Installation of the Nova Corps Starblaster wrapping up at EPCOT's Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind

Jan 28, 2022 in "Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind"

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Starblaster installation - January 28 2022
Posted: Friday January 28, 2022 10:28am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The 51ft tall Nova Corps Starblaster is nearing completion at the entrance to the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT.

The three man installation team is continuing to work on finalizing the attachment of all the fins using high lift booms. The large crane that was onsite has now been removed.

If you were wondering if it is possible to go into the cockpit, here is the answer.

Guests entering the park from the eastern side get a dramatic first look at the Starblaster as they turn the corner.

It does look like the support column will remain visible, with a deliberate decision to have this look like a display as opposed to being suspended in air as seen in the concept art.

Click the gallery to see more pictures of the Nova Corps Starblaster installation at EPCOT.

'Guardians of the Galaxy" Cosmic Rewind' opens to guests in summer 2022, but we still don't have an exact date.

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donsullivan10 minutes ago

It feels like it might just be a victim of the overall very high capacity of the attraction itself. When they start up the day from zero it seems to take some number of cycles of the pre-show to get the queue in load up to a level that most trains can go out full. It feels like something OPS can adjust for as they understand it in the coming days/weeks.

Animaniac93-9817 minutes ago

Just an observation, think about how many roller coasters opened in WDW during its first 30 years. 4; Space Mountain (1975), Big Thunder Mountain (1980), The Barnstormer (1996) and Rock 'n Roller Coaster (1999). Now think about how many will have opened in the last 10 years 4; Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (2014), Slinky Dog Dash (2018), Cosmic Rewind (2022), TRON (2022/2023). It's interesting how Disney is increasingly relying on coasters for new rides, instead of inventing their own thrill system (Star Tours, Test Track, Indiana Jones, Tower of Terror, Mission: Space, Soarin') or building long-form multimedia attractions.

lazyboy97o37 minutes ago

Losing operational capacity is not a good problem. Preshows can and should be pulsed to match operational capacity.

mergatroid1 hour ago

I'm interested where you researched this, could you please link it up?

dreday31 hour ago

Exactly the kind of information that is helpful to me, many thanks!!!

wdwmagic1 hour ago

Oddly it has been this way throughout the previews and now into full opening.

Casper Gutman10 hours ago

Disney rides are supposed to be aesthetically, conceptually, or even intellectually thrilling. Physical thrills are by far the easiest to achieve - any amusement park can do it. That’s part of why Disney has come to rely more and more on physical thrills as their design abilities have precipitously declined.

Vinnie Mac10 hours ago

To be fair, rotation and airtime are different types of forces. I can handle both but I can definitely handle airtime better.

Jacob Marley10 hours ago

You're not alone. I don't understand it but I'm the same way. Have ridden many coasters many times without the least bit of nausea. Yet if I'm riding on a spinning ride or a real curvy road, I'm in trouble. 🤢 Logically if I enjoy coasters I should at least be able to handle curvy roads. But yet...

MagicHappens197111 hours ago

To me the different songs also offer a huge re-rideability factor. I’ve only heard I Ran & Conga so far and definitely want to hear all 6 songs

Centauri Space Station11 hours ago

You said many will never ride or it’s a 1 and done? Doesn’t seem like it and that’s not even .005% of the tweets

HauntedPirate11 hours ago

So your rebuke that many won't ride due to motion sickness concerns is... 5 tweets?

RSoxNo112 hours ago

Looks like the pre-show may be matching actual ride capacity. Both are efficient, but at least on opening day they were sending through empty cars because they weren't able to stack people at load / unload as efficiently. This is a good problem to have, and a far cry from the operational issues in the other direction.

solidyne12 hours ago

When you (and others) say look forward, do you mean in the direction the car is facing or in the direction the car is moving down the track?