A buffet lunch that varies seasonally. Generally, consists of a meat, pasta, vegetarian options, and a dessert. Iced Tea, Soda and Coffee are also included.
Upon arrival at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Gray Line guests will receive an exclusive welcome from an Astronaut that will give them some hints and tips to enjoy their day! The Astronaut Meet and Greet is a value-added bonus only for riders of Gray Line transportation however please note this is a complimentary added bonus that can't be guaranteed but happens most days only with Gray Line! Following the Astronaut Meet and Greet the tour guides take the guests over to the Space Shuttle Atlantis for a brief highlights tour of the facility, before leaving the guests to enjoy their day at their leisure.
Then they have the morning to explore the visitor center complex. Starting point must be the SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS! This exhibit is the world’s most comprehensive attraction devoted to the space shuttle, it brings visitors nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before – with payload bay doors open as if it were floating in space. More than 60 interactive, touch-screen experiences and high-tech simulators invite guests to “be the astronaut,” bringing to life the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program as well as the complexity of the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS). Guests can conduct a virtual EVA or extravehicular activity; practice docking to the ISS; extract cargo from the payload bay; create sonic booms and glide to a landing on the Re-entry Slide; experience the sensation of floating in space; explore a high-fidelity replica of the ISS; virtually mate Atlantis to the external tank; kick up a virtual chemical reaction to launch the shuttle; get an “X-ray view” of Atlantis’ interior; experience an orbital sunrise; strap in to the sights, sounds and sensations of a shuttle launch; take the helm at the shuttle cockpit, and much more.
During the lunch period, you will enjoy the Dine with an Astronaut lunch, which is served buffet style. During the delicious meal, you will have an up-close and personal opportunity to speak with an Astronaut and hear personal stories from one of NASA’s best. You can even have photos taken together to remember the experience forever! Lunch has many options, something for all tastes and includes desert plus sodas, ice tea, water and coffee - you must eat lunch during the day, so this is the best option available on complex!
Following lunch, you should ride the NASA Bus Tour. This will allow you to tour restricted areas, walk beneath the massive Saturn V rocket, and touch a piece of moon rock - defiantly something not to be missed. Your time in the Visitor Center is yours to enjoy independently so you can see what is important to you. This is a great day that is truly out of this world!
Departs Orlando at approx. 08:45
Arrival at KSC at approx. 09:45
Lunch with the Astronaut 12:30 – 14:30
Depart KSC Visitor Complex. 17:30 (dependent on closure time of facility)
THINGS GUESTS NEED TO KNOW OR BRING:
SERVICES AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: Stroller and wheelchair available. Electronic Translator Systems available for hire.
PERSONAL ITEMS: Camera, film, video recorder (Film is available for purchase at the gift shop)
DRESS CODE: Casual, comfortable and cool
Hard-side coolers, luggage or other large bags, fire arms of any type, ammunition, pepper/mace sprays, knives, box cutters or like items, daggers and similar edged weapons. laser pointers, large beach-type umbrellas, on-property cooking or grilling items, any other sharp/pointed items are not permitted at the KSC Complex.
Guests must note that The Visitor Complex has magnetometers similar to an airport. Please be prepared to have your personal items inspected.
All timings are approximate and subject to change. Food and drinks are included only when noted in the inclusions. No other food or drink is included within the tour product and guests are advised to take money to purchase them as necessary. Gratuities are not included for the tour guides or drivers. Many guests often ask us what a normal gratuity is, and we regularly state $2 per person for the tour driver and $2 for the guide. Gratuities are not mandatory but are encouraged upon receipt of good service.
Wheelchair Bound Guests
If you require a wheelchair, please be sure to tell us. There are 2 forms of wheelchairs: collapsible manual chairs, and non-foldable electric wheelchairs. It is very important to know what type of chair you will be travelling with. There are multiple vehicles with wheelchair lifts and these can normally accommodate wheelchair bound clients; however, the vehicles need special reservations. Be sure to confirm this with us at time of booking, as we need to ensure the vehicle is available when you would like to take the tour.