Space and time are rewinding, and it’s up to the Guardians of the Galaxy to save the day. Disney World has announced the opening date for EPCOT’s first roller coaster, and WDW’s first Marvel-themed ride.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens on May 27, 2022. That is on the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend.

What kind of ride is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind?Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Roller Coaster

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a roller coaster with a brand new type of vehicle. Walt Disney Imagineering calls the ride vehicle an “Omnicoaster,” because they can program the individual cars to rotate around to control what the rider is looking at. This is a play on the “omnimover” ride vehicle that Disney pioneered with The Haunted Mansion. The Guardians coaster will take that concept of a rotating ride vehicle that directs the rider’s viewing experience and take it to a whole new level with the speed of a roller coaster.

Cosmic Rewind will also feature a backwards launch – a first for a Disney roller coaster.

Where is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind located?

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is located in World Discovery in EPCOT, near Mission: SPACE. This ride replaces Ellen’s Energy Adventure in the former Future World.

Does Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind have a height requirement?

Yes. The height requirement is 42”.

Why is this Disney World’s first Marvel ride?

Guardians of the Galaxy - Cosmic Rewind Poster - Epcot AttractionIt’s a complicated story, but basically has to do with a contract that Marvel made with Universal in the 90s. Universal has the exclusive theme park rights to Marvel characters in the United States in parks that are east of the Mississippi River. They currently use characters from the Avengers, X-Men, and Spider-Man on Marvel Super Hero Island in Islands of Adventure. When Disney bought Marvel in 2009, this contract was still in effect.

So far, Disneyland has a much more robust Marvel presence than Disney World, including Avengers Campus, a Spider-Man ride, and a Guardians of the Galaxy ride. There are still some legal issues — you won’t see the world Marvel used as branding for any of these lands or attractions — but overall Disney has a lot more latitude to use the Marvel characters in Disneyland than Disney World.

But there are a few loopholes relating to characters that aren’t being used at Marvel Super Hero Island. The Guardians of the Galaxy do not have any presence or representation in Islands of Adventure, so Disney has the legal right to use these characters in EPCOT.

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