FIRST LOOK Inside Guardians of the Galaxy at EPCOT
This morning, Josh D’Amaro Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, presented a keynote session for the IAAPA virtual Expo giving us a sneak peek of the new “Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind” attraction coming to Epcot.
Here’s a first glimpse inside the massive 12 story building with the lights on and no projection screens in place. The track layout is one of the longest indoor coasters in the world consisting of many tight turns and long straightaways that will likely be accented with projection effects — along with ride vehicles that use “groundbreaking” roller coaster technology.
The Omnicoaster is a first- of-its-kind programmable roller coaster ride system, where guests can be rotated along the ride track in any direction while traveling at high speeds. The ride vehicles can move independently at 360 degrees and offer the ability to do a reverse-launch! The flexibility of the vehicle movement will allow guests to focus on certain scenes.
Below is video footage of the new ride vehicles being tested (off-site).
Here’s a closer look at the new high tech ride vehicles that are currently housed at Disney’s warehouse in Florida.
If you look closely at the colorful paint design on the vehicles (called coaches in roller coaster engineering parlance), each one is unique with different wear patterns and impact marks. Imagineers were inspired by markings that appear on NASA Space Shuttles and other spacecraft upon reentry into Earth’s atmosphere.
In the image above, you can see that the trains have been loaded onto the track and begun its “push/pull” testing, where the ride vehicles are manually pulled through the track.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is set to open at EPCOT in 2021, but with delays it’s possible that could change.
The plan is to open it for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, but if it’s bumped into 2022, it could be used to market EPCOT’s 40th Anniversary instead.
For more info and tickets, visit the official Walt Disney World website by clicking here.
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