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Orbitron Secrets and Facts
- The Orbitron attraction at Tomorrowland in Hong Kong Disneyland is modeled design-wise after the Astro Orbiter in Tomorrowland at Disneyland in California and Orbitron - Machines Volantes in Discoveryland at Disneyland Paris. However, the golden orbs of the original versions of the attraction have been replaced by large, colorful planets that rotate to create a kinetic look to the attraction. Instead of rockets, Orbitron riders fly in flying saucers.
- Other versions of the attraction include the Astro Orbiter at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World and StarJets at Tokyo Disneyland.
- The large globe at the base of the Orbitron is 8 meters in diameter. It is designed to be a map of the universe, with galaxies and stars represented by embedded fiber optics that glow and change colors at night. The globe rotates and is painted with Chromashift, a special paint which can change colors depending on the viewing angle. The Chromashift paint continues the colorful scheme throughout Hong Kong Disneyland's Tomorrowland.
- Orbitron riders can pilot their spacecraft up and down during the experience using a lever. A new feature includes sound effects that can be played when passengers press buttons in the flying vehicles.
- Each flying saucer on the Orbitron seats four passengers. There are sixteen flying saucer cars on the Orbitron.
- The Orbitron is designed after models of the universe used from the 15th to the 19th centuries to show how planets in the solar system move.
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