Looking for the closest space to watch a rocket launch? Look no further..... Witness the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying astronauts to the International Space Station, marking the beginning of a new era of space exploration. This is the closest viewing area available, just 3 miles from the launch pad 39A with a clear line of sight.
Join Gray Line as you ride with them out to Kennedy Space Center. There are boarding locations in the International Drive area of Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista and Merritt Island. As you board the bus the tour escort will provide you the necessary tickets and Gray Line identification that you will need during the evening. They will explain to you how the night should develop. After clearing security and entering the visitor complex you will have a little time to explore. Check out the World's Largest Space Shop and walk through the Space Shuttle Atlantis building before you have to board the bus out to the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Whilst at the complex you have to stop for the iconic photo stood beneath this rocket, before you go and wait to see an historic launch of astronauts returning to space from America's Spaceport.
The Banana Creek Viewing area has unparalleled views. Just 3.9miles direct line of site to launch pad 39A from where Space X launch. This is the first commercial crew rotation mission to the International Space Station. The launch is scheduled for 02:40am and as it lifts off it will light up the entire night sky. From this view point you will hear and feel the rumble of the solid rocket boosters. It is a magnificent sight to behold and truly history in the making.
We hope for a successful launch, after which we will await the re-entry of the solid boosters.
Following hopefully the launch, or sadly after a failed scrub attempt we would re-board the Gray Line bus, and be transferred directly back to your original pick up location.
This package is operated exclusively by Gray Line Orlando. You have to ride our tour vehicles and cannot drive yourself to Kennedy Space Center. We will not be returning to the vehilce complex following a successful launch or scrubbed launch attempt from the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
If you are looking for a way to watch this package this truly is the best view possible - this is it. You cannot get any closer!!
This is an anticipated schedule for Gray Line Orlando tours to the VIP Up-close viewing area at the Banana Creek for the Space X Crew-1 launch scheduled at 2.40am on October 31st 2020. - LAUNCH DATE HAS NOW CHANGED AND IS TBA.
October 30th – Gray Line Orlando collects guests from set pick up locations in Central Florida Region & Merritt Island. Around 9pm Orlando / 10pm Merritt Island.
October 30th – arrive at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at approximately 10.45pm-11pm
October 31st - Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is scheduled to open at 11pm
Guests depart buses, enter Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex through security.
Guest enjoy some time within the visitor complex
Buses will go and get security checked, then be held in a secured parking area.
October 31st – at approx. 1am guests will board their bus. The bus will be located in Lot 3, a secured holding area, the tour escorts will clearly explain how to locate this area.
October 31st - once buses are loaded Gray Line Orlando drivers will follow NASA security to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where the Banana Creek Viewing Site is located.
October 31st – 2:40am targeted launch time for Space X Crew-1
Leaving from the Apollo/Saturn V Center directly back to pick up locations.
ALL THESE TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Here are some important frequently asked questions:-
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We recommend that you stay in tuned with the weather forecast for that day and dress appropriate for the weather with closed toe shoes. This launch attempt is scheduled for 02:40 am - you will be at the Banana Creek Viewing Area for a few hours prior to launch waiting through the countdown. Even though there are some indoor areas at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, whilst waiting on the exposed viewing areas it may get cool. Furthermore, we recommend closed toe shoes as the viewing area is located at the side of a creek.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is a family-friendly environment. Proper attire, which includes a shirt and shoes, is required for admittance. We ask that guests refrain from the following attire:
Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics
Clothing that exposes tattoos depicting obscene or objectionable content
Clothing that exposes inappropriate portions of skin or areas of the body
Costume masks of any kind
Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines or cannot modify their clothing may be refused entry into and/or removed from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
CAN I BRING MY CAMERA?
Don't forget to bring you camera or have your phone battery totally charged - if the launch takes off you will get amazing images! This is the best viewing spot just 3.9 miles from the launch pad 39A with a direct line of site view.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE LAUNCH SCUBS (CANCELS OR DELAYS)
Launch date, time, and viewing opportunities are subject to change. Launches can be affected by technical and mechanical issues as well as range operations and weather, either in advance or at the last minute.
This ticket is valid for one launch attempt only. If the launch scrubs 3 days prior to the scheduled launch date, your ticket will be valid for the next launch attempt.
If the launch scrubs within 48 hours prior to the scheduled launch date, prior to transferring to the viewing site, your ticket can be rescheduled at a $50 per person fee to cover rebooking of transportation.
If the launch scrubs after you have boarded a bus out to the launch viewing site, the launch viewing portion of your ticket package is considered used.
Guests will be able to use their 2nd day admission to view the next launch attempt from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on the rescheduled date of the launch. Launch tickets are non-refundable. If you have any questions regarding this Launch Ticket Package, please contact Gray Line Orlando at 407-522-5911
HEALTH AND SAFTEY GUIDELINES
Face coverings are required at all times onboard Gray Line Orlando vehicles, within the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and NASA grounds. The only exception is during eating.
What if I don’t want to wear a mask?
Given this unprecedented situation, we appreciate everyone’s understanding as we navigate these challenges as carefully as possible. In accordance with the CDC’s recommendations, face coverings are required during your visit. Guests without masks will not be allowed entry to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Together, we can keep each other safe and healthy.
What if I have a disability that prevents me from wearing a mask?
For the health and safety of all of our guests and employees, face coverings are required, per CDC guidance. If you are unable to wear a face covering, we ask that you visit Kennedy Space Center when face coverings are no longer recommended by the CDC.
Temperature Screenings - All guests are required to undergo temperature screenings in order to board the Gray Line vehicles at their departure locations and again upon arrival at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Based on guidance from health authorities, anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 F will not be allowed entry; those in their party will not be allowed entry either.
ARE YOU SOCIAL DISTANCING?
How will the tour buses be managed?
Gray Line Orlando Tours will load tour vehicles to approximately 50% capacity to allow for social distancing.
How will crowds in enclosed areas be managed?
Within the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center directional signage has been installed to assist guests in moving throughout the complex. Additionally, ground markings will help promote proper physical distancing when queuing is needed at a location.
How will the crowds be managed at the Banana Creek?
At the Banana Creek Viewing Causeway we ask guests to ensure they continue to independently use social distancing guidelines. There will be bleacher seating available on a first come first serve basis. There is also a lawn area. We would recommend people bring either a blanket to sit on, or a folding style camping chair that collapses into a shoulder carry bag. These have to be carried into the visitor complex for them to clear security.
WHAT CAN I BRING WITH ME AND WHAT IS FORBIDDEN?
Kennedy Space Center is protected as a federal government facility. For the safety of visitors and employees, the following items are not permitted at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex:
Firearms of any type, including those belonging to off-duty law enforcement
Ammunition of any type
Pepper or Mace sprays
Knives of any type, including any item with a blade
UAS or drones are strictly prohibited and will be confiscated if operated on Kennedy Space Center property
Additionally, large coolers, luggage and other large bags are not permitted through the front gate. Be prepared: all bags, backpacks and other items may be opened and inspected at the discretion of security officers. Any items found that are on the above list must be surrounded as they cannot be left on Gray Line vehicles. Surrendered items will not be returned to you. All visitors must pass through a metal-detecting magnetometer screening device.
Gray Line vehicles have to go through a rigorous security check upon arrival at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Therefore no items can be left on board the vehicles. Any blankets or collapsible chairs in a shoulder carry bag that you have brought with you need to be carried into the complex in order for them to be security checked.
You may bring small soft sided coolers, as well as food and drinks, with the exception of alcohol. We recommend you bring some snacks and drinks with you, however, food and beverage will be available for purchase at the visitor complex and the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
If you have further questions please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected]