Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind will open summer 2022 at EPCOT

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Posted: Saturday November 20, 2021 10:11am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today announced that the new Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind rollercoaster will open Sumer 2022 at Walt Disney World's EPCOT.

Under construction for five years, the ride was originally planned to open before Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary but faced delays from the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown.

New concept art was also shown of the queue and pre-show area.

Located in the park’s newly renamed World Discovery neighborhood, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be the first “other-world” showcase pavilion at EPCOT. Xandarians traveled from their homeworld in the Andromeda galaxy to Earth – or Terra, as they call it – to build this Wonders of Xandar pavilion, inviting EPCOT guests to learn more about their people and their advanced technologies. Until the Guardians arrive, anyway, and adventure ensues …

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will offer several other “firsts,” including:

  • The first coaster attraction at EPCOT.
  • The first reverse launch for a Disney coaster.
  • The first Walt Disney World attraction to feature the Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be one of the longest fully enclosed coasters in the world, housed in one of the largest show buildings ever constructed for a Disney theme park. By volume, four Spaceship Earths would fit inside the attraction’s massive new show building.
  • Academy Award nominee Glenn Close reprises her role from “Guardians of the Galaxy” as Nova Prime, the leader of Xandar and commander of the Nova Corps.
  • Disney Imagineers were recently on-set for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” to film with the Guardians for this new attraction.
  • A Starblaster will stand outside the Wonders of Xandar building, the first full-size version of this Xandarian ship ever built.
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DCBaker1 hour ago

trainplane34 hours ago

I swear this pavilion has had more patches then most modern video games:

Rich Brownn15 hours ago

And Futurama still had 3-5 hour waits nearly every day. Oy the lines, that I remember so well....

sedati1 day ago

Futurama 2 (it was a sequel attraction) claimed 5.500 people an hour: Tightly spaced rows of three all looking awkwardly sideways: And if you want to know what Horizons would be like if it were done entirely with models and devoid of personality:

lazyboy97o2 days ago

It is always the parks that have to help, and the American ones at that. Movies under performing, the parks need to cut. Park in Asia over budget, the American parks need to cut. Easter in a different quarter, the parks need to cut. Just reinvesting more of the money generated by the parks could be huge.

castlecake2.02 days ago

Oh I totally get that, I haves worked in many business segments of “the Company” and understand that sometimes we have to help other LOBs out for the greater good. I just want like 1 or 2 of the 33 billion that D+ is getting. I’m not asking much lol

Casper Gutman2 days ago

This is true. It is equally true that, for Wall Street and entertainment execs in general, streaming is very very sexy and theme parks have never been sexy - even if theme parks have helped provide the money and IPs that enable streaming and are far more vital to Disney’s brand image then streaming will ever be. The core of Disney’s image is and will continue to be two things - animation and theme parks. And Disney’s top execs hate that.

MisterPenguin2 days ago

Disney is already a leader in theme parks. They're attempting to be a leader in streaming, which is not just a nicety or gravy, it's a necessity for the company. When the pandemic hit and parks and theaters were closed, it was Disney's linear channels that continued to bring in a profit, enough to keep them near a break-even point. If they didn't have those linear channels, a pandemic like the one we just had could bankrupt the company leading to a breakup of the company. The money to prime the reopening of the parks came from home entertainment. If you want the company to be healthy and to continue to survive such that they can withstand the next pandemic (or Great Recession or the next 9/11), you want that home entertainment to be profitable. And home entertainment is moving from broadcast/cable to streaming.

Casper Gutman2 days ago

Ok, Ok, Ok, but what if the film was much much shorter, with much less detail, and we kicked the back of your seat while you watched? That would be totally exciting and really get the kids involved! And then… what if we opened almost the exact same very short, basic film with physical jolts in five different places in the cinema? I bet you’re not tired of THAT!

egg2 days ago

Man, I am so tired of films. I saw one last week and now there are like, four more this week. seriously though, I get tired of films sometimes

castlecake2.02 days ago

Just popping in to share some math. FY2022 budget for D+ is the équivalent of them building this attraction 72 more times. Imagine if they invested some of this money into the parks.

Rich Brownn2 days ago

I was at the fair many many times. Huge capacity was a must when you consider they were planning for 70,000,000 people in 12 months (only 55,000,000 showed up tho). Even then rides like Bell and Futurama had 2-3 hour lines!

sedati3 days ago

That's the Bell Systems ride at the 1964 World's Fair. Here's some details about the system: 1,000 seats. 14 min ride. 4,285 hourly capacity Stills were taken from this recent video starting @ 10:40: Also check out 2:08 to see the IBM pavilion that likely inspired the Mosasaur scene in Jurassic World. Here's a great video all about that pavilion:

Hawg G3 days ago

The Universal one is ruined because it has ZERO show scenes. MInd boggling.