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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Master Yoda2 hours ago

It is not uncommon especially in commercial construction to use only a small portion of an existing building to have the project legally classified as a "remodel". In some cases, it can save 6-7 figures in taxes, fees, etc. Correct, but those assessments aren't always 100% correct. Some level of undetected damage is almost a certainty in a project this large.

lazyboy97o3 hours ago

A condition assessment where the state of the building is evaluated is part of determining if a facility should be reused.

co100648 hours ago

One of the things that has really confused me about this project is how much construction is taking place on the exterior of the old Universe of Energy show-building. I don't know much about construction and it's possible that the final product will give us more insight, but it's almost as if they didn't realize the state of the building before they decided to use it. Seems like for as much work as they're putting into it, they could have just created a purpose built facility.

Purduevian1 day ago

The top of that little incline could also be a block break with the stairs designed to evac guests in case of a stop. Hard to tell from the picture.

skiir971 day ago

Do I see a lift hill to the left of the person??

kinglsyyy1 day ago

Yes, designers do group memeber sizes, its simplifies connection designs etc.... And yes the owner typically doesnt know.

lazyboy97o1 day ago

And in the case of steel roller coasters it is often standard steel pipe. If you’re in an area far from the factory or need to meet local sourcing requirements the manufacturer will often let you buy the supports from a local supplier.

HauntedPirate1 day ago

Hey, whoa, you can't rush them like that. They have a ton of storytelling to do on that ride for the money they are spending on it.... right? :cautious:

M:SpilotISTC121 day ago

I added a little bit since Disney takes extra long to build attractions. Disney building a roller coaster in under 5 years is unheard of. That's why I said closer to 2023. We wont get it until probably October 22 at best, imo.


You're meant 2022!

M:SpilotISTC121 day ago

So I guess we ain't getting this ride until close to 2023?

Master Yoda1 day ago

It is not uncommon to try and standardize materials when designing a structure. It simplifies fabrication, avoids mistakes, and often costs less in the long run. Sure you end up with a few areas that are overdesigned, but a customer will never call to complain that their structure is too strong.

larryz1 day ago

That must be a "high speed" section of the track. If not, it looks tremendously over-engineered.

MrPromey1 day ago

Very common technique since it's incredibly easy to work with for carving, it's incredibly light weight and safe for mounting, and if they really need it to last under conditions of abuse, they can apply fiberglass to it and make it weather resistant enough to be kept outdoors or something that can take a moderate beating from people who can get their hands on it. As long as they don't have to design with really fine detail for extended close-up scrutiny, this, combined with Trompe l'oeil painting techniques, can pull off the illusion of mass and scale for very elaborate sets. You've seen it in use many times with various finishes here in Florida on the outside and inside of attractions and in movies (and in Macey's Thanksgiving Day Parade, most of the elaborate Mardi Gras floats - including the ones Universal uses, Chick-fil-a billboard sings with 3D cows, etc.) and probably never realized it. Even things that don't have to be heavily detailed and will be looked at more closely can be done this way like huge outdoor parts of say, this place: A whole bunch of that place is fiberglass covered carved foam (in this scene, I know for fact that the canopy of that carousel is) and it's more hurricane resistant than most homes.