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Old 04-23-2009, 09:31 AM   #16
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Exclamation Maybe...Maybe Not...

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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Old 04-23-2009, 09:34 AM   #17
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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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Old 04-23-2009, 09:51 AM   #18
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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.
DisneyDayTripper - You really need to take the time and make the effort to go over to the KSC and view a shuttle launch from the NASA Causeway.

Although Titusville is generally considered to be one of the best viewing spots along with Jetty Park in Cocoa, you truly can't get the maximized experience unless you are on the NASA Causeway.

Unfortunately, NASA no longer provides NASA Causeway Passes as freely as they once did so you'll have to bite the bullet and get launch tickets through the KSC Visitors Center.

There aren't that many shuttle launches left and I know - having seen 38 launches over the years from the NASA Causeway when the Passes were available - you will regret not viewing one from there.
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:58 PM   #19
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Changed to May 11 at 2:00

FYI NASA changed lift-off to May 11 at about 2:00 pm. BTW Thanks for the
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Old 04-25-2009, 12:06 AM   #20
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IMHO, that is why it's not worth putting a WDW trip on hold to go to Cocoa or Titusville to see the shuttle. NASA changes the date when a bee breaks wind.
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Old 04-25-2009, 12:06 AM   #21
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The new date does not work for me!!!! who do I need to talk to to have it changed?
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Old 04-25-2009, 06:22 AM   #22
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Anyone know a good site in the Epcot area to view it?
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Awesome! And we have ressies at Kona Cafe for lunch on that day. How perfect is that??!!
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Awesome! And we have ressies at Kona Cafe for lunch on that day. How perfect is that??!!
It's perfect, until NASA moves back the launch because there's a cloud in the sky. Like the previous post said it gets delayed most of the time, but hopefully it doesn't for you and you guys get an amazing view.
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Old 04-25-2009, 03:21 PM   #25
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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, 05:48 PM   #26
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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 04-25-2009, 10:14 PM   #27
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Watched John Glenn go up from the Big River Grill outside on the Boardwalk while drinking a Red Rocket Ale. I love Disney World

Also, a number of years ago, we went out on a rickety old fishing boat from Port Canaveral for what was, I believe, the first night launch. That was truly unforgettable for so many reasons!
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:24 PM   #28
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I watched a shuttle after it's launch a couple of years ago from the pool area of All Star Movies. I was the only person looking, so the bartender saw me and gave me some hints. It was clear that it was something unusual, so you should know it if you can see it!
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:47 PM   #29
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Our view from GF in February of 2001

This was the Shuttle Atlantis in February of 2001 from our balcony at GL.

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Old 04-25-2009, 10:57 PM   #30
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We drove to Titusville a year ago (Mar 2008) and enjoyed it but the drive back to our resort took 4 hours. The launch was at about 2:30am and I was miserable all the next day for lack of sleep.

This past March we watched from the beach at the Poly. Of course, you don't hear it, feel it or smell it from that far away but we were able to get back to our own resort very quickly.

We are heading to WDW with friends again this November and there is another scheduled launch. They desperately want to drive to the coast to see it but I think I'll watch from Orlando!
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