Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will open in 2022, Walt Disney Imagineering's Zach Riddley announced this morning.
As part of its "The World's Most Magical Celebration" press event yesterday afternoon, the Walt Disney World Resort allowed invited reporters into the building for the under-construction Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster in Epcot's World Discovery land. Imagineers also showed scenes from inside the ride during an online press conference this morning.
The former Universe of Energy pavilion provides just the entrance to the sprawling show building behind it - the home to Epcot's first "other-world" showcase pavilion, in Disney's description.
If you've ever seen an indoor coaster such as Space Mountain or Revenge of the Mummy with the lights on, you've got an idea of what it looks like inside the Guardians coaster building. Just expand what you've seen to galactic scale. This is going to be a big one.
The building includes not just coaster track, but also projection domes and practical props, including an alien world. Here is the announcement from this morning's video press event, including some looks at the new lighting effects on Spaceship Earth, which are featured in the new Beacon of Magic moment on Epcot's icon.
And here is the latest description of the attraction, from Disney's 50th anniversary event press release.
"The family-friendly adventure starts in the Galaxarium, a planetarium-like exhibition that explores the similarities and mysteries of the formation of Earth’s galaxy and Xandar. Guests will learn more about the treasures Xandar has to share – until the moment when the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive, and guests go on an intergalactic chase through space and time. The attraction will feature a new innovation from Walt Disney Imagineering – a storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus guests on the action, including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster."
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