EPCOT’s long-awaited space-themed restaurant opened on Monday, and the stand-by line to get a glimpse of Earth from 220 miles up was, well, out of this world.
And while the panoramic views of the cosmos during dinner may be awe-inspiring, the menu prices associated with the experience are, by some Guests’ accounts, just a bit too far out of this world.
Space 220, EPCOT’s newest restaurant, located in the Mission: SPACE pavilion, features a prix-frie menu. Lunch for adults is two courses–an appetizer and entree. Dinner is three courses–appetizer, entree and dessert.
Lunch for adults is $55, and dinner is $79. Appetizers include calamari, tempura-fried cauliflower, Caesar salad and a grain salad. Entree choices include short rib, an 8-ounce filet mignon, bluehouse salmon, red snapper, among others.
Desserts include carrot cake, gelato and sorbet, chocolate cheesecake and more.
And of course, many of the offerings come with a clever space-themed name, like Astro Deviled Eggs, the Big Bang Burrata and the Centauri Burger.
The kids can eat for $29, and that price includes an entree, dessert and drink, along with a pack of Space 220 collectible cards. Kids can choose from options like spaghetti, fried chicken tenders, salmon and steak and fries. Dessert choices include a cupcake, sorbet or scoop of gelato.
Are we really surprised by these prices, though? We shouldn’t be; as one Guest explains in a tweet, we’d easily pay these prices at other venues at Disney World right now.
the food at space 220 better be good. if it is, that price point isn’t that obscene. you can easily spend that on starter/entree/desert at California grill or topolinos right now, but everything on this menu will have to be top notch. looking forward to it.
— DCA+✌🏻 (@DCAoutloud) September 15, 2021
But the point is made: it better be good, and many say it is good. Really good.
Alright this place is so good so far. Neptune Tar tar 🤤 @BuzzedR2 @ParkHoppin @LaReinaCreole @thattugglife @CultureCasino #Space220 #Epcot #waltdisneyworld50 pic.twitter.com/KXL5a0CIUo
— Rogue Disney (@Godzy69) September 20, 2021
So… I thought I was done eating… but then the sticky toffee pudding called to me. So so good! And the lemon mousse got high praise as well #space220 #Epcot pic.twitter.com/n22R8WB7rt
— Keith Champoux (@TheFugitiveGuy) September 20, 2021
Others have taken to social media to make fun of the prices at Space 220; after all, Disney is shipping the food to outer space. Somebody’s got to pay for that! @DisneyDan chimed in, asking Guests to “chill out.”
YIKES, is there no pleasing you guys? What did you expect the price of #Space220 to be? $55 per person is insanely well priced for what you're getting. THEY ARE SHIPPING THE BEEF TO SPACE. THERE ARE EXTRA COSTS. Everyone needs to chill out. This isn't an Outback $9.99 Sirloin.
— Disney Dan Becker (@DisneyDan) September 14, 2021
One Guest wonders how Disney will ever make money with Space 220. Should we tell her?
Let me know how Disney plans to make money with their new Space 220 restaurant when it costs $55 for lunch and $80 for dinner?? The theme looks amazing but I'm not sure if it's worth that price.
— Alyssa Mattia (@alyssaxmattia) September 21, 2021
When the new restaurant opened on Monday, a standby queue was available. That line saw wait times of 5+ hours, so a virtual queue was added. Reservations for Space 220 begin September 27 and are highly recommended.
So, who in the world would pay these prices for lunch and dinner?
The answer is, apparently many people. Reservations for Space 220 are largely booked through November, as many Guests want to be among the first to have the new experience, being hailed by some as the “Epcottiest” thing to be added to the park in a while.