Who’s ready to ride Epcot’s first roller coaster ever?
Since Cosmic Rewind is so new, there’s a lot you might not know and want to learn about the ride.
Here we answer frequently asked questions about the new ride, including it’s opening date, where it is, what it is, if it has a virtual queue, and more important details.
Is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind open?
No, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is not open. But! Cosmic Rewind officially opens on May 27, 2022 over Memorial Day weekend.
What is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind replacing?
You can find Cosmic Rewind where Ellen’s Energy Adventure used to be in what is now the defunct Universe of Energy pavilion.
Where is the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride?
The new Guardians of the Galaxy ride is located in Epcot’s World Discovery neighborhood, which is part of the former Future World.
As previously described by Disney, this neighborhood is where “stories about science, technology, and intergalactic adventure come to life.”
Cosmic Rewind is housed in the “Wonders of Xandar pavilion,” which is named in honor of the Xandarians from Guardians of Galaxy and their advanced technologies, which they’re bringing to Terra, aka Earth.
You can also find Mission: SPACE, Test Track, and Space 220 in this neighborhood.
What is the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride?
The new Guardians of the Galaxy ride is an indoor roller coaster themed after Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
The roller coaster features the first-ever reverse launch for a Disney coaster and is one of the longest enclosed coasters in the world.
If that isn’t enough, the ride vehicles rotate 360 degrees!
As for the indoor queue, this is where the experience begins. You enter the “Galaxarium,” a planetarium-like exhibition showcasing the connections between Xandar and Earth.
The Galaxarium’s full viewing experience is over 30 minutes long and shows Xandar, Earth, the Andromeda, Milky Way Galaxies, and Star-Lord’s iconic Awesome Mix Vol. 1.
Eventually you are called upon to help the Guardians of the Galaxy (Rocket, Groot, Gamora, and Star-Lord) on an urgent mission where you rewind, rotate, and head towards the action through an exciting space pursuit.
The attraction also sees Glenn Close reprise her Guardians of the Galaxy role as Nova Prime. There’s even a Nova Corps Starblaster on display outside the ride’s building.
When you exit the ride, you’ll find a gift shop nearby called “Treasures of Xandar,” which is operated by The Broker.
Here you can find Xandar-inspired merchandise, along with other Guardians of the Galaxy items.
What is an Omnicoaster?
Ominicoaster is a new term crafted by Disney, which combines 2 words and mashes them together: Omnimover and roller coaster.
Avid Disney park visitors know Omnimover rides very well, including Haunted Mansion, PeopleMover, Journey of the Little Mermaid, to name a few.
Attractions with an Omnimover system have continuously-moving ride vehicles with the ability to swivel 360 degrees so ride goers are pointed towards most of the action.
Enter Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, which features “a first-of-its-kind programmable Omnicoaster ride system, where guests can be rotated along the ride track towards the action.”
To be clear, as confirmed by Entertainment Weekly in December 2021, the ride vehicles spin in “a controlled turn versus free-spinning motion — toward the action Imagineers want you to see, while the coaster track travels in another direction.”
How tall do you have to be to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind?
The height requirement for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is 42 inches.
Does Cosmic Rewind go upside down?
While this coaster does have a reverse-launch with ride vehicles that rotate 360 degrees, Cosmic Rewind does not go upside down.
As Ashley Levine, senior product controls at Walt Disney Imagineering, noted in October 2021 (via USA Today), “We believe it will be a bit more thrilling than Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, but not quite as adrenaline-inducing as Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. It will be a smooth and enjoyable experience.”
How fast is Cosmic Rewind?
Disney hasn’t stated how fast Cosmic Rewind goes — or the speed of that reverse-launch.
But, what we do know is that the ride gives guests the chance to enjoy “[slower] speeds to take it all in, along with high-speed coaster experiences,” senior Imagineer Wyatt Winter told Entertainment Weekly in December 2021.
Is Cosmic Rewind for kids?
Cosmic Rewind is described as a “family-thrill attraction.”
That said, the ride probably won’t be for all kids. Between the reverse launch, darker moments, being a roller coaster, and spinning ride vehicles, some kids could be scared of the ride.
Feel free to check also out our list of some other things that might scare little ones at Walt Disney World.
Does Cosmic Rewind make you sick?
Whether Cosmic Rewind makes you sick or not really depends on the person and what they can handle thrill-wise.
The reverse-launch, the use of screens, and the controlled 360-degree spin of ride vehicles, it seems pretty likely motion sickness could happen.
That said, one of our team members rode Cosmic Rewind during Annual Passholder previews and felt the attraction was completely smooth.
She also isn’t prone to motion sickness, so, again, it will depend on the individual.
We have a guide on motion sickness that’s filled with information and tips, so feel free to check that out.
Does Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind have a virtual queue?
Upon opening, Cosmic Rewind will have a virtual queue instead of a Standby Line.
The following is how the virtual queue works for Cosmic Rewind.
Before your trip everyone in your group must make a park reservation for Epcot in order to attempt to get a boarding group via the virtual queue.
There will be two drop times: the first at 7 a.m. (you will be able to join the virtual queue from anywhere as long as you have a valid park reservation) and the second at 1 p.m. (you must be inside the park before 1 p.m. in order to join).
If you’re lucky enough to score a virtual queue position, when your boarding group is called you’ll have 1 hour to make your way to the ride and then get in line.
Your tickets or MagicBand will have to be scanned in order to ride.
Important note about park hopping: Park hoppers cannot try to join the virtual queue at 1 p.m. You must have an original park reservation for Epcot and be inside the park in order to try for the 1 p.m. time slot. Since park hopping at Disney World doesn’t begin until 2 p.m., park hoppers aren’t eligible.
Can you book an Individual Lightning Lane for Cosmic Rewind?
In addition to a virtual queue, you’ll also be able to book an Individual Lightning Lane for Cosmic Rewind.
If you are unable to score a boarding group via the virtual queue, you can always try to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane Selection.
Keep in mind that the virtual queue system is completely separate from Individual Lightning Lanes, meaning if you can book both, you could end up riding Cosmic Rewind twice.
Tip: If you are traveling with at least 2 people with their own My Disney Experience accounts and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a “must do” for you, split up the duties and have 1 person try for the Virtual Queue right at 7 a.m. while the other one tries to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane selection.
At this time, we don’t know the pay-per-ride price. Seeing as Cosmic Rewind is brand new and will be very popular, we anticipate pricing to be around the same as Rise of the Resistance ($15 per person).
Does Cosmic Rewind have Single Rider?
At this time, it doesn’t appear Single Rider line will be available for Cosmic Rewind.
Currently, the only attractions at Disney World with Single Rider are:
- Test Track – Epcot
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Hollywood Studios
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – Hollywood Studios
- Expedition Everest – Animal Kingdom
Is Rider Switch available with Cosmic Rewind?
Rider Switch is available with Cosmic Rewind.
If you don’t know, Rider Switch (or as some refer to it “Child Swap” or “Rider Swap”) is Disney’s system that allows people with small children to take turns riding the bigger rides while the other person/people wait with the child.
Are there special previews for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind?
Usually with the opening of new rides at Disney, the parks hold special previews for certain guests to give them the chance to experience the attraction before opening to everyone else.
There are special Cosmic Rewind previews for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and D23 Gold Members allowing them to ride the coaster before it opens to the public on May 27.
The following details were previously announced for D23 Gold Members:
The D23 Gold Member preview for Cosmic Rewind is May 15.
There is a price (tickets are required), because the preview is more than just riding the attraction.
Tickets cost $35 per person, plus a $5 processing fee (for a total of $40 per person). Tickets went on sale on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. They are now sold out.
D23 Gold Members were able to purchase up to 2 tickets. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card and tickets may not be admitted to the event.
This is what the preview includes:
- Parking and park admission with park reservation to Epcot after 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2022
- $20 dining card to for the Flower and Garden Festival (or other dining location of your choice)
- Reserved viewing for Harmonious
- Exclusive entry to preview of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
Important: Check-in will be open from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., with park admission beginning at 4 p.m. D23 Gold Members are able to explore the park until the reserved viewing area for Harmonious opens at 8 p.m. for the 9 p.m. show. The evening concludes with an opportunity to preview Cosmic Rewind, receiving a commemorative gift upon departure.
On April 14, Disney also opened up Cosmic Rewind previews to Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Members.
Both DVC and Passholder previews are sold out.
These are the preview dates for Passholders and DVC Members:
Preview dates for Golden Oak Members is unclear at this time. Only members can log in to see the available dates, which we are not.
Important for Passholders and DVC Members who scored a preview registration spot: Separate Disney Parks Pass reservations are not required to enter EPCOT on the day of your preview, but valid theme park admission is needed. Blockout dates do apply.
We’ll update this article whenever new information becomes available. Have any other questions about Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind? Ask away in the comments!
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