Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Ride Review 2022

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a thrilling new family rollercoaster addition to Walt Disney World. This new Guardians of the Galaxy rollercoaster may be my favorite attraction to ride over and over again at the resort. A true must do!

This Marvel themed roller coaster is based on the popular Guardians of the Galaxy movies and is one of the longest enclosed coasters in the world! This new ride will be coming to Epcot along with a brand new themed pavilion.

This much needed E-Ticket addition to EPCOT at Walt Disney World comes just in time for for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary!

Keep reading for our FULL REVIEW of the attraction and how to experience this Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel rollercoaster.

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NEW: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Holiday Overlay!

For the holiday season Guardians will swap their classic playlist for a mash-up of seasonal tunes for a holiday overlay bringing along Xandar and Terra too!

Typically Walt Disney World has shied away from holiday overlays because guests want to experience an attraction in its year round form. While Disneyland offers the popular Nightmare Before Christmas version of the Haunted Mansion with Haunted Mansion Holiday, Walt Disney World has typically not offered overlays like this one. This addition of Christmas music to the attraction will only increase the re-rideability of the Guardians attractions. Although some guests riding for the first time on a once in a lifetime trip may want the original music which is why Walt Disney World doesn't usually do holiday overlays too often!

It's great to see this awesome new attraction to receive the holiday treatment in just its first year of reopening and we can't wait to experience it with the holiday music! We will be there this holiday season and we can't wait to share our initial thoughts with you on this holiday overlay for this rides first Christmas season.

How to Ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic RewindGuardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind

Disney has announced that Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be available via the Disney Genie+ Individual Attraction selection. This means that this ride will not be included in the general cost per day for Genie+ but will be available at a separate cost. The pricing has not yet been revealed but for reference the most expensive Individual Attraction is Rise of the Resistance at $15 per person so it could fall close to that price point as a brand new attraction.

Updated May 26, 2022 – the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Individual Lightning Lane will initially cost $14-$17 per person which is roughly in line with pricing for Rise of the Resistance.

If you're staying on-site at a Walt Disney World hotel then you can purchase your access to the ride beginning at 7AM which gives you an advantage of other guests as those staying off-site will have to wait until they enter the park to purchase Lightning Lane access. These reservations can sell out which will be likely when the ride first opens!

How To Use Virtual Queue for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic RewindStarblaster outside Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, the new family-thrill coaster attraction at EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort

There will be no standby line for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind when it first opens but there will be a virtual queue that guests can access via the My Experience App.

  • Starting at 7AM, guests with an EPCOT park reservation can access a boarding group via the My Disney Experience App. Guests can access this virtual queue from their hotel room.
  • Starting at 1PM, there will be another opportunity to join the virtual queue for those that didn't get a chance to access the boarding group at 7AM. Guests must be inside EPCOT to access the 1PM virtual queue.
  • Guests will only be able to access Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind once per day.

Virtual queue during extended evening hours

Guests 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 6PM on select dates during extended evening theme park hours. Guests do not need to be in EPCOT to access the virtual queue for this time slot but will need theme park admission with a park pass reservation to EPCOT or a park hopper ticket.

How to Get a Boarding Group to Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

  • First, make sure you have the My Disney Experience app. Double check that all your tickets are linked to your app and that you have a valid Park Pass Reservation for EPCOT.
  • A few minutes before the official time (7AM or 1PM) log into THE app and click on the ‘join' button for “Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Virtual Queue”- I would do this a few times going back and forth, I found this helped my phone load the page quicker when the time came when we used this trick for Rise of the Resistance. This is also a good time to ensure you are logged in so I would make sure you log out and log back in, just to be safe.
  • Wait until exactly when the clock hits 7AM, click on ‘join'- this brings you to the main screen where you will click ‘join' again and then a screen will show your party- no need to stop to select them, they will be preselected, and then hit join again.
  • This process should literally take 1-2 seconds- groups go fast, be ready to push those buttons quickly!
  • Make sure push notifications are turned on for My Disney Experience so you will be alerted if your group is called to return. You’ll have up to an hour from the time of the alert to go to the entrance of attraction
  • Please note that joining the virtual queue does not guarantee the ability to experience Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

For more on how to experience Epcot in the best way, check out our Epcot 2022 morning strategy for touring tips.

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind First Look and ReviewGuardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind

I just got off Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and am sitting in Epcot writing this first review.  Before I dive into any details and review of the attraction – know this, the attraction is INCREDIBLE and one of the best that Disney has built in the last ten years. I love the complexity and story of Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, but this new attraction tops the immersive Star Wars adventure for me largely due to the optimistic fun nature of the attraction. There is a high off the fun soundtrack (six different song choices that play randomly) combined with the joy of the Marvel storytelling in Walt Disney World for the first time.

Will Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind give you motion sickness?

PSA – I have had a lot of questions about if you will feel motion sick from the experience. When we first heard about a rollercoaster that spins featuring screens I shared this concern. My concerns were proven to be unnecessary. This was not a Universal Studios type jerky experience where you are in the screen the entire time. The entire coaster felt smooth and was not something I would worry about if you are comfortable riding Slinky Dog Dash. Space Mountain (in Walt Disney World) is far jerkier than this coaster.

Think of the attraction as Space Mountain built with the latest technology with the level of fun of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! experience from Disney California Adventure. Some might also add in Rockin' Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith because of the on ride music, but Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is decidedly less thrilling than Rockin' Rollercoaster and I think a ton more fun. This highly technical coaster is completely smooth and a ton of fun to experience over and over again.

Queue spoilers below…!

Now, with that positive sentiment out of the way and general PSAs, I will dive into a bit more of the narrative for the attraction so if you hope to go in blind, skip this section and just read more about how to experience the attraction for the first time.

The attraction uses a clever hook to connect the story into the EPCOT theme. Setting aside that this next-generation rollercoaster is a wholly new experience that is unlike anything EPCOT has delivered in the past, it felt natural to walk from World Discovery into the queue. Throughout their are videos and display with information on community planning and the formation of earth using comparisons it to the very similar Xandar (the world that the Guardians save in the first film). Of course, something goes terribly wrong and the Guardians need your help to save Earth and the rest of the Galaxy.

The people from the planet Xandar have come to Earth to create their first “other-world” showcase at Epcot called the Wonders of Xandar pavilion in the park's World Discovery neighborhood. In the queue you'll learn more about their technology and culture in the pavilion along with the experience of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

There are three distinct sections of the queue. First you'll enter the Galaxarium with a huge planetary style observation. Here there's a galaxy planetarium style show with soaring visuals of the planets with narration from Worldmind, a Xandarian suercomputer. This is the first room that you'll recognize the incredible score created for the attraction that is used throughout the queue. The Galaxarium plays a loop that's over 30 minutes long featuring planets including Xandar, Earth, Andromeda, Milky Way and Star Lord's Awesome Mix Volume 1.

Then, the Xandar gallery that provides you a look at this semi-Earth equivalent planet (you'll find lots of Easter eggs here including video of Walt Disney from the original EPCOT Center film). This gallery also has clips from “Good Morning Xandar” – the Xandarian equivalent of Disney's ABC's “Good Morning America” – with interviews of the Guardians of the Galaxy. These somewhat campy clips were shot during when the cast was first returning to the set of the third Guardians of the Galaxy film. A Disney Imagineer shared that this acting job was almost a warmup for the actors to get back into their characters.

From here you'll enter a set of two pre-show rooms with incredible effects. The story is that you are going to be teleported up into the Nova Corp Starcharter to see some of the latest Xandarian technology. Your visit is coordinated by Nova Prime Irani Rael, played by Glenn Close, and a lighthearted Terry Crews, playing Centurion Tal Marik.

The tour of the latest technology goes terribly wrong and you are enlisted to help the Guardians retrieve a stolen Cosmic Generator from Eson, a Celestial. Of course, Rocket needs your help.

You can see the photos below (SPOILERS for the ride queue) of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind! You might even spot a familiar face beyond our favorite Marvel characters!

Photo Tour of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Queue!

This rollercoaster experience is a mixture of a thrills and storytelling which is made possible by its unique ride vehicle system called the “OmniCoaster” ride system. The ride itself features show scenes along with fun thrills, making this a fun coaster for the whole family.

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind ride coaster

This “OmniCoaster” ride system is one of the most exciting things about the new Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind roller coaster at Epcot which allows vehicles to rotate 360 degrees and do a reverse launch – which is a first for Walt Disney World!

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Overall, this new attraction is a brilliant addition to Epcot and we can't wait for you all to enjoy it when it officially opens on May 27th at Walt Disney World!

In Disneyland, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! quickly became my favorite or second favorite attraction at the resort depending on the day. I can confidently say that this new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is in my top three attractions at Walt Disney World. That opinion doesn't come lightly and I am basing it on my desire to ride it over and over again. Rise of the Resistance is absolutely more a technical storytelling marvel that revolutionized the theme park industry and Pirates of the Caribbean will forever remain a classic, but this attraction is one that I will continue to ride over and over again as a priority part of my Walt Disney World vacations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where in Walt Disney World is the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind?

The Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is opening in Epcot.

Where in Epcot is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind going to be?

In the World Discovery neighborhood which is located in the previously titled Future World area of Epcot. You can see the map of Epcot below to see where this will be located. Epcot recently underwent renovation to transform the layout of the park. The three neighborhoods of World Discovery, World Celebration and World Celebration used to be called Future World.

When does the Guardians rollercoaster at Epcot open?

Disney has announced the opening date as May 27th 2022.

Will Genie+ be available when Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens?

Yes, Disney has confirmed that this will be an an Individual Lightning Lane purchase with Genie+ and will use a virtual queue instead of a standby line when it first opens.

What are the six songs on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind?

There are six possible songs you could hear during your ride on the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind rollercoaster.

  1. “September”
  2. “Disco Inferno”
  3. “Conga”
  4. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
  5. “I Ran”
  6. “One Way or Another”

My favorite was either “September” or “Conga”, but you won't have a choice of song. You'll just have to ride over and over again to experience them all.

Will DAS be available for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind?

Yes, DAS will be available like it is for all rides at Walt Disney World.

I get motion sick on rides, will this ride spin around?

Thankfully, during Gavin's ride preview this ride proved to be extremely smooth which helps diminish the worry of motion sickness!

Will there be a height requirement?

This ride is being called family friendly but there will likely still be a height requirement. I imagine something similar along the lines of Test Track.

Does the Guardians roller coaster go upside down?

No, the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind doesn't go upside down. You can see the vehicles below to also get an idea of what you can expect with the harnesses. Aside from preview videos that confirms there are no inversions, a roller coaster that goes upside down would typically have shoulder harnesses.

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind

What are the Nova Corps?

In the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, the Nova Corps are the Xandar's peacekeeping team that serve as protectors of the planet.

What is Xandar?

Xandar is a planet in the Guardians of the Galaxy universe.

Do I need to watch the Guardians of the Galaxy movies before I ride?

I suggest watching the first Guardians of the Galaxy film as this is the film that takes place on Xandar and introduces you to the planet along with the Nova Corps. It's a great film and you don't need any context from other Marvel films to understand it as it works just fine as a stand alone movie. In fact, it's my favorite Marvel film!

Boarding Group/Virtual Queue Frequently Asked QuestionsAttraction photo example of family on attraction

What is a virtual queue? A virtual queue is just a way to stand in line virtually through the Disney Parks app. You will then be notified via the app when it's your turn to ride.

What is a Boarding Group? The term Boarding Group is used by Disney to designate the groups of people throughout the day that will ride the attraction. The number of your Boarding Group determines what time of day you will ride.

For example, if you receive Boarding Group 3 you would be one of the first groups on the attraction that day. A Boarding Group of a higher number would ride later in the day. The app will sometimes give you a time estimate so you can plan. But if you receive a low number, plan on being at the park right at start of the day so you don't miss your time.

I got a backup Boarding Group, what does that mean? If you get a backup Boarding Group, this means you're not predicted to ride the attraction, but that you're on a virtual waitlist. If some folks no show or the ride gets through its existing Boarding Groups successfully then they will start calling those in the backup groups. Usually this means, if you do get called, it would be later in the day.

What time do I get my Boarding Group? Guests can access the virtual queue at both 7AM and 1PM from the app.

Can I ride the attraction more than once? Guests can only receive one Boarding Group per day.

What if I'm at a restaurant when my Boarding Group is called? Just find a cast member and explain the situation to them, they will accommodate you if you're in the middle of a dining reservation.

How long do I have to make it back to the ride when my Boarding Group is called? You have a one hour return time but if you're in the middle of a dining reservation or other reservation and you're worried you may be late- talk to a cast member.

What if I miss my Boarding Group time? You can ask a cast member if you can be put in a later Boarding Group but there's no guarantees- do not miss your Boarding Group time!

What time will I get to ride if I get a Boarding Group? The Disney app will give you an estimated return so you can plan your day.

How long will I have to wait in line when my Boarding Group is called? It varies but the general rule of thumb is the earlier your Boarding Group is the shorter your wait might be.

Can I get the 1PM Boarding Group from outside the park? No, you need to be scanned into EPCOT

What if I have problems with the app? If you have any glitches with the app, take screenshots, and see a Disney Guest Experience Team (blue umbrellas and blue shirts) to see if there's anything they can do. There's no guarantee but can't hurt to try.

If multiple people in my family are trying to get a Boarding Group do we need separate Disney accounts? You can all use the same account.

Will me and my family all get the same Boarding Group? Yes, everyone in your party will be in the same Boarding Group.

Will the app automatically select those from my Family/Friends list when I try for a Boarding Group? Yes, the app will usually auto-select those that have a park reservation- do not stop to check as this will slow you down and you'll miss your chance!

Should I use wifi or cellular data? Guests can have success with either option. You can run an internet speed test from your phone using a free website to see which is faster.

What cellphone model and carrier is best? There doesn't seem to be any significant advantage when it comes type of cellphone or carrier. It's assumed that guests with newer phones, which likely have faster speeds, tend to do better than older models. But this isn't always true- sometimes it's just random.

Someone on my group list didn't show up when we got our Boarding Groups, now what do I do? This is a glitch that does happen frequently, just go talk to a Disney Guest Experience Team member and they can add them to your Boarding Group party.

Can someone from home help me get a Boarding Group? Actually, yes they can! If they have your log in information for your Disney app so they can hep you get a Boarding Group. Since the app uses your Park Pass reservation to confirm the 7AM eligibility and that you've scanned into the park for 1PM, someone else could try using your log in.

Is there a way to get an earlier Boarding Group? Not really, they disappear too fast! The goal is just to get what you can get!

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