Walt Disney World’s newest attraction is set to open on May 27th, 2022 and we can’t wait! Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will finally be welcoming Guests THIS MONTH. For those that are traveling down this summer, we have everything you need to know about this new, amazing ride in EPCOT.
Know exactly how you are able to ride it, where you want to sit for the best experience, as well as the overall storyline of the ride. Get ready to blast off with the Guardians as they take over EPCOT.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be found in EPCOT’s new World Discovery. Guests are able to see the new coaster as the iconic ship from the first film Guardians of the Galaxy is out front. The Nova Corps Starblaster greets those coming into the Wonders of Xandar Pavilion in EPCOT.
The adventure begins as Guests are taken on a tour of the Galaxarium which shows the differences between Xandar and Earth’s galaxies. Guests will be learning about the wonders of Xander and the amazing technology that it has.
Of course, as Guests are enjoying the tour, everything goes wrong and they are called to help out the Guardians of the Galaxy on an important mission. Guests join together with Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Gamora, and Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) on this daring mission.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind brings a whole new level of ride experience to Walt Disney World. This family-friend coaster includes the first-ever reverse launch on any Disney coaster. It is also the largest fully-enclosed coaster in the world!
What makes it even more amazing is that a new innovation from the Walt Disney Imagineering team has created what they are referring to as an omnicoaster- it allows the ride vehicles (Starjumpers) to rotate 360 degrees to Guests never miss any of the actions.
Each Starjumper has room for four people each with a safety pull-down bar for each Guest to use individually.
The height requirement for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is 42”. It is advertised as a “family-friendly” coaster that kids, tweens, teens, and adults would enjoy.
That makes Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind’s height requirement less than Rock n’ Roller Coaster, Space Mountain, and Expedition Everest; however, it is higher than Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Slinky Dog Dash.
One of the big concerns with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is if Guests will have issues with motion sickness. With the combination of screens, rotation, and a backward launch, we feel like motion sickness could be an issue.
As Cast Members, Media, and some Annual Passholder have been able to ride already, we have been given some feedback on motion sickness.
Many have reported that they were okay riding it once, but riding it multiple times in a row wasn’t a good choice. Most of us won’t have this issue for a while as the popularity of the ride will prevent us from riding more than once a day.
If you are one that has issues with Rock n’ Roller Coaster and Expedition Everest, consider taking some motion sickness medicine beforehand. Also, if you do have motion sickness concerns, consider asking the Cast Member to seat you in row five or six. Being in the middle seems to be slightly better.
Another aspect of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind that we are thrilled about is the soundtrack that Guests will be able to hear while riding.
There are six different tracks that are possible during your ride experience:
“One Way or Another”
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
Guests won’t know which track they will experience until they blast off making it part of the surprise. No matter which on-ride track you get, there are numerous songs that will play as Guests exit.
Disney recently announced that one way that Guests will be able to experience Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind once it opens on May 27th is through a virtual queue. We have seen this used before with both Rise of the Resistance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios as well as with Remy’s Ratotoulie Adventure in EPCOT.
In order to obtain a boarding group, Guests will need go to have a valid Walt Disney World ticket as well as a Disney Park Pass Reservation for EPCOT. If they have both of these, they will use the My Disney Experience app to obtain a boarding group.
Boarding groups are limited each day and are not guaranteed so it will be important to be up and ready to go prior to the 7 am drop time. There will be another drop at 1 pm and for this opportunity, Guests will need to be in EPCOT.
Keep in mind that joining the virtual queue and obtaining a boarding group does not guarantee the ability to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
Individual Lightning Lane
Guests will also be able to purchase individual lighting lane entry through the My Disney Experience app using Disney Genie.
We haven’t heard what the cost of this will be, but we anticipate it will be on the higher end like Rise of the Resistance which is typically around $15/person. We have a post HERE about how to purchase these.
Keep in mind that these will open up at 7 am on the My Disney Experience app and are limited as well.
Extended Evening Hours
The final way, currently, to try to experience Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be during the extending evening hours. These are offered to those Guests staying at a Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort.
Those staying at these Disney Resorts are able to experience EPCOT on select evenings after the Park closes. As part of this experience, Disney has announced that Guests will be able to join a virtual queue at 6 pm and won’t need to be in the Park to do so.
As this is limited to specific Guests, this might be a huge perk of staying at these Disney Resorts.
We can’t wait for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind to open in EPCOT. From the ride itself to the immersive land, it is going to be out of this world.