VIDEO - Disney shows off Guardians of the Galaxy coaster ride system in testing

Nov 16, 2020 in "Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind"

Inside Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind show building
Posted: Monday November 16, 2020 12:17pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today showed some new video of the 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind' rollercoaster at a testing facility.

The Omnicoaster is a first- of-its-kind programmable roller coaster ride system, where guests can be rotated along the ride track in any direction while traveling at high speeds. The Omnicoaster name builds upon the tradition of the Omnimover ride system in which Walt Disney Imagineers are able to turn guests in any direction and focus their attention on a specific scene or element.

The more than $400 million coaster was originally expected to open in 2021, but an opening window has been thrown into some doubt due to the COVID-19 shutdown and reduction in spending. Disney did not offer any information an opening timeframe with the release of this new video.

The new video was part of a presentation by Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, as he took the virtual stage at the IAAPA Expo: Virtual Education Conference.

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Purduevian11 hours 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.

JEANYLASER1 day ago

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.

Disney Analyst1 day ago

I mean... don’t get me wrong... we’ve all helped derail many threads, especially these days haha! But, at least we all know better? 😂

MrPromey1 day ago

Sorry to laugh at your post. You going out of your way to help a new member understand is great but given how a lot of our threads go... especially lately, I couldn't help but smile, a little. ;)

Lucky Rabbit1 day ago

Confirmation shooting footage for this ride is still on his to-do list.