PHOTOS - Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster construction at Epcot

Apr 04, 2018 in "Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind"

Guardians of the Galaxy construction - April 2018
Posted: Wednesday April 4, 2018 9:02am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Construction of Walt Disney World's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy rollercoaster is well and truly underway in Epcot's Future World.

The rear of the former Universe of Energy pavilion is now an active construction site, with work taking place on that building, and on the second new building that will house the actual ride.

The former Universe of Energy building will contain the queue and pre-show areas, and as you can see from the image above, the rear wall has a large section removed that will join onto a new building that is now being built.

Behind the existing building, work is well underway on construction of the new ride building that will contain the actual coaster. Much like Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, the two buildings will be linked by a tunnel.

So far there are minimal changes at the front of Universe of Energy.

Besides construction walls, the only other point of note is the former ride exits have been removed and covered in scrims.

Disney has not yet announced an opening date for Guardians of the Galaxy at Epcot, but current estimates put the ride at a Spring 2021 opening.

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James Alucobond4 days ago

As I've said elsewhere, I wouldn't mind seeing some of the garden elements make their way to us, but the mountain itself is incredibly inferior to the original, in my opinion.

Casper Gutman4 days ago

It just looks unpleasantly organic, especially that smaller node.

gerarar4 days ago

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind officially opened 1 year ago today on May 27, 2022. The longest virtual queue window was on November 30, 2022 – when the 1pm drop lasted for 7 hours and 30 mins! The park that day was open until 9:30pm, reaching a max of BG 184 called at 8:32pm. 7am drop Quickest: May 28, 2022 with 3.4 secs. Longest: Feb 7, 2023 with 2 hrs 41 mins. 1pm drop Quickest: Aug 1, 2022 with 3.04 secs. Longest: Nov 30, 2022 with 7 hrs 30 mins. 6pm drop Quickest: May 30, 2022 with 2.79 secs. Longest: Oct 31, 2022 with 3 hrs 24 mins The virtual queue system remains in place to today. Here is a scatterplot of all the VQ drops for the past year, 364 data points/days of drops total (1 day missing due to Hurricane Ian closure).

Kamikaze8 days ago

As to the exterior - iconic, absolutely. Beautiful? I don't think that fits. The track layout could definitely be better. Its the worst of all versions currently.

UNCgolf8 days ago

J45468 days ago

Id love for them to copy the tokyo version cause imo it looks great, the biggest problem is that it will need a massive showbuilding behind the front (like GotG) so it would be quite big

SpectreJordan8 days ago

I'm not really familiar with what it'll look like on the outside. I don't think they'd change it in MK, but I imagine they could recreate the track layout or something similar.

Bocabear8 days ago

I saw the art on the exterior and really really REALLY hate it... WDW's Space Mountain was the first version and the building is beautiful and iconic... as far as the exterior goes, and the track layout, I don't think you could create a better version...It just really needs to be brought back to something closer to the original style...

James Alucobond8 days ago

Not outside, I hope.

SpectreJordan8 days ago

Hopefully they'll just copy whatever Tokyo is planning on doing.

Bocabear8 days ago

TO me, TRON is ruined by the constant trim brakes along the ride and it's length. Space Mountain could be amazing with new track and some love... The star fields seem to be a fraction of the brightness they originally were back in the 70s...They have added more trim brakes, and the entire experience could use a refresh....without losing the core and style of the original ride... New technology silent faster lift hill would add a lot...onboard audio would also make a huge difference... Completely redoing the exit displays and restoring the speedramp would be amazing, and I think they should lean into the 70s version of the future...allow it to be retro...bring back the home of future living...or something like it (Where are all the sets and figures from Horizons?) and as a side note, the original sound track and theme song were recorded without the Sponsor name it could even be resurrected. Isn't it time to imagine a fun future instead of the steady diet we are fed of a dystopian post apocalyptic world? I am ready to think about a world of possibilities....

SpectreJordan8 days ago

I imagine they discussed the Speedway when they were planning Tron. I guess they decided they were going to keep it for a long time, sadly. I'm not a fan of it either, but I guess it's a hit with kids or something.

UNCgolf10 days ago

Well yeah, I agree it's better than having nothing for capacity reasons. I just think they could have built something significantly better, and the placement causes problems if they ever wanted to replace the Speedway (which they should).

SpectreJordan11 days ago

I haven't rode it yet but it seems like it's good for capacity at the very least. A roller coaster will always be popular & eat people up.