Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Guide & FAQ

On July 15th, 2017 at the D23 Expo, Disney announced the Guardians of the Galaxy would be coming to Epcot. It took a few more months for everyone to find out exactly where they would take over, but we soon found out it would be the vacancy left by Ellen’s Energy Adventure. This is part of the renovation of Epcot for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration. The multi year transformation of Epcot will be done in time for the 2021 celebration. Which is also the anticipated opening date for Guardians of the Galaxy!

What is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind?

The GotG ride is a “storytelling” roller coaster. This will feature spinning cars and the first reverse launch coaster at Walt Disney World. It will also be an “OmniCoaster” ride system that will point the riders in towards the view that Disney wants them to see (like Rise of the Resistance or a much more complex Haunted Mansion).

No details have been released on what the theme of the ride will be other than Guardians of the Galaxy. Based off of other rides that have come to Disney lately that were themed around movies, it will likely be some sort of escape chase.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Cars Revealed
Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration | Guardians of the Galaxy 2021

When does Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind open?

There is not an official opening yet for the ride but Disney has said it will open in 2021 in time for the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary celebration. If we had to guess based on the construction so far, we would say it will open around early to mid-year 2021!

Walt Disney World's Epcot Park | World Discovery, World Celebration, World Nature, World Showcase Locations
GotG: Cosmic Rewind will be located on the left side of the park in World Discovery

Where is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind?

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is located in the current Future World and Future World Discovery neighborhood at Epcot at Walt Disney World in Florida. This is the old Universe of Energy Pavilion that housed Ellen’s Energy Adventure. In addition to that building, Disney has built a massive gravity building that will house the bulk of the track ride. The World Discovery will also house Test Track, Mission: SPACE, the new Space 220 restaurant, and the PLAY! Pavilion.

Can I get a Fastpass+ for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind?

This is a tricky question to answer because we really don’t know yet! If they follow the path of Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios and Rise of the Resistance, it will be a virtual queue system utilizing boarding groups. If they choose to open it like Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railroad, it will be a Fastpass+ and standby option on day 1. We will keep this updated as we hear more news, but our guess here at Mitten to Magic is that it will be a boarding group virtual queue system.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind | Concept Art
Concept art for GotG: Cosmic Rewind

How fast is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind?

Another question that we don’t have an answer to just yet. If we had to guess, it will be somewhere between Rise of the Resistance and Test Track as far as speed goes. It definitely won’t be as fast as Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith if the ride will have a thematic story line.

Epcot Redesign Concept Art | GotG: Cosmic Rewind is located to the left of the Epcot ball

Is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Scary?

GotG: Cosmic Rewind is listed as a family-friendly ride with some thrills. If we had to guess without riding it, it will be thrilling with movement, video, animatronics, and sounds incorporated into the experience. With it being the first reverse launch coaster at Disney, we also anticipate it to be medium to high thrill in regards to body experience.

Aerial shot of progress on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind from 2/13/2020
Progress photos on GotG: Cosmic Rewind from February 13th, 2020 | Credit: ZiggyKnowsDisney

How long is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind?

So far no details have been released on the length of time or an exact distance on GotG: Cosmic Rewind. All we know so far is that it will be one of the longest indoor tracks in the world. Space Mountain is 3,196 ft long and the longest indoor coaster in the world is Mindbender at the Edmonton Mall at 4,198 ft long. My guess would be somewhere near the higher end and we could possibly see it a little longer than Mindbender.

Concept art for the coaster cars on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Ride Vehicles | Concept Art

Is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind worth the wait?

Based off of our experience on Rise of the Resistance at Galaxy’s Edge, anything Disney touches with new technology is going to be worth it. Now, if you’re asking if its worth the long wait times at the park, that’s your judgement of your time. Personally I don’t wait for anything longer than ~90 minutes for anything. I broke that rule to ride Expedition: Everest at Animal Kingdom this past February and 100% wish I had moved on to ride something else! But it is definitely your call!

Your Thoughts?

Are you excited for the Guardians of the Galaxy to come to Epcot? The Disney purists of the world generally say no because it is not what the park was meant to be. I disagree because Walt was always one to say that the beauty of Disney World is that it is ever changing and never complete. Let us know in the comments below if you’re excited or not! We want to hear from you!

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Mitchell Tomczak

Mitchell Tomczak

I'm 26 years old and I've been to Disney over 10 times in my life. 3 of those have been as an adult and twice with Megan! I love learning about the mystery behind the magic, Walt's life, and what's coming to Disney down the line! If I can share that with you, I'm doing my job!

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