2021 is gearing up the be the year of epic ride reveals, with the construction of Epcot’s new Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster being one of the most anticipated.
Legal red tape can't keep us down! Despite Disney World in Florida being unable to create parks or rides based on specific Marvel characters, or even the brand name itself due to a previous licensing deal with Marvel before it was owned by Disney, other characters are still on the table. Sorry, Spider-Man, Hulk, and X-men fans.
Epcot debuted in 1982, far beyond the periphery of '90s kids' memories. Being the second oldest of the four Disney parks in Orlando, it has needed a bit of a pick-me-up for quite some time. With the expansion of its two themed pavilions, Future World and World Showcase, the addition of a Guardians of the Galaxy coaster is a welcome treat.
For thrill-seekers and casual riders alike, the reveal of Disney’s first-ever reverse-launching coaster is hair-raising. On top of that, it will also be one of the world’s longest enclosed rides.
The ride, officially titled Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, will be a family-friendly attraction featuring a story-telling coaster never seen before, which will rotate to focus on wherever the action is. Guests will begin by boarding a Nova ship on a trip to the planet Xandar. Adventure — and chaos — ensues when the Guardians show up.
Located in Epcot’s Future World, the track installation has already begun. The former Universe of Energy pavilion has since been demolished and in its place, erected a steel barn to house construction vehicles during the process. The ride will open in 2021, in time for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary.