Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind-Cast Preview (52030963400) (cropped).jpg
Entrance to the attraction, with a Xandarian Starblaster ship in the foreground
Epcot
LocationEpcot
Park sectionWorld Discovery
Coordinates28°22′29″N 81°32′52″W / 28.374599°N 81.547877°W / 28.374599; -81.547877
StatusOperating
Soft opening dateMay 5, 2022
Opening dateMay 27, 2022[1]
CostUS$500 million[2]
ReplacedEllen's Energy Adventure (Future World)
General statistics
TypeSteel – Enclosed – Spinning
ManufacturerVekoma
DesignerWalt Disney Imagineering
ModelLSM Coaster
Lift/launch systemLSM launch
Length5,577.4 ft (1,700.0 m)
Speed60 mph (97 km/h)
Site Area200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2)
Inversions0
Duration3:20
Capacity2,000 riders per hour
G-force2
Height restriction42[3] in (107 cm)
Trains6 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.
ThemeGuardians of the Galaxy
Pre-show hostsNova Prime Irani Rael
Centurion Tal Marik
Peter Quill / Star-Lord
Gamora
Drax
Rocket
Groot
Ride hostsPeter Quill / Star-Lord
Gamora
Drax
Rocket
Groot
Individual Lightning Lane available
Must transfer from wheelchair
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at RCDB
Pictures of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at RCDB

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is an enclosed roller coaster at Epcot at Walt Disney World,[4][5][6][7] manufactured by Vekoma.[8] Based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe Guardians of the Galaxy films, the attraction is the first at Walt Disney World to feature characters from the Marvel Universe.[9][10] Opened on May 27, 2022,[1] it is Epcot’s first roller coaster and Disney's first-ever backwards-launched roller coaster; it replaced the Universe of Energy pavilion, which closed on August 13, 2017.[6]

Originally set to open in 2021, the attraction was delayed to summer 2022 as part of Epcot's 40th anniversary celebration, which is part of Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary celebration, since the opening was postponed indefinitely following the closure of the park due to the coronavirus pandemic.[11]

History

The attraction was announced as part of an overall overhaul of Epcot at the 2017 D23 Expo.[5] On August 13, 2017, Ellen's Energy Adventure was closed so that construction could begin on the attraction.[12]

Construction began in late August 2017. The existing Universe of Energy show building was reused and retrofitted for the new attraction; the roller coaster itself is housed in a new, massive show building situated backstage behind the Universe of Energy building and the PLAY! pavilion.[13][14]

At D23 Japan in 2018, it was confirmed that the ride would be one of the world's longest enclosed roller coasters and that the ride would open during Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary, which indicated an opening during late 2021. On May 4, 2018, the Disney Parks Blog released a video stating that 960 truckloads of concrete had been poured for the foundation of the new show building.[4] The first track piece of the ride was installed in November 2018.[15]

The name of the ride, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, was announced on August 25, 2019, at the D23 Expo 2019.[16] Filming for the ride commenced in October 2021.[17] Guardians of the Galaxy film series cast members Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, and Glenn Close reprised their roles from the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, and Irani Rael / Nova Prime, respectively.[18] The first footage from the ride was released in March 2022.[19] Disney Parks, through social media, also revealed on April 25, 2022 that actor Terry Crews would be part of the pre-show experience, playing Centurion Tal Marik, a new character created specifically for the attraction.[20]

Walt Disney World Annual Passholders received an early look at ride beginning on May 8, 2022.[21] Similar to the Avengers Campus attractions, the attraction is inspired but not canonical to the MCU.

On June 23, 2022, Disney announced that Cosmic Rewind would receive a Christmas overlay with a Holiday Mixtape soundtrack, featuring "a mash-up of seasonal jams".[22]

Attraction

The attraction is presented as the Wonders of Xandar Pavilion, the first Other-world Pavilion at Epcot.[23] Much like the pavilions at the World Showcase, it features exhibits and models of the history and culture of the capital of the Nova Empire, Xandar, presented by the Nova Corps as a cultural exchange from them to the people of Terra (the name by which they refer to Earth). At the entrance of the attraction sits a Starblaster ship of the Xandarian Nova Corps on a perch.

Queue

The queue begins in the "Galaxarium", a galaxy-equivalent to a planetarium, where a Xandarian super computer named World Mind, explains how they are learning about the culture of Terrans (as the Xandarians refer to the inhabitants of Earth). The queue continues up a ramp into the gallery that features a projection mapping model of Xandar, along with screens showcasing their culture, noting the similarities of the capital of the Nova Empire with Walt Disney's EPCOT concept. Along the gallery, models of Xandarian ships are also displayed, as well as uniforms of the Nova Corps high-ranking officers and interviews with each member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, especially Peter Quill / Star-Lord, who exclaims his excitement to go back and experience the attractions he visited as a child at EPCOT, unaware that the ones he mentions no longer exist.

Pre-show

At the end of the gallery, Terrans are ushered to the final stop of the Wonders of Xandar Pavilion, hosted by Nova Prime Irani Rael (portrayed by Glenn Close) of the Nova Corps. She explains how the Xandarians travelled through the galaxy to reach Terra to showcase their culture by utilizing a Cosmic Generator, a piece of Xandarian technology that creates "jumpholes" that allowed them to create shortcuts to reach their destination much quicker. As a culmination of the Wonders of Xandar Pavilion, Terrans will be teleported to a Nova ship in space to demonstrate the Cosmic Generator. After Nova Prime's presentation, Centurion Tal Marik (portrayed by Terry Crews) of the Nova Corps, welcomes Terrans and advises the prohibition of communication devices with recording capabilities (i.e. cellphones and smartphones), after which Terrans are ushered to enter the teleportation chamber.

After Terrans have been teleported to the Nova ship, the Cosmic Generator is stolen and the ship loses its power before a demonstration could be presented, prompting Nova Prime to urgently call the Guardians of the Galaxy for help. Peter Quill / Star-Lord (portrayed by Chris Pratt), Gamora (portrayed by Zoe Saldaña), Drax (portrayed by Dave Bautista), Rocket and Groot all appear on screen answering the distress call, only to discover that a Celestial named Eson,[24] seen outside the Nova ship, has stolen the Cosmic Generator. Unhappy with the Terrans, the Celestial uses the Cosmic Generator to send Terra through a jumppoint to erase its existence before entering the jumppoint itself.

Quill urges Centurion Tal Marik to follow Eson while the Guardians rendezvous with the Nova ship to stop the Celestial but is unable to do so due to the lack of power in the ship and needing to send Terrans to evacuation shuttles. However, Rocket suggests he can control the shuttles to have the Terrans follow Eson via jumpholes and rendezvous with them instead, as they are their only way of tracking the Celestial in order to recover the Cosmic Generator. Terrans are then led to the corridors of the loading platforms to board their evacuation shuttles.

Ride experience

Terrans begin making their way out of the Nova ship to enter the jumppoint in their evacuation shuttles. Peter Quill / Star-Lord and Gamora assure they're tracking the shuttles to meet them, while Drax and Rocket dismay the Terrans of the plan. After crossing the jumppoint, the Terrans arrive to Eson's location as it's holding the Cosmic Generator, shortly after which, the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive in their ship as Eson prepares to throw the Cosmic Generator towards Terra, who disregards Quill's music from the Guardians' ship as "noise". The Guardians then blast the Cosmic Generator off the Celestial's hands, fading into complete darkness before the evacuation shuttles are launched backwards in an explosion. It is at this point that the vehicles begin their spinning profiles on their axis to achieve a sensation of "space travel" while the story develops around them with a randomized song selection out of six.

As the evacuation shuttles travel through multiple jumpholes along the way, the Guardians of the Galaxy are fighting Eson around the Terrans as they also cross multiple jumppoints. The Guardians finally lead a fleet of Nova Corp Starblasters to Eson, who manage to contain the Celestial and recover the Cosmic Generator. As the Guardians of the Galaxy travel far from the scene, they lead the Terrans to a final series of jumpholes that takes them to the Milky Way, then around the Moon before sending them back to Terra. As they arrive, Peter Quill welcomes the Terrans to the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Cast

Actors from the Guardians of the Galaxy films reprised their roles for the attraction. However, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, who voice Rocket and Groot, respectively in the films, were not involved in the project. Terry Crews plays a new character created specifically for the attraction.

Music

Like in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, music plays a key role in the attraction. Over a hundred songs were considered by Walt Disney Imagineering for the ride experience, narrowing it down to six randomly-selected featured songs, each fitting the same motion profile of the ride vehicles:[24][25]

Additionally, Tyler Bates, composer of Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, scored over two hours of original music for the ride.[25] An electric guitar cover of the original Universe of Energy attraction's theme song can also be heard before the attraction's backwards launch.

On June 23, 2022, Disney announced that Cosmic Rewind would receive a Christmas overlay with a Holiday Mixtape soundtrack, featuring "a mash-up of seasonal jams".[22]

See also

References

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