The Complete Guide to Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

by | Nov 22, 2021 | EPCOT, WDW Blog, WDW News

Scroll on for the definitive guide to the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind coaster coming to EPCOT in summer 2022.

It’s been four years since the 2017 announcement of a new Guardians of the Galaxy ride coming to EPCOT, and as the opening date approaches, Disney is trickling out some tasty info to get our mouths watering.

Wondering what to expect from the new ride? Read on to see what we know so far about Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

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Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

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When Does the Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster Open in EPCOT?

While an exact date has not yet been announced, we do know that the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens in summer 2022 as part of the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary Celebration. Some exciting new details were announced on Nov. 19 at the Destination D23 event by Josh D’Amaro, Experiences and Products Chairman at Disney Parks (side note: what a freaking awesome job!).

Where Is the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Coaster?

You’ll find the new Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster in EPCOT, built on the site of the former Universe of Energy Pavilion. In 2017, Disney permanently closed Ellen’s Energy Adventure to make way for the Guardians coaster.

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The former Universe of Energy Pavilion will be the site of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. Photo courtesy of Danny Shuster

When it reopens, the pavilion will be named the Xandar Pavilion in honor of the planet from the Guardians of the Galaxy film franchise from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Guide: What We Know So Far

There’s a lot still under wraps about the new roller coaster, but there are a few things we do know thanks to several knowledge drops courtesy of Disney.

It’s a “Storycoaster”

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is no ordinary roller coaster. Disney calls it a “storycoaster.” In addition to that, we know that it’ll be one of the longest fully enclosed coasters in the world

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The story starts in the Wonders of Xandar “other world” pavilion in EPCOT, which houses the ride queue. You’ll learn all about the Xandarians’ culture, history, and love for the Guardians of the Galaxy.

And the best part? You’ll see a cameo from none other than Glenn Close as Nova Prime.

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The Wonders of Xandar pavilion will house the ride queue. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

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You’ll learn all about the Xandarians’ culture and history at the Wonder of Xandar pavilion. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

The Ride Vehicles Rotate

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Concept art for the new ride vehicle for EPCOT’s Guardians of the Galaxy attraction. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

We also know that the ride vehicles will rotate 360 degrees so you’re able to be fully immersed in the storyline for what promises to be a memorable ride experience.

It Has a Reverse Launch Function

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be the first roller coaster in Disney history to feature a reverse launch function. Pretty sweet, right?

Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster Facts

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Photo courtesy of Disney

Let’s recap what we know so far. We’ll keep this Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind guide updated as we learn more over the next few months!

How Tall Is the Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster?

Disney has not yet announced a final height for the first hill, but we do know that the building that houses the ride is more than 12 stories high (130 feet tall). We will update this when we learn more.

How Fast Is the Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster?

Disney hasn’t specified how fast Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be, but the ride is rated as having a “High” thrill level, so we can assume it’ll be pretty fast! We’ll update as we learn more.

How Long is the Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster?

Again, Disney is keeping the specifics of the ride length under wraps, but the track is estimated to be approximately 5,000 feet long. We do know that it’ll be one of the world’s longest fully enclosed coasters, though. Once we know more, we’ll update this with the actual information.

What are the Ride Vehicles Like?


The ride vehicles for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind are designed to look like the Milano starship from the movies. The vehicles can each hold four riders, and the train will be made up of five cars. The cars are designed to be able to rotate 360 degrees in order to fully immerse riders in the story.

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to experience this new ride for ourselves in summer 2022! We’ll be sure to update you as we learn more about what we can expect.

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Written by Catherine Hiles

Written by Catherine Hiles

Catherine Hiles is a mom of young kids and therefore an avid Disney+ watcher. While it's her kids who request Disney soundtracks to play in the car, she often finds herself driving solo while belting out "Into the Unknoooooooooooown!" She also enjoys eating and running, although not at the same time.

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