PHOTOS - Guardians of the Galaxy construction update at Epcot

Nov 12, 2018 in "Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind"

Guardians of the Galaxy construction - November 2018
Posted: Monday November 12, 2018 10:19am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney World's upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy coaster dominates the Epcot horizon, and it looks like we now have a clearer picture of just how Imagineering plans to enclose the building.

A series of exterior panels are now in place, beginning with dark green as the lowest level, moving to a lighter shade going upwards, and then moving to the tried-and-tested go-away blue for the upper levels. This strategy has been used numerous times before, including the Soarin' ride show building across the World Showcase Lagoon.

The above is a view of the building that will enclose the coaster tracker and below is a good view of the tunnel that will link the former Universe of Energy building (which will become queue and land area), to the actual coaster ride building.

Little has changed at the front of the building, although all of the solar panels have now been removed.

When it opens in a rumored Spring 2021, the ride will feature a new coaster ride system and promises to be one of the longest enclosed coasters in the world.

Aerial photos for WDWMAGIC by Colin Chardavoyne @cchard

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DreamfinderGuy22 minutes ago

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

Hawkeye_201847 minutes ago

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

CaptainNicko49 minutes ago

brettf221 hour 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.

jagiord11 hour 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.

brettf222 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

gorillaball4 hours ago

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

lazyboy97o15 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_18 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.

JT30818 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.

gorillaball21 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.

lazyboy97o22 hours ago

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

gorillaball22 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.