EPCOT Roller Coaster Is Upgraded With a Bang

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The Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster has been the talk of the town lately in the Walt Disney World Resort and EPCOT communities, primarily because it is one of the Disney Park’s newest additions.

Even though this Marvel Studios movie-inspired roller coaster might be a bit more barebones than Disney Guests would like (as shown during this embarrassing ride malfunction), the Cosmic Rewind roller coaster still features the popular Marvel characters known as the Guardians of the Galaxy as well as some high-octane and fast-paced roller coaster experiences, so the ride has remained popular.

Dave Bautista Experiences Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Dave Bautista, one of the stars of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, experiences the all-new family thrill coaster, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kent Philips, photographer) Credit:

This popularity has held strong even as Marvel fans and EPCOT Guests have reported feeling intense nausea after riding the new Disney ride, so the roller coaster’s reputation remains “marvelous” — and now the Cosmic Rewind roller coaster has just gotten an upgrade to up the ante and increase the roller coaster’s intensity for EPCOT Guests!

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Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind roller coaster poster. This roller coaster takes place in the Wonders of Xandar Pavilion and involves both the Guardians of the Galaxy as well as Nova Corps. 

As with many roller coasters, there are already plenty of flashing lights and loud noises on this intergalactic ride through time (which also involves Nova Corps) — but now the Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova Corps ride has an extra addition during its Big Bang scene!

According to journalist Scott Gustin, “if you ride Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT, you might notice a new bright flash on screen during the Big Bang moment.”

“The effect enhances the “bang” moment and forces your eyes adjust to the light, making the room seem darker during the backwards launch,” the journalist wrote in the Tweet shown below.

Since Walt Disney Imagineering and the Walt Disney Imagineers that make up said department are usually hard at work making new Disney experiences for Guests that are chock-full of details — including optical illusions and small touches that increase the quality of experiences — this addition to the “Big Bang” in Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is not particularly surprising.


Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, Vin Diesel as Groot, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, and Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies from Marvel Studios. Credit: Marvel

It may be a bit jarring for some Guests, though — so now if you’re a repeat visitor who notices other passengers as they question that unnamed difference in the sequence, you can be the one to tell them why!

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About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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