Disney Imagineer describes the Galaxarium - the first scene at 'Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind'

Apr 01, 2022 in "Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind"

Galaxarium in Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind
Posted: Friday April 1, 2022 5:17pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Imagineer Zach Riddley has taken to Instagram to explain more about the Galaxarium - the first scene at EPCOT's 'Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind.'

The plantarium-like exhibit is where the attraction begins, and it offers a 30 minute long show in the queue area - including some nods to EPCOT's history.

Zach said:

As you may have seen, earlier this week we were able to invite a small group of guests to Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT for a sneak peek of the Galaxarium inside the Wonders of Xandar pavilion. This is our first scene, where the story of EPCOT and the story of Xandar come together, and set us up for our grand adventure. It has been incredible to see this space go truly from sketch to reality over the past several years. Walking this breathtaking “space” is a reminder of the hard work and passion our team of Imagineers have devoted to bring this first-of-its-kind experience to EPCOT.

Building off the legacy of EPCOT as a place where discovery and curiosity comes to life, The Galaxarium is a planetarium-like exhibition where Guests will first be introduced to Xandar and the many similarities we share with our Xandarian visitors. This over 30-minute show begins to touch on both planets and how the Xandarian galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy, is similar to our own, showcasing the real science behind the formation of galaxies and solar systems. As you make your way through the Galaxarium, you’ll be able to glimpse the Xandar Gallery ahead… where we will learn more about Xandar and its people, protectors, and heroes!

This space is really dynamic, organized around a radial grid where Guests rise an entire level with sinuous ramping, allowing you to take in the media on the dome above from many vantage points. The lighting and architectural elements echo the color and aesthetic of Xandar and give a great mood to our first act of this attraction. I cannot wait for Guests to experience this space for themselves, and all that awaits beyond - including some wonderful nods to EPCOT history that I know our favorite EPCOT fans will enjoy.

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MagicHappens19712 days ago

They don’t and the elevator is tucked away into a corner, which is typical for attractions that have it as a second mode of exit

mergatroid2 days ago

It's the same at Gringotts, saw a bloke take a tumble down those when leaving. Might be an idea to have a CM announce to all guests that there's an elevator option upon exiting if they don't already do that on Guardians?

vikescaper2 days ago

There are elevators for those who can’t use the stairs.

bhg4692 days ago

This is something that will only get worse as more people ride it and know where to go. For us it's not worth the pushing and shoving so we stay to the left.

rockpiece083 days ago

Change today in the 2nd pre show room, a Cast Member is now standing preventing people from lining up at the entry door. I guess they were tired of everyone rushing to the right and ignoring the pre show.

bhg4693 days ago

I think they were limited due to space and it being very steep. I do however see this happening again just because the nature of the ride.

mergatroid3 days ago

That's not good, hope they're ok?

LSLS3 days ago

Yeah not going to lie, I felt a bit wobbly coming down those stairs. I feel like they could have done something like what the people mover has to make it a lot easier.

gerarar3 days ago

Stairs are needed because it goes over the ride track. Think of the exit like Dinosaur's in AK. There are elevators for those that need it.

G00fyDad3 days ago

THAT is the exit?? Someone thought it would be a great idea to add stairs after a ride that spins you around?? And what about those with mobility issues?

Hawg G3 days ago

Didn’t somebody foresee this? https://wdwnt.com/2022/08/guest-falls-injured-exit-stairs-cosmic-rewind/

LSLS3 days ago

So, I got to ride it today and it was a lot of fun. BUT, I have no idea how the story unfolded or was resolved. I guess between the music and the constant movement, I completely missed all the screens and talking showing the actual story part. Just saw the end where we were told job well done.

RSoxNo13 days ago

The toast might help with the vomiting.

IMDREW4 days ago

Does anyone know what music plays in the Glenn Close pre-show? Shazamming doesn’t work 😅