‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ roller coaster to open in 2021 at EPCOT

Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster

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?

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5 thoughts on “‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ roller coaster to open in 2021 at EPCOT

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  2. Tom Miskowiec

    Im Sure they will have plenty of interactive entertainment in the que while waiting a few hours to ride I’m sure

  3. F. D. Bryant III

    I find this disappointing news. A straight Guardians of the Galaxy ride should be at Disney Studios or Magic Kingdom (which does leave me to wonder what happened to no Marvel east of the Mississippi). I really hate that they are taking away the distinctiveness of the individual parks. Everything Epcot should have a edutainment focus with Future World regularly focused on STEM topics and World Showcase focused on an introduction to the history and culture from around the world.

    This doesn’t mean they can’t be dripping with Disney IP. Guardians of the Galaxy can present information about space and space exploration. The Living Seas is a perfect opportunity for Nemo to talk about the importance of the ocean and the wonders found there The Frozen attraction could be about Elsa, Anna, and crew paying a royal visit to Norway and learning a little about the culture and history.

    Epcot was a place for fun, learning, and the fun in learning. It sparked my imagination to learn more about science and technology. I hate that Disney is sacrificing the educational aspect of Epcot for just another fun ride.

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