavors each time, which was fun. This drink also included a pack of Space 220 collectible trading cards.
We love a refreshing drink and the beautiful look of Butterfly Pea Tea. This drink included Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade, Butterfly Pea Tea, and Mint. This drink didn’t come with a candy sidekick, but it does come with Space 220 collectible trading cards. And is one of the calmer drinks, if you have picky kids, that still want to feel special with a fancy drink.
NEW Space 220 Menu Items 2023
In addition to all our favorite Space 220 Menu items we shared here, you can also find a lineup of NEW menu additions to the Space 220 Restaurant and Lounge offerings.
- Neptuna Tartare: Sushi grade yellowfin tuna, avocado crema, mango coulis, edamame, wonton crisp, and yuzu dressing
- Roasted Asparagus Soup: Jumbo lump crabmeat, roasted poblano and red peppers, citrus chili oil, and crouton
- Bone-in Pork Chop: Slow-roasted 16 oz. pork chop, corn flan, succotash, and spiced applesauce
- Pan Roasted Swordfish “Cioppino”: Shrimp, littleneck clams, Prince Edward Island mussels, tomato and fennel seafood broth, and toasted garlic bread
- Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt Parfait: Black sesame crumble, yuzu curd, macerated blackberries, and basil blackberry sauce
- Cosmic Cupcake: Chocolate plant-based devil’s food cake topped with vanilla frosting and galactic sprinkles (Available on kid’s menu)
- Starship Lemonade: Butterfly pea flower, lemonade, and Sprite served with a glow cube (Non-alcoholic)
- Moon Rocks: Lemon juice, blue cotton candy syrup, Sprite, pineapple juice, and pop rocks (Non-alcoholic)
- Solar Flare Sour: Lyre’s Agave Blanco Non-alcoholic Tequila, mango, lime juice, grapefruit bitters, and fever tree tonic water (Zero-proof)
- Galaxy Spritz: Lagoon Bay Aperitif, lychee liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and prosecco
- Black Hole Fashioned: Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey, demerara syrup, and whiskey barrel-aged bitters
- M4RG4R1TA: Espolon Blanco Tequila, watermelon lime sour, and salted lime foam
- Illumination: Bacardi Rum, Malibu Caribbean Rum, passion fruit, blood orange, pineapple, lime sour, and passion fruit boba
- Saturn 2.0: Bacardi Reserva Ocho Rum, Velvet Falernum Liqueur, orgeat, passion fruit, and lemon juice
- Space Age Mule: Tito’s Homemade Vodka, fresh carrot juice, mango, lime juice, ginger beer, and chili lime seasoning rim
- Command Center: Hendrick’s Gin, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, lemon juice, citrus and elderflower foam
- Shuttle Crew: Ketel One Botanical Peach & Orange Blossom Vodka, vanilla, tangerine, Red Bull, and tang foam
- Gamma Burst: Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, Midori Melon Liqueur, and strawberry popping pearls
Space 220 Collectors Cards
Another perk of ordering these non-alcoholic cocktails, or Zero-Proof Cocktails as they’re sometimes called, was that we also get a pack of trading cards with each drink. Obviously geared toward children, as adults, we were thrilled to get these fun collectibles from the restaurant. Especially since it completely counts as one of the Free Souvenirs at Walt Disney World. So what are these cards? These cards include fun scenes and graphics you would expect from a space station collectible card park. Each Card pack contains 6 cards, randomly selected from different series named for each planet. Each card falls into one of three categories; Space Trivia, Food in Space Trivia, and Space Technology. And some packs have the highly coveted “White Cards” which are considered quite rare. These cards are the Tech-SpecC Cards which are not full cover, but instead, white, gray, and accented in blue foil.
Something to note about the Space 220 Collectors Cards is that you can only get them at the restaurant. And they only come with non-alcoholic drinks. As such it’s also important to know that whatever you get may be valuable. Especially as certain planet series retire before the new sets come out. For instance, Earth, Mercury, and Venus were the first set of series ( 3 planets, 6 cards in each series). Now, those cards are retired and the card series available are the Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter series. As such there are limited quantities of all these cards out there. Treat them like gold!
Space 220 Restaurant Review
If you’re planning to eat Lunch or Dinner at the Space 220 Restaurant, then be prepared for the Prix Fixe price tag. While kid eats for $29, including an entree, dessert, and drink, adults have a much higher price tag. The Space 220 Lunch Menu is a 2-course Prix Fixe at $55 a person or you can choose the Space 220 Dinner Menu which is a 3-course Prix Fixe at $79 a person. Both offer up many of the same dishes. For us, the Space 220 Lounge ticked all the boxes. We got a great meal, at an OK price, in an interestingly themed environment. Our table had great views of outer space, our server was fantastic, and the food was excellent.
Once the hoopla dies down, and reservations are easier to get we’ll probably be back. As much as the experience is a one-off, and not necessarily needed on repeat, the food was good enough to consider it again on our next trip. Have you visited Space 220 yet? Let us know your take!