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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whenisthenextMONORAIL???9 hours ago

"...What was lacking was a public focus for new ideas and concepts, a "center" for the communication of new possibilities for the future - directly to the public. To answer this need, we are developing Epcot Center: a permanent world's fair of imagination, discovery, education, and exploration that combines the Disney entertainment and communication skills with the knowledge and predictions for the future of authorities from industry, the academic world, and the professions. Our goal is to inspire the visitors who comes here, so that they will be turned on to the positive potential of the future and will want to participate in making the decisions that will shape it. We believe that in a world of cynicism and negativism abound, there is another story, and we have chosen, with forethought and conviction, to tell it, and to be the voice of optimism." Martin A. Sklar Vice President Creative Development WED Enterprises November 20, 1981 [COLOR=rgb(85, 57, 130)][FONT=trebuchet ms][SIZE=7]Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind[/COLOR][/B] [FONT=courier new]is the most [/B] [FONT=courier new][SIZE=7][I][COLOR=rgb(85, 57, 130)]AWESOME[/COLOR][/I][/B][FONT=courier new] and[/B][FONT=courier new] [SIZE=7][I][COLOR=rgb(85, 57, 130)]PERFECT[/COLOR][/I][/B] [FONT=courier new]attraction to lead Epcot and Disney World into the future[/B]

deWild16 hours ago

I like it. However, I’m not so sure I would call this ride revolutionary, it’s more akin to how Avatar was basically Soarin’ on steroids. Granted, a heavy dosage of steroids. Will Guardians be breathtaking? I have no doubt it will.

Incomudro3 days ago

I probably rode it twice (definitely once) on two different trips spaced a couple of years apart in the early 90's. I do find it odd that it didn't leave a very memorable mark on me, and watching the videos of it - impressive as the attraction looks - I remembered very little of it. It kind of blended in in to all of the other "Epcoty" experience.

ChewbaccaYourMum6 days ago

Ok, great video. The fact that I love Spaceship Earth, I know this would have been one of my favorites to go on again and again any day I was in Epcot. It's crazy because this ride closed in 1999 and I was born in 1992 and went to Disney World multiple times a year growing up. I don't know why I can't remember going on this ride at all. I have memories of so many other rides and shows that have all closed down. It makes me really sad.

MisterPenguin7 days ago

Insiders are saying 2022.

mitchk7 days ago

Some pics from the front

sbunit7 days ago

I was wondering if this ride has a shot to open in 2021? I haven't read much of anything about it's time line, as opposed to other attractions like Rat (definitive opening in 2021) and Tron (definitive delay and work stoppage come the end of this year that will most likely push it's debut into 2022). Unless I am wrong, I cannot find any info regarding the anticipated opening of Guardians and work seems to be moving along without any signs of future work stoppage. Is there a chance this ride debuts late 2021?

Goofy2137 days ago

If this ride is about the "Big Bang" will we get to see Penny and Leonard's baby? What about Sheldon and Amy, will they split up after winning the Noble Prize? Finally will the ride feature the theme song?

sedati7 days 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 was 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.

Mickeynerd177 days 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.

RSoxNo17 days 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.

doctornick7 days 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 days 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 days ago

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