On 4 April, it was revealed by the Disney Parks Blog that Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will be opening its doors on 27 May. The long-awaited record breaking enclosed roller coaster at Walt Disney World Resort’s EPCOT (Florida, U.S.A.) was first revealed in 2017 and has kept people talking about it ever since. When during last November’s D23 Expo an estimated opening of summer 2022 was given, we knew the reveal of an exact date couldn’t be far off.
Along with the announcement, a trailer was made available on the Disney Parks YouTube channel. The video description does a good job of hyping up the experience to come. ”Get ready to rewind, rotate and head toward the action through an exciting space pursuit. This cosmic trip will be one of the largest fully enclosed coasters in the world, featuring the first reverse launch on any Disney coaster!” As most will know by now, Cosmic Rewind will in fact be the longest enclosed coaster in the world judging by its 1.700 meter track length. Both the coaster and trains featuring spinning cars are manufactured by the Dutch manufacturer Vekoma.
The opening of Cosmic Rewind is another step in the major transformation of the EPCOT park that was announced in 2016. Ellen’s Energy Adventure was closed and removed in 2017 in favour of the new coaster. The dinosaur themed dark ride originally opened as Universe of Energy back when EPCOT opened in 1982. The opening of Cosmic Rewind coincides with Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration. The date of 27 May also happens to coincide with the 5th anniversary of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure (California, U.S.A.).