Astro Orbitor opened on May 22, 1998 as part of the New Tomorrowland. It was to be located atop the PeopleMover/Rocket Rods station, where its predecessor, the Rocket Jets, were located, but was too heavy for the structure, so the Rocket Jets system was stripped down to a metallic skeleton, and satellites were placed on it, and was renamed the Observatron.
Along with the new Tomorrowland paint scheme that didn't reach the Orbitor, Walt Disney Imagineering supposedly has plans to open a new PeopleMover, and with it, the Rocket Jets taking back the spot where the Observatron is, therefore, eliminating the need for the Astro Orbitor and causing its closure.
In April 2009, the Astro Orbitor closed for refurbishment, and reopened in June with a new silver paint scheme with the rotating planet mechanism repaired.
- Astro Orbiter, similar attraction at Magic Kingdom.
- Star Jets, similar attraction at Tokyo Disneyland.
- Orbitron, Machines Volantes, similar attraction at Disneyland Park (Paris).
- Orbitron, similar attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland.
- Jet Packs, similar attraction at Shanghai Disneyland.