Disney announces that EPCOT's Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind will open in 2022

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Imagineers inside the Galaxarium
Posted: Thursday September 30, 2021 9:55am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind will open in 2022 at EPCOT, but did not offer a specific timeframe.

Imagineer Zach Riddley said this morning, "Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, will debut in 2022. That’s right, our friends from Xandar will open the first 'other-world' showcase pavilion at EPCOT next year, inviting us on an intergalactic chase through space and time!"

In the picture above, Tom Fitzgerald (left) and Scot Drake (right) gave us a new look inside the Wonders of Xandar pavilion currently under construction. Here you see them in the Galaxarium, which when completed will feature a planetarium-type presentation where the Xandarians show us their world, their people and their advanced technologies.

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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DreamfinderGuy1 day ago

I believe it was confirmed (or at least mentioned by insiders) that there will be no Gringott’s-like full stops, but there will be some slowdowns for scenes.

tommyhawkins1 day ago

There is a lot of unknowns but it's likely at least one show scene occurs before the lunch tunnel, the projection "dome"/helix. Are they stop and talk scenes, throughout exactly like gringotts? Maybe .. maybe not, I guess the point is the trains are directive to get you to look at particular places. I would guess that some parts are more than fly through like Aerosmith but less than full scenes like gringotts.

Giss Neric1 day ago

Interesting. Gringotts has actual show scenes where they stop and watch though and I don't think Cosmic will have that or will they or are you just talking about the coaster part and the rotating vehicles? I feel like it's all effects where you can still see it while speeding through and not necessarily have to stop.

Casper Gutman1 day ago

Yes, but he didn’t snap Xander. They had the power stone and an elite military force, so there was a devastating battle, and then he slaughtered half the population the old fashioned way, as he was doing before getting all the stones - think of Gamora’s world. So presumably, there was no post-snap undoing. And Disney can say the theme park stuff takes place outside of canon, and thus technically it does, but they’re sort of having their cake and eating it too - they went out of their way to bring Batuu into canon in Solo, and Cosmic is directed by the director of every Guardians movie with the full film cast. It’s canon in all but the most technical sense. This isn’t a criticism, by the way, just a conversation. It probably would have been more visually interesting and narratively simple to theme the ride to Knowwhere - then we could get Cosmo the space dog, who is on the Skyway gondola anyway.

egg1 day ago

Yeah I remembered that a minute later. So it doesn’t matter either way.

999th Happy Haunt1 day ago

Pretty sure Disney said somewhere the MCU and the Marvel theme park rides don’t take place in the same timeline. Not a Galaxy’s Edge type situation.

egg1 day ago

Well Xandar is never shown after 2014… We hear that it was “decimated” by Thanos but don’t know the extent of the damage, and the population presumably came back in 2023. So I imagine they pick themselves back up. It’s probably not at all like Alderaan. Nevermind the fact that the theme park stuff isn’t bound to MCU canon. Specifically there was no snap. So presumably Xander is completely fine.

90s1 day ago

Guess it’s a worthy fit for the pavilion that prominently featured dinosaurs then 😉

Casper Gutman1 day ago

I was just reminded that this “other-world showcase” pavilion is dedicated to a civilization that was, canonically, violently destroyed and it’s population massacred. Sort of like if SWL had been based on Alderaan. Seems like some wires got crossed between the studios and the parks.

Casper Gutman1 day ago

I’m bad with measurements - how many of those feet are spent getting to the gravity building?

ToTBellHop1 day ago

Exactly. This one won’t be going 57 mph like RnRC, either. This looks to be a long coaster.

tommyhawkins1 day ago

It has at least two lift hills and at least one launch, and several block sections (from the parts that are visible) It's neither a top hat launch coaster nor a fully dark nothing else happens coaster. A better comparison would be Gringotts which is only 2000ft and one thing I consider a downside of gringotts is it's so short lived, so for me Cosmic Rewind being 6000ft or more is a metric I would consider a good thing not something to be ignored

Epcot82Guy1 day ago

Yes - sadly "longest" track length doesn't really mean as much as we would like it to. For example, Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure and WDW's Space Mountain (either side) have about the same track length. I'm not saying it's not a metric to consider. Rather, as with so many things... it's how you use it.

Giss Neric2 days ago

Mindbender has the traditional chain lift hill so that takes a like half a minute or more of the overall ride experience as opposed to a launch coaster. Unless of course this has tons of mid brakes.