Disney Imagineer shares first look at the exterior metal panels that will form the entrance to Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT

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Posted: Monday November 15, 2021 10:33am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Progress on the exterior of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind has been very slow, but today there are signs of progress as Imagineer Zach Riddley shares a look at some new exterior metal panels that were just installed.

The panels will cover the entire front surface of the former Universe of Energy building, which will serve as the queue and pre-show area for the upcoming EPCOT roller coaster.

Zach said in his post on Instagram, "These metallic silver panels bring a sleek, intergalactic aesthetic that fits perfectly in our World Discovery neighborhood."

When the attraction opens in 2022, it will feature a new innovation from Walt Disney Imagineering – a storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus guests on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.  The thrill level is described as being between Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Rock 'n' RollerCoaster.

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trainplane349 minutes ago

I thought that was for the coaster itself, not the preshow. I'm curious to see how they are used on the coaster, IF that is where they'll be at too.

Disney Analyst1 hour ago

ANIMATRONICS?!? Weren’t we told by many that there would be no AAs?

DCBaker1 hour ago

"Kicking off with a backward launch, the fast-paced attraction will rocket riders through time and space and into the largest "show building" on the property, complete with animatronics, digital media, and the James Gunn-directed series' signature soundtrack of pop-rock hits, all in the name of amping up the same "energy and excitement" from the films." "The idea here is the planet of Xandar has come to earth, or 'Terra,' as they call it, they're here to set up the first Other-World Showcase Pavilion," he explains of the redevelopment of the area that also includes Test Track and Mission: Space — all part of Epcot's multi-year overhaul that also includes new rides and attractions based on Frozen, Soul, Ratatouille, Moana, and more. Continues Winter: "They wanted to come to Earth and reach out and talk about their people, technology, and culture. We've done that at Epcot for years where we've had other countries come and show their cultures. As you come in, we're invited to start to learn about the similarities and how we're all connected. They want to learn as much about us as teaching all of us on earth about Xandar." Still, he stresses, this version is on a unique timeline — and has some surprises in store, given its time-traveling theme that will seemingly combine bits of Marvel history with Disney World legacy. "Fans of both the films and Disney parks are going to find Easter eggs," Winter promises. "There are fun ones for both!" https://ew.com/movies/guardians-of-the-galaxy-cosmic-rewind-roller-coaster-preview-epcot/

HauntedPirate13 hours ago

Well, Disney has to market the hell out of everything. No one would come if they didn’t! 😉

larryz14 hours ago

I get the impression his minions intentionally over-hype stuff knowing he doesn't actually read them before they get posted... just to make him look like a parody of an enthusiastic WDI Portholio Executive.

larryz14 hours ago

Hey -- don't laugh at how seamlessly those roof drains are blended into the sleek lines of that... big blue box.

larryz15 hours ago

No, those are Guest Revenue Extraction Units.

Master Yoda15 hours ago

In short, yes. It is quite common for building specifications to require particular brands of a product to be used in construction (eg Microlam LVL, Architectural Parallam, Zip System sheeting, Simpson StrongTie, etc.) These specifications can come from the customer (in this case Disney) from the contractor, engineer of record, etc. In most cases, the contractor and engineer of record have the most input of what products get used. These products are often covered in that companies logo for obvious reasons. Hiding them from public view would be costly and in some cases not possible.

larryz15 hours ago

As in "We're not endorsing your product, we're just mandating that our contractors use it"?

V_L_Raptor22 hours ago

Gotcha. (It's been under development/construction/PR for so long...!)

Cesar R M22 hours ago

Agree. Then we have Disney.. that goes as far as make an announcement of an announcement of the reveal of a soon to be announced attraction.

UNCgolf1 day ago

The problem with using it to mean special is that it contradicts the main meaning of the word. You won't find much support in formal writing circles to use "unique" to mean anything but one of a kind. It's a problem (and generally considered wrong) because it lacks precision and adds confusion. A better choice is something like distinctive or rare (or even special, as you said) that doesn't cause ambiguity. Regardless, I already said it's not a big deal and is more of a pet peeve of mine than anything, considering these posts have editors that could (and should) have subbed in a better word choice.

DisneyDodo1 day ago

There’s nothing wrong about “very unique.” “Unique” does not only mean “only,” which cannot be qualified, but also “special,” which can be. In this case, he’s almost certainly using the latter definition.

BrianLo1 day ago

Generally, yes. It tends to get more overblown when there is a loss of something amongst the Disney fan community. The Universal Fandom does the total opposite, everything is the second coming... Days before SDMT had previews insiders were insistent the dwarves in the mines were static.