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Rave Reviews for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Ahead of Opening

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by Joe Tracy, editor of Theme Park Magazine

Disney’s new “story coaster,” Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, is garnishing rave reviews ahead of its opening in EPCOT at Walt Disney World on May 27, 2022. Many media, annual pass holders, D23 members, cast members, social media influencers, and others have already blasted off on the coaster in soft-opening invitation-only previews.

What is a Story Coaster?

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a family thrill ride that many call a “story coaster.” What is a story coaster? It is a roller coaster ride that tells a story. It may get a lot of help from the queue, but the meat of the story takes place on the ride. Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios (Hollywood and Orlando) is a good example of a coaster that also tells a story.

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Story

The story for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind happens before you even enter the building. That’s because the story goes that the building was purposely built at EPCOT in a cooperative effort between Xandar and Earth. The building, Wonders of Xandar, houses many exhibits that educate guests on Xandar, including what makes them similar and different to humans on Earth.

Here’s how Disney Wiki describes the story:

“Looking for a place to establish a peaceful connection to Earth, and at the suggestion of nostalgic Epcot fan Peter Quill, the planet Xandar and its Nova Corps have decided to establish Epcot’s first “Other-World Showcase” Pavilion. For their presentation, they have decided to focus on deep space travel, with an elaborate planetarium called the “Galaxarium” serving as a way to give guests a look at the formation of the universe as well as offering a hyperjump visit to Xandar. However, our field trip to Xandar is interrupted when the Celestial Eson, AKA, The Searcher, comes to Earth to reset reality, resulting in the Guardians of the Galaxy coming in to try and defeat him. In the chaos, guests are sent back in time to witness the Big Bang.”

See Explore More (Videos) further below for a video of the complete pre-show.

Early Reviews of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Those lucky enough to get advanced rides on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind give the coaster high praise. From the queue through the end of the ride, guests seem impressed with the overall experience.

On Twitter, MickeyBlog.com says, “This was AMAZING! There is not really any other way to put it! We are nearly at a loss of words and cannot wait for more guests to get to experience it!”

The Main Street Mouse adds, “So finally getting to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and all we can say is WOW!! Great job to all the Disney Imagineering and the entire Guardians crew for bringing this attraction to life!!”

ScottFaisFun on Twitter states, “What a fantastic can’t miss attraction that has reset the bar of what artistry and engineering can accomplish. No spoilers, just praise!”

According to Laughing Place:

“This experience is almost indescribable. This attraction moves in a way that no attraction ever has. The ride vehicle turns to show off various scenes, but it never stops moving. Imagine going through a roller coaster sideways, and then backwards, and then sideways again. You are constantly turning and going up and down hills and whipping around corner. It’s truly a unique and wild ride.”

In an article titled, “Why Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at Disney World is my new favorite theme park attraction,” Madison Blancaflor of The Points Guy says:

“…when I say that Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind truly is an immersive experience, I mean it. The queue, pre-ride experience and the coaster itself all make you feel like you’re in space with the Nova Corps and the Guardians. And on top of that, it’s just a freaking good time.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Music

One thing that makes Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind a coaster to ride over and over is that there are six different soundtracks, and you don’t know which of those six songs you’ll get on your ride. The six songs are:

  • “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire
  • “Disco Inferno” by the Trammps
  • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears
  • “One Way or Another” by Blondie
  • “I Ran (So Far Away)” by A Flock of Seagulls
  • “Conga” by Gloria Estefan

The Rare Nauseous Factor

Because Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a “spinning” coaster, some people may experience some nauseous. A reporter for the Disney Food Blog went on the ride and enjoyed it, but had some motion issues:

“Our reporter who attended the event said they normally don’t have motion sickness on rides, but the combination of the dark, the mild spinning, and the feeling of their eyes trying to figure out where to look, made it nausea-inducing for them.”

Others who say they are prone to motion sickness reported that they didn’t have any problems.

Other Things to Note

  • There are no animatronics on the ride. It is mainly elaborate and surgically-timed projections.
  • After an initial story element, the coaster starts with a backward launch, which some call “the most thrilling part,” especially for those in the last coaster car.
  • The coaster is known as an “omnicoaster” because the seats can rotate 360 degrees.
  • Those who have ridden the coaster describe it as “very smooth.”
  • AllEars.net recommends that people watch the Eternals movie before riding to get the most from the story.

Explore More (Videos)

Full Pre-Show of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Laughing Place Reaction of Entire Experience

Explore More (Resources)

Feature image courtesy of Disney (photo ©MARVEL and Disney)

About Joe Tracy

Joe Tracy is the founder and editor of Theme Park Magazine, launched on June 1, 2021. Like many others, his passion for theme parks and themed experiences started in childhood and never faded. Joe has over two decades of experience in the print and online publishing industry.

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