Viewing May 12 Shuttle Launch From WDW?

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  1. sightcrr

    sightcrr Earning My Ears

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    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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  3. bearlyanne

    bearlyanne DIS Veteran

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    OOOH, I'll be there then too! I hope that we get to see it!
     
  4. Disnsyncey

    Disnsyncey Disney Princess

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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.....
     
  5. BradyBz12

    BradyBz12 1340.63 miles too far from the Fort

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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. :confused3

    There is another observation deck on the 4th floor that's open to the public.
     
  6. P.I. Squirrel

    P.I. Squirrel DIS Veteran

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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.
     
  7. enchantingodin

    enchantingodin You may have noticed that I'm not all there myself

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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. :scared:
     
  8. ProudMommyof2

    ProudMommyof2 DIS Veteran

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    This is cool! My kids would love to see it!
     
  9. Tisha_PA

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    You can see it from the beach at the Poly. We missed the one in March by a couple of hours but a CM that I was talking to there told me to stand on the beach and look towards the Contemporary and I would have a great view.
     
  10. RabFlmom

    RabFlmom DIS Veteran

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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.
     
  11. vettegirl

    vettegirl Dole Whip Queen

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    Too bad we are going to be at our ressie for Biergarten when it takes off.:sad1:
     
  12. Amy

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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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  13. 2tinksmom

    2tinksmom <font color=green>is your cat female, on the small

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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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  14. Endeavour105

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    "..fly over EPCOT..." Don't think so....if you are refering to re-entry and landing.

    You cannot see the orbiter due to darkness and it's altitude.

    You probably saw a commercial airliner on it's approach to OIA.
     
  15. DisneyDayTripper

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    4-5 hours is pretty accurate...some people I work with went and it took them 5 1/2 hours to get home. You wouldn't believe how many people pack into the area to see, hear and feel it.


    Here's pics from Clermont of the last Space Shuttle Launch...


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  16. Conan the Librarian

    Conan the Librarian Been Visting the Mouse since 1972

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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.
     
  17. Endeavour105

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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.
     
  18. DisneyDayTripper

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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.
     
  19. Endeavour105

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    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.
     
  20. sightcrr

    sightcrr Earning My Ears

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    FYI NASA changed lift-off to May 11 at about 2:00 pm. BTW Thanks for the
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  21. P.I. Squirrel

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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. :rotfl:
     

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