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Kennedy Space Center: Chat with an Astronaut with Transport from Orlando

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Kennedy Space Center: Chat with an Astronaut with Transport from Orlando
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Witness the epicenter of American space exploration on a trip to the awe‐inspiring Kennedy Space Center from Orlando. While away the hours exploring rocket exhibits such at the massive Saturn V, participating in simulations, taking in stellar IMAX films and more at this world‐class visitor center. Your unlimited access pass includes culinary samplings and a 45-Minute Chat with a veteran astronaut and is great for the whole family!
  • Day trip to the Kennedy Space Center from Orlando including a 45-minute chat with an astronaut
  • Ride aboard a Space Shuttle for a simulated Shuttle Launch Experience
  • View IMAX screenings for a virtual trip to the International Space Station
  • Enjoy culinary samplings with a veteran member of NASA's Astronaut Corps
  • One (1) Alcoholic beverage per adult during your Chat with an Astronaut
  • Round-trip transportation by bus from selected Orlando hotels included

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This Kennedy Space Center tour includes a 45-minute chat and culinary samplings with a veteran NASA astronaut.
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  • Maingate Lakeside Resort , 7769 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA
  • Swan Hotel , Swan Hotel, 1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
  • Señor Frog's , 8747 International Dr #103, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
  • 7:30 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.
    Discover the science of space travel on an exciting visit to Kennedy Space Center. Your full‐day excursion begins with early morning pickup from designated Orlando locations.

    Upon arrival at the KSC Visitor Complex, explore the Early Space Exploration exhibit featuring stories and artifacts from the first manned US space flights, or hop on the NASA bus for a quick trip to one of the other mind‐blowing exhibits. Disembark at the Rocket Garden to view the first NASA rockets or crawl into an original space capsule for the ultimate (cramped) astronaut experience.

    Continue to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where you’ll relive Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, touch a moon rock, and get a close‐up view of the giant Saturn V rocket—the largest rocket ever made at 363 feet (110 meters) tall!

    Next, head to the IMAX Theater for a complimentary viewing of IMAX® A Beautiful Planet or Journey To Space 3D. Relax and enjoy first‐hand accounts of space travel before heading on to your next stop.

    Your space adventure includes two phenomenal bonus features: an unforgettable Chat with a veteran NASA astronaut, where you can get an autograph and ask your burning space questions. Included during your 45-Minute Chat with an Astronaut are culinary samplings and one (1) alcoholic beverage per adult ticket.

    Explore the center at your own pace, engage in savvy interactive displays, remember fallen astronauts at the Astronaut Memorial, and take needed snack breaks (own expense) in the Rocket Garden or Orbit Cafe.

    At the end of your tour, a coach will return you to the departure point in Orlando.
    Stop At:  
    NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
    After pickup from your selected location, it’s just a 45-minute drive by bus from Orlando to the Kennedy Space Center. When you arrive, embark on a space adventure from the Visitor Complex as you explore the many world-renowned exhibits. Visit the Rocket Garden to see the Redstone, Atlas and Titan rockets that first put NASA astronauts into space. Or, climb aboard Mercury, Gemini and Apollo capsules – and experience the cramped quarters America's astronaut pioneers endured. Short of becoming an astronaut, there’s no better way to catch a glimpse of Kennedy Space Center than on a self-guided tour, included with admission. With NASA buses departing every 15 minutes from the Visitor Complex. Your experience also includes a 45-Minute Chat with a veteran member of NASA's Astronaut Corps along with some culinary samplings and (1) alcoholic beverage per adult ticket – talk with an astronaut and get an authentic autograph!
    Duration: 7 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
    In the Apollo/Saturn V Center, relive the wonder and excitement of the Apollo era in this one-of-a-kind exhibit that celebrates the unprecedented achievement of putting a man on the moon and the joy that was realized in that moment around the world. Also, take a bus tour past some of the most iconic NASA landmarks. Meet a veteran NASA astronaut at the Astronaut Encounter Show. Visit the impressive Rocket Garden, featuring the first rocket to break free from gravity, and honor NASA’s fallen heroes at the 'Heroes and Legends' exhibit featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®. Then learn more about what it takes to explore Mars at Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Space Shuttle Atlantis
    The journey starts in the Atlantis theater with a close-up view of Space Shuttle Atlantis and more than 60 interactive exhibits. It's a moving celebration of humankind’s greatest achievements. Then in the Shuttle Launch Experience, discover the sights, sounds and feelings of a real Space Shuttle launch. Buckle up and get ready for launch in a one-of-a-kind, custom-designed crew cabin.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Tickets to view a launch are not included with this tour and must be purchased separately
    • Stroller and wheelchair rentals available on site
    • No backpacks, large bags, coolers, of food allowed inside the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
    • OPERATED BY City Sightseeing Orlando
    This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Kennedy Space Center: Chat with an Astronaut with Transport from Orlando?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Kennedy Space Center: Chat with an Astronaut with Transport from Orlando.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kennedy Space Center: Chat with an Astronaut with Transport from Orlando?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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    • "You should either drive yourself to give extra time, or they need to stay until 6 when it closes to bring you back." See review
    • "Just take the standard entry and make your own way." See review

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    Very good experience
    , Feb 2020
    The weather during I visited was so hot (for me) and sunny. So it mde me jusf a little sleepy. But the attraction so wonderfull
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
    Thank You For Your Feedback!! I am happy to hear that you had a wonderful time on your Kennedy Space Center Tour. Please Keep us in mind for your next tour
    Great tour, poor treatment
    , Nov 2019
    The tour itself was ok but did not get enough time with the astronaut. Time for 2 questions only. This was the whole reason for doing this tour. The no change/cancelation policy is robbery. I booked one ticket then my grandson was a later addition to my trip so I wanted to add him and change the day - not cancel, just change the day. After many emails and calls, City Tours kindly swapped the days for me. We came all the way from New Zealand to do this.
    icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
    I am sorry to hear of your disappointment. The Dine with the Astronaut space is limited to a certain amount of people per day however, there can still be a large amount of people at one time. This is something we will certainly pass on to our Kennedy Space Center contact.
    Organised tour with Lunch, Kennedy Space Centre
    , Jul 2019
    Buffet lunch duration of 1 hour however did not have enough food prepared. When our table was called to go up for food there was harfly anything left. My wife and I missed out so our son got something to eat. Talk by an astronaut during the break, followed by pic afterwards. Then 2 hours guided bus tour. We advise that we would not do this again, we would most likely do our own thing. We missed seeing so much, waiting for others, toilet breaks, bus had no air conditioning. Was a good day but over priced. Just take the standard entry and make your own way.
    Dishong Family
    , Mar 2019
    Have problems with the Reservations, they were made for the wrong day, but the lady that help us was very good. She work with the Space center people and got thing fixes. She did a very nice job, because of her I will use Viator in the future to book my Florida trips.
    Too much for one day.
    Michelle M
    , Nov 2018
    Kennedy is amazing, and we enjoyed the lunch with the astronaut. Food was much better than I would have guessed. BUT we went straight from lunch to the bus tour. The bus tour ended at 3:30 which gave us just enough time to get back to the main terminal to get our pictures and then get them autographed to be back at the bus by 5pm. You should either drive yourself to give extra time, or they need to stay until 6 when it closes to bring you back.
    The tour was great. We had an...
    Cathleen M
    , Mar 2018
    The tour was great. We had an amazing day with very well informed guides. There is so much to see and do we could have spent another day. The lunch with the astronaut was very cool. Mark Lee was very gracious about answering questions and and his presentation about this experiences as an astronaut on the Space Shuttle was very informative. I would recommend this tour especially for those travelers with kids who might want to become involved in space exploration. 2 small negatives.....the pick-up times from Orlando are not especially accurate and the movie shown on the bus trip back was horrible!..better to sleep if you can.
    This was an awesome tour so much to see...
    Colin H
    , Jan 2018
    This was an awesome tour so much to see and do wish the day was longer.
    Thought this was going to be cheesy...
    Charmaine N
    , Jan 2018
    Thought this was going to be cheesy forgive me but my daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt it was worth the time and money. The astronaut we met was very well spoken and exciting to hear his stories. The food itself was pretty standard for a buffet but my daughter, who is a picky an eater as they come, still went back for seconds so it wasn't bad at all.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Amazing to see the Space centre up...
    , Nov 2017
    Amazing to see the Space centre up close, really enjoyed the day!!
    Mind blowing day at Kennedy. So...
    Rebecca C
    , Oct 2017
    Mind blowing day at Kennedy. So inspiring, especially lunch with the astronaut
    Amazing experience, thoroughly...
    , Oct 2017
    Amazing experience, thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. Buses to and from the Space Center were great, driver was professional.
    This was an amazing day, seeing so...
    Tina S
    , Aug 2017
    This was an amazing day, seeing so much and the lunch with the astronaut was truly out of this world. Fred Gregory had some wonderful stories to tell about his time with NASA and the people he met. It was a fantastic day and I learnt so much about the space program.
    Great tours, great experience, and a...
    , Jul 2017
    Great tours, great experience, and a great day out. We also got a lot of useful information from our bus driver on the way there and back.
    This tour is awesome! First, the...
    , May 2017
    This tour is awesome! First, the pick-up/drop-off is very efficient. After you book your ticket you get an email confirmation regarding the time the bus will be ready for your pick-up. The bus comes early and waits till everyone shows up. It is a double-decker bus and is quite nice for the ride to the space center. Second, our host Judy was absolutely fantastic. She was funny, enthusiastic, and very knowledgable about the tour. During your ride to the space center, she hands out everyones tickets and tells you the plan for the day. Third, the tour arrives just after the space center opens and leaves just before it closes which is great because you are able to avoid traffic. In the morning you have a private tour of the Atlantis building which is great as Viator is the ONLY company that receives this tour. The lunch is delicious and the up-close tour afterwards is fantastic. There are 2 suggestions I would recommend: Your entrance ticket is valid for 2 DAYS OF ADMISSION so come for 2 days as you will not get to see everything at the center. Second, the wait for the lunch is abit hectic as there are no table and seat numbers and people push to the front of the line. Overall, great day and Judy was awesome!
    The ultimate experience was well...
    Heather L
    , May 2017
    The ultimate experience was well worth the money. Lunch with the astronaut Nicole Stott was amazing - she was open and friendly and very informative. The NASA bus special tour was instructive. We went back again included in price on our five day pass to finish looking at all exhibits. Tour pick-up was operated by Florida Dolphin Tours. Service and tour guide knowledge was A1.
    This was a trip of a lifetime, Julie...
    , May 2017
    This was a trip of a lifetime, Julie Bonds our tour guide was beyond exceptional, One must take the ultimate package, Please note that if your accommodation is not one the bus route they have a pick up through Florida dolphin tour Jim and Karen LeBrun Smith
    Touring the Kennedy Space Center is...
    Judith L
    , Feb 2017
    Touring the Kennedy Space Center is a most valuable experience. I'm not much of a Science person, but I am deeply moved by American History and the amazing accomplishments of the human species. I was deeply moved at walking into the Atlantis exhibit. The craft definitely exudes the energy of it's many missions. I loved sitting in a room with the actual computers used in the command center for some of the earliest space endeavors. Touring the compound with a well informed guide was also a rich experience. Just think, I was right there at launch pad 39 where all of the manned flights originated! Lunch with an astronaut was a most pleasant experience, well organized and the food was quite good could have been hotter Our guide from Florida Dolphin Tours was a self proclaimed rookie and let us down a bit in terms of giving clear directives but the KSC staff compensated. I am very glad that I chose this tour.
    Highly recommend this tour for a fun...
    , Nov 2016
    Highly recommend this tour for a fun filled day of space exploration. The highlight was lunch with an Astronaut - a delicious buffet with a speech by the astronaut with a video presentation followed by professional photo with him. Other highlights are the Atlantis and Saturn V exhibits you could spend hours at each plus the mulitiple IMAX movies that are included. Worth every penny! Our driver Nicky was the best!
    A few days before departure we were...
    David R
    , Oct 2016
    A few days before departure we were notified that we could not be picked up at our hotel as previously organised. We had booked into this hotel in Nov 15 as this is where they picked up from but our tour guide stated they hadn't picked up there for 16 months. This was not good enough. We then had to sit on the bus on the return as we went all round the 'Disney Hotels' to drop off other people although they drove very close to our hotel when we arrived back to Orlando. This made the drop off after 7pm which was very late. To get to some of those 'Disney Hotels you were going all around the place. Need to set specific pick up locations and stick to them. Would not book if same bus company was used. They stated that they had no control over the route. Enjoyed being back at Kennedy Space Center but although the 'lunch with the Astronaut' was good and the Up-Close tour great, you lost time to look around properly. SR
    Florida Dolphin Tours are rubbish at...
    , Oct 2016
    Florida Dolphin Tours are rubbish at handling this tour. I will be contacting them directly with my complaints. Go by yourself and avoid this company at all costs.
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