PHOTO - Walls go up around Epcot's Universe of Energy Pavilion

Oct 06, 2017 in "Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind"

Posted: Friday October 6, 2017 12:35pm EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Construction walls now surround the former Universe of Energy Pavilion at Epcot.

Ellen's energy Adventure closed on August 13 2017 to make way for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy coaster.

Much of the original Universe of Energy Pavilion will be used as queue and pre-show space, with a new ride building set to be built behind the Wonders of Life pavilion. Much like Rock 'n 'RollerCoaster, the separate ride building will house the actual rollercoaster ride, linked to the original building by a launch tunnel.

Despite the now outward signs of progress, don't get too excited just yet. Guardians of the Galaxy is speculated to open around Spring 2021.

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Hawg G4 hours ago

Indy at Disneyland says hello.

MisterPenguin5 hours ago

Stitch's Great Escape also had a direct English to Galactic lettering system way longer ago. Not to mention Futurama did, too.

HauntedPirate16 hours ago

This is people like THEZach thinking they are soooo smart and clever. I'm sure the 1200 page book on the backstory for this ride will be announced soon, at the low, low price of $99.99 ($5 discount for Disney+ subscribers).

bhg46917 hours ago

Bad bourbon maybe? I've had some that wasn't worth having around for longer than a second.

bhg46917 hours ago

Pandora was seemingly a language or at least a lot of words created for the IP.. This is as silly as insisting that aurebesh is a different language.

HauntedPirate19 hours ago

Who shoots bourbon? ;) I can't disagree - The story falls apart once you get on the actual ride. And there's so much in the queue, it's overload.

DCBaker19 hours ago

RyMickey14 days ago

Rode this a second time at a private party with a gin and tonic, bourbon and Diet Coke, and shot of bourbon in me…but in the third row instead of the second to last. HUGE difference in my reaction to ride. Could it have been the alcohol? Sure, but I figured that would’ve made the experience worse. That said, riding front as opposed to back made a big difference in the disorientation that I felt initially. That said, the story is a mess. Say what you will about the “immersion” and whatnot, but once the ride actually starts, the whole thing falls apart with the story. Maybe a third time in a few months from now will yield different results since I know I will ask to be upfront (which I NEVER typically have to do on Disney rides) and this go around I was just worrying about not vomiting on my boss, but if the goal was to present an actual through line, I really don’t see this as a success.

FigmentFan8216 days ago

rode 4 times, fantastic coaster. SM on crack is accurate. I like GotG so I don't mind that overlay, but it could easily be something else too

helenabear17 days ago

Not even close IMO. We rode EE after GotG on the same day (just like an hour or so apart). EE is far more intense than GotG. The spin might disorient some, but in terms of intensity GotG is nothing. In fact GotG isn't terribly intense at all. I do not recall any real Gs going on either. It's biggest issue is motion sickness for some due to how the cars spin inwards or around while facing a screen. Hints for those times, look for the track. My group that half had motion sickness issues did fine and even rode it once sans meds. EE with meds gives them headaches but not bad. I rode front once, back once, and center twice. Back is more jarring in general. I prefer front row with some physical issues I have.

Tuvalu17 days ago

From multiple sources we heard that sitting in the middle (row 5 or 6) is the best location to avoid disorientation. We requested the middle, which the CM accommodated (we had to wait over on the side until she could fit us in on the next train.) I suffer from motion sickness and can’t ride Everest, RnRC, and need to close my eyes on simulators (Star Tours, Smugglers Run). I found the backwards launch thrilling and fun! In fact I felt perfectly fine (eyes open the entire time) until the helix when you travel around the planet. Like you, I was ready for the ride to be DONE. I felt queasy for the next half hour or so. I’m glad I did it but am not sure I will ride again. But if I do, I will request middle. My family has ridden several times in back and front and can attest that the middle is less intense than either front or back.

RyMickey18 days ago

Generally curious if there is first hand experience of someone feeling disoriented in the back of the coaster, but feeling relatively fine if riding in the front? Just wondering if that really made a difference to anyone.

RyMickey18 days ago

I agree. Rode it for the first time today and it may very well be my last time. I didn’t feel sick on it or after, but I did feel “uncomfortable” because of the disorientation like you mentioned. I was ready for it to be done by the time I was spinning around the planet at the end. The preshow and queue were totally solid and created this story. Then you get on the coaster and literally have no idea what is going on during the ride. What this needed were starts and stops throughout where the story developed and eventually was resolved. The nonstop movement made the story a difficult thing to follow. I was in the second to last car and I’ve read that the back is more disorienting, but I’m not sure I care to even give this another shot. I’m not THAT old (early 40s) but I do find that even Everest’s backward helixes do something to me that makes me uncomfortable — I can handle RNRC without issue but the backwards piece of Everest gives me that “uncomfortable” feeling like I felt during this one. It doesn’t help that the Guardians are some of my least favorite Marvel characters so my affinity to them is next to nil.

ChrisFL19 days ago

to add to that as I rode it this past week for the first time....it does physically turn you left or right and isn't gravity turning you in certain directions. For me, this, along with being mostly in the dark and some tight helixes and fast for being in those helixes made it pretty intense for me. I would be fine with the random direction changes you face if the coaster was about 10% slower, but it may just be me as I don't ride a lot of big coasters like I used to. I've also heard that if you try to turn your head to focus on the "story" scenes, the disorientation may be worse.