The new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind attraction officially opens for launch at EPCOT on May 27, 2022. Our team members at My VIP Tour took the opportunity to go on an intergalactic quest to save the galaxy during the Annual Pass holder’s Advance Preview Event. And we can’t wait to share our experience with our families!
To find the new attraction at EPCOT, head over to the World Discovery neighborhood, where you can find other popular attractions such as Mission: SPACE and Test Track.
Guardians of the Galaxy Queue – Source: David Roark, photographer
Our Experience on the Ride
🚨 Spoiler Alert! If you like surprises, skip to “Request to Join the Virtual Queue”
Described as an “omnicoaster,” the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride is one of the world’s largest fully-enclosed coasters and will offer a ton more firsts from Walt Disney Imagineering. The innovations include being the first reverse launch coaster on a Disney ride, plus guests will board 360-degree rotating vehicles for the intergalactic adventure.
Upon arriving inside the building, the queue line winds up around the Galaxarium, which also features an incredible projection show showcasing the intergalactic wonders that connect Terra (Earth) and Xandar, the planet the Guardians of the Galaxy help save in the first film.
Of course, we see the legendary cosmic outlaws during the pre-show – Rocket, Groot, Drax, Gamora, and Star-Lord (a.k.a. Peter Quill). We also get a few words from Nova Prime herself, played by Glenn Close. And the newest face to enter the Guardians of the Galaxy universe is actor Terry Crew. We loved seeing him play his new role as Centurion Tal Marik, the Commander of the Starcharter and close advisor to Nova Prime.
Aboard the Starblaster, Terrans (all riders who inhabit the planet Earth) will blast off to a fantastic musical score featuring songs from the first two films. We could best describe this ride as if Rocket Roller Coaster and Space Mountain had a baby. The steel tracks felt super smooth during our ride, making us feel like we were floating in outer space. There are no significant drops, but the reverse launch and few dips and spirals can be dizzying for some. Although, our team is happy to report that we felt more of a rush of energy during our preview and loved every moment of the ride. There are many fantastic rides and attractions in Disney World, but we’re confident this will be a new fan favorite for thrill-seekers!
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Note: This dark thrill story coaster is for 42in (107cm) or taller guests if you are a family with children.
Request to Join the Virtual Queue
“It’s almost save the galaxy time,” and we can’t wait for our families to experience this incredible new attraction, which will open with a virtual queue. Disney announced, “Guests need to use the My Disney Experience app to enter the attraction. A standby queue will not be available. Each guest can enter the virtual queue no more than once per day.” Families will also have the opportunity to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane entry to the attraction.
How to enter the virtual queue
Beginning at 7 a.m. on the day of your park reservation, with a valid ticket or pass and a Disney Park Pass Reservation for EPCOT, you can check for an available boarding group via the My Disney Experience app* and request access to the virtual queue. Guests with an EPCOT reservation can make virtual queue requests before heading to the park in the morning. If you are with one of our expert VIP guides, they can assist with requesting access to the virtual queue.
At 1 p.m., there will be another opportunity to join the virtual queue for anyone who couldn’t join a boarding group earlier in the day. Remember that everyone must be inside EPCOT to access this second virtual queue opportunity.
To give as many guests as possible the chance to save the galaxy, each person can enter the virtual queue no more than once per day during regular park hours. Please note: joining the virtual queue does not guarantee the ability to experience Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
Virtual queue during extended evening hours
Families staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort, Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, or other select hotels will have an additional opportunity to join the virtual queue at 6 p.m. on select dates during extended evening theme park hours. Guests with this benefit do not need to be in EPCOT to request to join at that time.
Guests will need a valid admission and a theme park reservation for the same park on the same day to experience extended evening hours. Or guests may experience extended evening hours if they have a ticket or annual pass with the Park Hopper option and first enter the park where they made their reservation.
How to purchase individual Lightning Lane entry
Families with valid park admission and a park reservation can purchase individual Lightning Lane entry in the My Disney Experience app* via the Disney Genie service on the same day of their visit, subject to availability.
Virtual queue and individual Lightning Lane entry are only accessible via the My Disney Experience app.
If you have questions or need assistance registering for the virtual queue or purchasing an individual Lightning Lane entry, our knowledgeable team at My VIP Tour is available to help!
If Guardian of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and EPCOT are on the top of your list, our team at My VIP Tour is here to offer the ultimate Disney concierge service to assist with your upcoming vacation.