It was a poorly kept secret that the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction at EPCOT would be a roller coaster, but now we have official confirmation out of Bob Chapek, chair of Walt Disney’s Parks & Resorts, at D23 Expo Japan. The new attraction takes over the old Universe of Energy pavilion in the Future World area of the park.
Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired coaster will be a big new attraction for the park. In fact, this one-of-a-kind family attraction will be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters when it opens in Future World. Guests will experience a unique story currently being created by Walt Disney Imagineering and a new innovative ride system that’s guaranteed to give you that “wow” moment.
The “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired coaster is a shift for EPCOT, which is moving away from its roots as a kind of permanent World’s Fair, toward something that Disney calls “more family, more relevant, more timeless and more Disney.”
“As we build upon its core mission of optimism and hope to inspire the world, the real will become fantastic and the fantastic will become real—in whole new ways at Epcot,” Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, said.
The as yet unnamed “Guardians of the Galaxy” roller coaster will open in 2021 as part of Walt Disney World resort’s 50th Anniversary celebration. You’ll also note that Disney is not using the ‘Marvel’ name with this attraction to help it get around the rules that limit Marvel attractions in central Florida to Universal Orlando Resort.
Are you looking forward to riding the first roller coaster to be added to EPCOT?