PHOTOS - Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind show scenery pieces arrive and ride vehicles begin push-pull testing through the track

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Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind show scenery and push-pull testing of ride vehicles

Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley gave an update on EPCOT's Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind earlier this evening, including a rare look inside the show building.

Imagineers are currently carrying out a slow push/pull test of the ride vehicles on the track, verifying that the vehicles are able to pass through the track as intended before moving onto full speed testing.

Also seen, and pictured above, is some of the show scenery that will be part of the attraction.

We still await an opening timeframe update from Disney, with the ride originally expected to open in 2021, but now subject to COVID-19 related delays.

The Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind adventure starts in the Galaxarium, a planetarium-like exhibition that explores the similarities and mysteries of the formation of Earth’s galaxy and Xandar.

Guests will be invited to learn more about the treasures Xandar has to share – until the moment when the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and adventures across the cosmos ensue.

The attraction 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. 

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Article Posted: Nov 20, 2020 / 9:51pm ET
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sedati4 hours ago

The Radok screens were cool and a concept I wish could be revisited. An aspect of the original Energy that I really miss was the final transition back into the first theater. The space shuttle roared off and the song began, we moved ahead into pure imagery that minimalist and oddly trippy. The mirrors made the vast space feel even more vast as the theater vehicles moved into place and then the whole floor rotated around. A bit nonsensical (we progress from the shuttle to a Saturn V?) and as hokey as the Tomorrow's Child sequence over at Spaceship Earth, but it won me over with sheer scale and unabashed audacity. The videos give you the gist, but it really felt amazing being in that space- I remember it being so disorienting and expansive that when the lights suddenly came on it was almost like snapping out of a daydream.

Mickeynerd175 hours ago

Interesting. I understand your reasoning with the dinosaurs and radok blocks. I got to experience the former as Ellen's energy, and they were pretty epic. I personally am more of a technology/space person, so Horizons connects with me more, but hey, to each their own! Now, horizons not having a catchy tune? I can semi-understand your point, especially with the length, which is my biggest criticism, but either than that it's a really good tune in my humble opinion. Imagination's music is more memorable because the Sherman Bros struck gold with One Little Spark. As far as Horizons popularity, that's probably a question for @marni1971 , 'cause I really don't know, they were all extremely popular back in the day.

RSoxNo16 hours ago

I'm of the opinion that the IP based futurism belongs in Tomorrowland with the non-IP based futurism belonging in Future World. Dusting off one of my deep cuts, I've said that when Space Mountain ultimately gets its new track, they should rebuild it in Future World instead.

doctornick6 hours ago

Well I thought the Radok blocks were an awesome effect. And the whole moving theater traveling through giant sets just felt epic. And, quite frankly, I kinda love Dinosaurs. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I disliked Horizons or thought it was bad or anything, just that it wouldn’t be at the top of my list of favorite Disney rides. I didn’t mention it but I also didn’t find it’s music to be all that interesting and having a threat catchy tune is probably one of the things that really makes a difference to me for a ride (Imagination and WoM both had the kind of songs that you’d keep humming and wouldn’t leave your head). Edit: Just to clarify a bit: I think the concepts featured in Horizons were cool. But they work better as ideas than they do as a ride IMHO. Horizons probably best embodies the (alleged?) everyman complaints about EPCOT Center being "boring and education" among the classic attractions. It showed some inspired futurist concepts but wasn't as "fun" as other rides that had funny scenes or catchy songs or neat effects. I think that's a big reason it was the first of the original pavilions to close (yes, it reopened and outlasted WoM in the end, but it was shut down first). I'm curious if anyone in the know has an idea how it did in guest surveys compared to other FW attractions of its day.

UNCgolf7 hours ago

It wasn't about the tech for me -- the omnimax screens were probably my least favorite part of the ride as a kid (not that I didn't like them). The future scenes of the desert, the underwater base, and the space station were my favorites. That's not really surprising, though, considering Carousel of Progress is probably my favorite attraction at the Magic Kingdom and those scenes were very reminiscent of it. I do think that World of Motion is incredibly underrated, although I wouldn't rank it above Horizons.

UNCgolf7 hours ago

Yeah, the Universe of Energy was far from accurate. The ride was a lot more interesting than a roller coaster, though.

Mickeynerd178 hours ago

You could sort-of say the same for Horizons, except they didn't just trash the ride system, they killed the whole building. At least Imagination as a building and half the ride track/system still exists. Mission Space, in regards to overall experience, is not nearly as wholesome of an experience as Horizons. It was completely designed around the simulator and not much else. I don't even have to have ridden it to see that. Also, Horizons didn't kill anybody (as far as we know). One thing I want to mention, why do you rate original UOE over Horizons? UOE was 100% more dry and educational while Horizons was more fantastical and inspirational. Would love to hear your reasoning there.

doctornick8 hours ago

I think Horizons is vastly overrated myself. Original Imagination and World of Motion were both better among lost classic attractions (though at least WoM got a solid replacement). I’d probably rate classic UoE higher too. Horizons has the novel choosing of the final scene but the overall experience to me was fine and certainly repetitive with the rest of FW. I think it’s one of those rides that gets too much credit for groundbreaking tech than for the actual experience. And at least its replacement is aspirational and unique. Losing the original Journey in Imagination conversely was a devastating loss. One of the greatest Disney rides just destroyed with an insulting replacement

October829 hours ago

The Energy pavilion had a lot of problems - not just in this regard - and as one would expect given its sponsorship history. But for the most part EPCOT Center at least tried to aim for something more than its mandate in its substance and style. I really hope to be wrong here, but I don't see a similar effort being made with Cosmic Rewind. I have little doubt that the words "Big Bang" will be said in Cosmic Rewind, but I would wager that more substantive content (about the Big Bang and other things) will have been conveyed by universe of energy, even accounting for all of its varied problems.

MisterPenguin9 hours ago

At least the Big Bang is not a disproven hypothesis, like oil coming from dinosaurs was decades before the original (and revised) Energy Pavilion was built.

October829 hours ago

I'm hoping to be wrong about this, but I've seen nothing to indicate that the connection to the Big Bang and the "wider cosmos" is anything more than window dressing. Epcot 3.0 is honest about being more about Disney fantasy™ than fact, but it is still a shame to see how much the real world has been abandoned in this pavilion.

sedati10 hours ago

Last I'll say on the Horizons matter and I'll tie it into Cosmic Rewind. Imagine adding a ride to Fantasyland that was about fairy tales- not one specific tale, but the genre as a whole. But this ride also included segments devoted to Snow White, Peter Pan, Cinderella, etc. It would be great, but it doesn't fill a need. Cosmic Rewind will both offer a coaster in a coster-less park, it will cover the big bang and the wider cosmos, both of which are now lacking at Epcot.

Incomudro11 hours ago

Mission Space is an amazing experience. I wish I didn't get slightly queezy on it.

Mickeynerd1711 hours ago

Agreed Imagination would be higher in the list if it actually worked properly, and might have not been as trashed in an update too. The ride system was, and still very much is, terrible to hear. All the clanking sounds like screws are popping loose. The only thing similar is Spaceship Earth, but that's because the track has never been replaced in its service life.