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Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is an upcoming steel roller coaster attraction at EPCOT's World Discovery. It will be manufactured by Vekoma. Based on the Marvel Studios' film Guardians of the Galaxy, it will be the first attraction at Walt Disney World based loosely on a Marvel Comics property. It will replace the Universe of Energy attraction, which closed on August 13, 2017.
It was originally set to open in 2021. However, it was delayed to 2022 as part of the park's 40th anniversary celebration, which is part of Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary celebration, since the opening was postponed indefinitely following the closure of the park due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The ride was announced as part of an overall overhaul of Epcot at the 2017 D23 Expo. On August 13, 2017, Ellen’s Energy Adventure was closed so that construction could begin on the attraction. At D23 Japan in 2018, it was confirmed that the ride would be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters and that the ride would open in 2021.
Construction began in late August 2017. The existing Universe of Energy show building will be reused and retrofitted for the new attraction; the roller coaster itself will be housed in a new, massive show building situated backstage behind the Universe of Energy building and the former Wonders of Life pavilion. On May 4, 2018, the Disney Parks Blog released a video stating that 960 truckloads of concrete had been poured for the foundation of the new ride show building.
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 by the Guardians and chaos ensues as they and the guests are sent back in time to witness the Big Bang.
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- Originally, the attraction was titled Xandarian Outpost as a reference to similar Marvel-themed areas at Disney California Adventure, Walt Disney Studios Park and Hong Kong Disneyland.
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