The much-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride officially opened its doors to the public on May 27, 2022. This thrilling new addition is located in the heart of Epcot’s World Discovery section, marking a significant milestone as the park’s first roller coaster.
The Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride in Disney World officially opened to the public on May 27, 2022. This new attraction is located in the World Discovery section of Epcot and is the park’s first roller coaster.
The Ride’s Unique Features
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is not your average roller coaster. It boasts several unique features that set it apart from other attractions:
- Reverse Launch: This is Disney’s first-ever reverse-launch roller coaster, which means guests are launched backward at the start of their journey.
- Rotating Ride Vehicle: The ride vehicles, known as “Starjumpers,” are designed to rotate 360 degrees while moving along the track, providing guests with a more immersive storytelling experience.
- Omnicoaster Technology: This innovative roller coaster technology combines elements of a traditional roller coaster with an omnimover system, similar to the Haunted Mansion attraction at Magic Kingdom.
- Fully Enclosed Coaster: Cosmic Rewind is among the world’s largest fully enclosed roller coasters.
- Unique Soundtrack: Each ride features one of six different 70s or 80s hit songs, handpicked by Walt Disney Imagineering for the Awesome Mix of the attraction.
- Exclusive Marvel-themed Ride: This is the first and only Marvel-themed ride at Walt Disney World due to licensing agreements.
Accessibility and Ride Requirements
The Guardians of the Galaxy ride is designed to be inclusive, with considerations for guests of different ages and abilities. The ride has a height requirement of 42 inches (107 cm), approximately the average height of a 6-year-old child. While there is no specific age restriction, it’s recommended that children aged 8 and up experience this attraction due to its rotating, intensity, speed, and darkness.
For guests who may not meet the height requirement or wish not to ride, Disney offers a Rider Swap program. This allows one adult to wait with the non-riding guests while the rest of the party enjoys the ride. Then, they can switch places to allow the waiting adult to ride without having to wait in line again.
Special Merchandise and Food Offerings
To commemorate the opening of this exciting new ride, Disney offers special merchandise and food and beverage offerings. The Treasures of Xandar gift shop features exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind merchandise, including clothing, accessories, home goods, collectibles, and toys.
For food and beverage, themed offerings were available at Liberty Inn and Fife & Drum during the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Live event at Epcot. Although these offerings were event-specific, guests can look forward to similar themed treats in the future.
The Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride marks a new era for Epcot and Disney World, offering guests an immersive Marvel-themed adventure unlike any other. With its unique features and inclusive design, this ride is set to be a favorite among guests of all ages. So, next time you’re at Disney World, be sure to make a beeline for Epcot’s World Discovery section and experience this thrilling ride for yourself!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the wait time typically for the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride?
Wait times can vary significantly depending on the time of day and season. However, as a new and popular attraction, you should be prepared for potentially long wait times, especially during peak hours and holiday seasons.
Can I use FastPass+ for the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride?
As of now, Disney has replaced the FastPass+ system with the Disney Genie+ service and the individual Lightning Lane selections. You can check the availability of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride within these new services on the day of your visit.
Is the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride suitable for people with motion sickness?
The ride does include rotating movements and sudden drops, which may cause discomfort to guests prone to motion sickness. It is recommended to consider your tolerance level before deciding to ride.
Are there any photo opportunities during the ride?
Yes, like many other Disney rides, there is an on-ride photo opportunity on the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride. Don’t forget to smile for the camera!
What are the operating hours of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride?
The operating hours of the ride typically align with Epcot’s operating hours, which can vary. It’s best to check the official Disney World website or app for the most accurate and up-to-date information.