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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DreamfinderGuy1 hour ago

Just a rumor. Gunn said he’s shooting the ride scenes with Guardians 3.

Hawkeye_20181 hour ago

There was a report awhile back that Taika was shooting the Guardian scenes for this ride during Thor 4. Was that not accurate?

CaptainNicko1 hour ago

brettf222 hours ago

Anything’s possible. But I’m not sure they’d slow development of a ride just so they could wait until the cast is filming GotG3. I have no insight into what the cast contracts say, but extra cost of flying each cast member in for a day of makeup and shooting is probably minuscule compared to the cost of the rest of the ride.

jagiord12 hours ago

In fairness, the development of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol III has taken a long time as well, so the cast hasn't been able to reunite to film their scenes for this ride yet. I'd slow production too if the rest of the ride would be done, waiting on filming/editing/effects as well.

brettf223 hours ago

You can tell the development of this ride has taken a long time. We’ve now moved on to the “Zapruder Film” level of analysis

gorillaball5 hours ago

hmmm, I was actually ignoring the stairs entirely, my orange line is meant to be along the external wall in both pics.

lazyboy97o16 hours ago

Looking at this more I think you are correct. I was thinking that stair was the other roof stair. Having two stairs that close together both going that high, with the non-roof stair being protected so that it is an Exit is just another one of those bizarre design choices. It’s a lot of expense when it seems it should have been possible to have a single stair.

rick_19 hours ago

the 2 points circled in red show the last known location of the track before it passes through the wall to the left of the frame. Considering the track only enters/exits the gravity building in 1 corner, there's only one possible perspective that the photo could have been taken from.

JT30819 hours ago

The issue you're having is that the Door you see is for an internal staircase of the building (you can see the scaffolding for it in the second picture), which is to the left of the incline (from the first picture's perspective). The orange line you drew representing the wall of the building needs to be shifted further right in this first picture to line up with what you're measuring in the second picture. That shortens the distance of the drop you measured. Edit: To explain the optical illusion, the incline happens behind the door/staircase, you drew it as if it was in front of it. If that makes any sense.

gorillaball22 hours ago

That was my suspicion Then this speculative drawing someone did many months ago is the wrong perspective, because we are not actually looking in the orange outline.

lazyboy97o23 hours ago

There is no door in Image 2. They’re not looking at the same point.

gorillaball23 hours ago

Let me try to illustrate a different way. Orange line is wall of the building. Point A to point B is much further in pic 1 vs pic 2, IE: more track from the top of the hill (A) to where the track would intersect the wall of the building (B). IF that's true (and pics aren't an illusion or I'm way off base) then these two pics are of different portions of the track... IE: the internal view is not looking at the exit/entrance slope corner.

gorillaball1 day ago

I'm not talking about the angle of the slope, rather the length of the slope between the top of the hill and when it hits what would be the front of the building.