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Old 04-22-2009, 10:30 PM   #1
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Viewing May 12 Shuttle Launch From WDW?

With the current space shuttle scheduled for lift-off at 1:30pm on May 12 are there any special places in WDW to watch lift-off? We decided that we didn’t want to go to KSC to watch it because of the 4-5 hour drive back and the possibility that it could get canceled. Are there any high spots in DTD or resort parking lots to view it from? Other special spots? TIA


FYI NASA CHANGED DATE TO MAY 11 AT 2:00 PM

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Old 04-22-2009, 10:39 PM   #2
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OOOH, I'll be there then too! I hope that we get to see it!
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:48 PM   #3
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4-5 hours? man, I guess there would be traffic to make it that much.....I would say 2 at the MOST......45 min from east Orlando is what I would say......

but any place where you are high is good.....I saw one from the top of a parking garage with a great view, so I assume that the observation desk at the contemporary would be a great place.....
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Old 04-23-2009, 12:54 AM   #4
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I assume that the observation desk at the contemporary would be a great place.....
Just keep in mind that the 15th floor observation deck is only accessible if you're dining at the California Grill that day. You actually have to check in on the 2nd floor with your ADR and need a CM to escort you up in the special elevator. Since the CG doesn't open until dinner, not sure if there's any way to get up there earlier in the day.

There is another observation deck on the 4th floor that's open to the public.
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Old 04-23-2009, 01:07 AM   #5
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You would be able to see it from just about anywhere, beginning around 25 seconds after launch. As long as you have a clear view slightly north of due east (to the left of where the sun came up to some).

Now, the absolute best accessible view is from the top of Summit Plummet. The second best is the observation deck on Deck 4 of Contemporary.
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:06 AM   #6
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Just wanted to say I used to live in orlando. And MAN those sonic booms on re-entry are a killer. Always scared the crap outta me.
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Old 04-25-2009, 04:21 PM   #7
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4 to 5 hours to get off the coast after a launch is probably pretty accurate after a launch. It is bumper to bumper traffic and it takes us 2 hours just to get back to our house from the beach on launch days and we live on the coast.

For an afternoon launch you could make it a beach day. head to the Cocoa Beach pier and just hangout on the beach after the launch, get dinner on the pier , shop, and then head back to Orlando in the evening. That way even if the shuttle is delayed you don't waste a day and you have a blast at the beach. Well worth the trip over to the beach.

I'm not knocking anybody's experience, I know we can all have different ones.....but if you do the SR 50, to the end at the intracoastal, it has never taken me that long to get to east Orlando (knowing full well that WDW is farther)......maybe some traffic for the lights, an hour back to my house.....the only other place I have seen it is from the closest the family and friends can get on KSC where you have to take buses from the complex and such.....that definitely took a while, but that's a whole different story.....

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Just keep in mind that the 15th floor observation deck is only accessible if you're dining at the California Grill that day. You actually have to check in on the 2nd floor with your ADR and need a CM to escort you up in the special elevator. Since the CG doesn't open until dinner, not sure if there's any way to get up there earlier in the day.

There is another observation deck on the 4th floor that's open to the public.
the one on the 4th floor is the one I was talking about....but the one at the Cali Grill is great as well! I saw Columbia go up from there one night

but seriously, ANYWHERE where you can look to the east......is great.....higher will help, but its just cool to see no matter what....
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Old 04-25-2009, 06:48 PM   #8
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We watched last month's launch from the International Gateway Bridge in Epcot. It was awesome! Look towards the China Pavilion. Here is a link from a thread with pictures from that launch.


http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2120087



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Old 04-23-2009, 08:32 AM   #9
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4-5 hours? man, I guess there would be traffic to make it that much.....I would say 2 at the MOST......45 min from east Orlando is what I would say......

but any place where you are high is good.....I saw one from the top of a parking garage with a great view, so I assume that the observation desk at the contemporary would be a great place.....
4 to 5 hours to get off the coast after a launch is probably pretty accurate after a launch. It is bumper to bumper traffic and it takes us 2 hours just to get back to our house from the beach on launch days and we live on the coast.

For an afternoon launch you could make it a beach day. head to the Cocoa Beach pier and just hangout on the beach after the launch, get dinner on the pier , shop, and then head back to Orlando in the evening. That way even if the shuttle is delayed you don't waste a day and you have a blast at the beach. Well worth the trip over to the beach.
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Too bad we are going to be at our ressie for Biergarten when it takes off.
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Old 04-23-2009, 08:53 AM   #11
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A couple of years ago we were eating at Whispering Canyon Cafe in the Wilderness Lodge during a shuttle lift-off. Everybody went running out of the restaurant to the pool area to see it. Here's what it looked like from there:
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Old 04-23-2009, 08:53 AM   #12
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We happened to watch the shuttle fly over EPCOT when we were waiting for Illuminations...it was awesome!
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Old 04-23-2009, 10:21 AM   #13
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OooH OOH! I want to go up to the Contemporary!

How bout the Sundeck on the 4th floor of the Wilderness Lodge?

Just the shore of Bay Lake or Seven Seas Lagoon would work...GF would be ok or the dock at Contemporary, even the lounge at Chef Mickey's.

Now to find out where we will be on that day.

From the nasa.gov website

Date: May 12*
Mission: GOES-O
Launch Vehicle: United Launch Alliance Delta IV
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - Launch Pad 37-B
Description: NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are actively engaged in a cooperative program, the multi-mission Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite series N-P. This series will be a vital contributor to weather, solar and space operations, and science.

Date: May 12 +
Mission: STS-125
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Atlantis
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad 39A
Launch Time: 1:31 p.m. EDT +
Description: Space Shuttle Atlantis will fly seven astronauts into space for the fifth and final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. During the 11-day flight, the crew will repair and improve the observatory's capabilities.
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Be aware there are absolutely no guarantees you will be able to see the shuttle from WDW as Mother Nature may provide lots and lots of clouds between WDW and the Cape which is 50+ miles east+- of The Rat.
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Be aware there are absolutely no guarantees you will be able to see the shuttle from WDW as Mother Nature may provide lots and lots of clouds between WDW and the Cape which is 50+ miles east+- of The Rat.
This is VERY true! The launch before the launch I posted pics of was at night and it was cloudy...so we weren't able to see ANYTHING. The sky didn't change any colors or anything and so I was left with 3 or 4 minutes of footage on our video camera of the dark sky lol...but when we saw the launch for the first time DW and I just stood there and thought Oh my...it was the most amazing sight EVER.
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