Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Opening Date Announced

by | Apr 5, 2022 | EPCOT, WDW Blog, WDW News

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will open in EPCOT this spring. Here’s when to make your park reservation.

Pack your Walkman (more likely than your owning a Zune) and start counting down the days. It’s almost time to climb aboard a Marvel ride at Walt Disney World!

Disney Parks announced this week that May 27, 2022 will mark the grand opening of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT.

Disney also confirmed there be no standby line when Guardians of the Galaxy opens on May 27. Guests will need to join a virtual queue via My Disney Experience to ride.

This virtual queue will be similar to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure or Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

 

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Zach Ridley has shared regular updates over at Disney Parks Blog. In September of 2021, he gave us a quick glimpse at construction on the attraction. In the image below, you’ll see Disney Imagineers Tom Fitzgerald (left) and Scot Drake inside the in-progress Galaxarium.

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Tom Fitzgerald and Scot Drake in the Galaxarium. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

According to Riddley, the Galaxarium is part of the Wonders of Xandar pavilion and will feature “a planetarium-type presentation.” Here, you’ll learn all about the race that Rocket Raccoon said is “always trying to get from something stupid to nothing at all.” Friendly reminder that Rocket’s a bit gruff.

Guardians of the Galaxy: What to Expect

Disney released the above video to tease fans ahead of the opening date at EPCOT, along with a bit of story to get you hyped:

“…people from the planet Xandar are coming to Earth and creating the first “other-world” showcase at EPCOT – the Wonders of Xandar pavilion. We know we’ll learn more about their technology and culture as we move through the pavilion, and discover how our two worlds are similar in so many ways.”

Orlando Weekly reported that the $450 million coaster will be one of the largest enclosed coasters in the world. Maybe the galaxy!

Imagine an EPCOT where this ride anchors the Northeast corner of the park, bringing new traffic across the soon-to-open Play Pavilion, Mission: Space, and Test Track areas.

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Tells a Story

One of the most exciting parts of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind? What Zach and Disney are calling a “storycoaster.”

According to Zach, the GotG storycoaster “rotates 360 degrees so you’re always focused on all the action as you help the Guardians save the galaxy.” This cool approach is what former EPCOT Vice President Melissa Valiquette hinted at when the ride was announced way back in 2017.

This will also be the first roller coaster in Disney history with a reverse launch function. And as a nice cherry on top, it’ll be one of the longest enclosed coasters ever built in this galaxy or any other.

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How the coaster building looks under construction. Photo courtesy of Danny Shuster

Sounds exciting, right? You can also get a sneak peek at the building that’ll house the storycoaster. WDW Magazine co-owners Stephanie and Danny Shuster took a tour of the coaster building this week, enjoying what they dubbed an out-of-this-world experience.

Grab your Groot, because you can count on more cool details to come about Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind as we get closer to its launch at EPCOT on May 27, 2022.

How to Ride Guardians of the Galaxy On Opening Day

Want to be there on opening day for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind?

It’s fun to be a part of history, but note that EPCOT will experience high crowds that day due to the ride opening. With a bit of planning, you may be able to be a park of the excitement in the park that day, or even get a seat on the ride.

  1. Make sure you have an EPCOT reservation
  2. Get to the park early. Even if you don’t get a reservation for the ride, parking and transportation will be harder to navigate on this day.
  3. This right is likely to become a Lightning Lane Individual Attraction. Check our Lightning Lane primer to see how to get your seat.
  4. Need to plan your vacation? Contact our friends at Destinations to Travel

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Written by Kyle Johnson

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Kyle Johnson is a writer, enthusiast of all things weird, and has an unnatural obsession with Halloween. We’re talking animatronics staying up all year round and watching The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad on a whim in April. He has a cool wiener dog, Rumours, and an even cooler wife, Trinity.
Kyle Johnson

Written by Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is a writer, enthusiast of all things weird, and has an unnatural obsession with Halloween. We’re talking animatronics staying up all year round and watching The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad on a whim in April. He has a cool wiener dog, Rumours, and an even cooler wife, Trinity.