ORLANDO (NEXSTAR) – One of the longest running and most ambitious indoor roller coaster concepts in the world launches at Walt Disney World this month.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, which officially launches May 27, made its media debut at EPCOT last week.
The new attraction spans more than 200,000 square feet, with the main show building stretching longer than an American football field, according to Disney.
“Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is located in the park’s newly rebranded World Discovery district and is EPCOT’s first “other world” window pavilion,” Disney said in a press release.
The “Omnicoaster” features coaster cars that are programmed to rotate as they travel along the track, alerting riders to video screens and other objects within the ride.
The ride begins with a bang – a reverse launch that fires riders up an incline and into a massive show building.
The queue is an attraction in itself
Disney Imagineers continue to come up with creative ways to tell stories while people wait in line. The Wardens’ queue begins with an entry into the Wonders of Xandar.
The best part of the queue takes place in one of the standby rooms, when you’re basically being transported to a spaceship.
Throughout the series, you’ll learn more about this distant planet and the people who live there, along with more background for all that’s to come.
If you’ve visited the Star Wars attraction Rise of the Resistance at Walt Disney World or Disneyland, you know how misdirection and special effects make the Imagineers feel like they’re traveling to a new place.
Disney manages to create another illusion that has guests asking, “How did I get here?”
Marcus Leshoc from WGN-TVk had the opportunity to ride the new rollercoaster earlier this month and answered some frequently asked questions about the attraction:
Q: Is the vehicle comfortable?
A: “The roller coasters are very comfortable and spacious. As with other Disney rides, there is a pocket in the vehicle to store your phone, wallet, sunglasses, and other items that might fall out of your pockets. There’s a single lap bar that comes down to secure you in the ride. There is no seat belt.”
Q: And what about this start?
A: “Shortly after the ride resumes, the cars turn to interact with the video and you end up facing the other way. Then the characteristic reverse start of the ride occurs. how fast is it If you’re a roller coaster enthusiast who’s been on some powerful launch coasters before, this definitely won’t be the fastest launch you’ve ever come across. It doesn’t feel as fast as taking off on the Rock N’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios.”
Q: Tell us about the music!
A: “Each trip has a music track that starts as soon as the car starts. There are six possible songs from their original artists, chosen at random. The music, which starts at the right moment, takes this roller coaster to another level.“
Disney Imagineers tested more than 100 potential songs for the attraction.
Imagineers used a combination of virtual and physical rides to assess which tracks best suited the spirit and movement of the roller coaster, ultimately selecting six songs in their original classic versions:
- “Disco Inferno”
- “Everyone wants to rule the world”
- “I ran”
- “In a way”
Guests don’t know what song they’ll hear every time they drive until they jump into space with the Guardians.
Q: It’s spinning… am I getting sick?
A: “That’s going to be the question that so many people are going to ask themselves … and it’s so difficult to answer. Thrill tolerance is different for everyone. Some people just don’t like to spin, especially spinning in the dark. And this ride is DARK. If you’re someone who really can’t take that kind of movement, especially if you’re a little disoriented by video effects and lack of lighting, this might not be the appeal for you. I’ve ridden the ride twice in a row, and on the second ride, the final moments started to get to my stomach. I rode back a few hours later and was fine. Again, this will be a very subjective situation and will depend on YOUR tolerance for this type of ride. If you can take it, you’re in for a great time.”
Q: How does it compare to other Disney coasters?
“Another great question. I would say Guardians is on a similar level of thrill as Everest and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. It might not be as fast or as high as those two rides, but from a general thrill experience it’s up there. I would say Guardians is more intense than Space Mountain, although the rides share similarities with darkness and stellar environments.”
Q: How tall do I have to be to ride it?
A: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind has a minimum height of 42″.
Q: How can I ride it?
A: “Guardians of the Galaxy will feature a Virtual Boarding Group system when it opens. There will also be an option to purchase a Lightning Lane Pass for the ride. There will be no queue when the ride opens. I expect this ride will be very popular and in demand for quite a while. It’s one of those rides that so many people want to try at least once.“
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens to the public on May 27th. More information can be found here.