ORLANDO, Fla. — Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, one of the most-anticipated new rides at Disney World, will open to the public on May 27.
The attraction, an indoor roller coaster with vehicles programmed to rotate 360 degrees, takes riders on a mission to save the galaxy.
Earlier this month, I had a chance to preview the ride. You can read more about what I learned here.
However, since it doesn’t officially open until later this month, I’ve put together this FAQ in hopes of answering questions some people might have before they experience the attraction.
Does the ride spin and will it cause motion sickness?
Cosmic Rewind has “omnicoaster” ride vehicles that can rotate 360 degrees. The rotations are programmed so the ride isn’t freely spinning. That being said, people prone to motion sickness might feel a little queasy after. The best tip I can offer is to look straight ahead instead of up and down and side-to-side when riding.
Does Cosmic Rewind have any big drops or go upside down?
The coaster has plenty of turns, but it doesn’t have any major drops. There are parts of the ride where it dips or you’ll travel into a curve downward. Cosmic Rewind also doesn’t go upside down, so no loops or inversions.
Which row is best, front or back?
It depends on what you mean by best. The front row offers the best views of everything even though the vehicles rotate toward the action. The back row feels like the ride is moving faster.
How does the ride compare to other Disney World coasters?
Cosmic Rewind feels like a mix between Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom and Rock n Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in terms of the darkness factor.
What songs play during the ride and can you choose the one you want?
Cosmic Rewind has its own “Awesome Mix” of six songs. The playlist includes “Conga” by Gloria Estefan, “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears, “I Ran” by A Flock of Seagulls, “One Way or Another” by Blondie and “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire. However, you don’t get to choose which song you get on your ride. It’s random. Also, only one song plays per ride.
What’s the height requirement for Cosmic Rewind?
The minimum height requirement for Cosmic Rewind is 42 inches.
Will Cosmic Rewind have a standby queue?
When Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens on May 27, the standby queue will not be available. In order to ride, visitors will need to get a boarding group using the virtual queue in the My Disney Experience app. Visitors can also purchase Individual Lightning Lane access to the ride.
The virtual queue will open at 7 a.m. each day, and that's when visitors with valid admission and a park pass reservation for Epcot will be able to request to join. They don't have to be inside the park to request to join the virtual queue.
If unsuccessful at 7 a.m., visitors can try to join the virtual during the second opportunity at 1 p.m. They will have to be inside Epcot for that one.
There is another way to ride Cosmic Rewind without the virtual queue. Visitors can purchase Individual Lightning Lane access via the My Disney Experience app. The "skip the line" option is subject to availability and varies in price depending on day of visit. It will cost $14-$17 plus tax per person. From May 27-30, it will be $17 plus tax per person. On May 31, the price will be $14 plus tax per person.
How much of the queue does the Lightning Lane skip?
When using the Lightning Lane, you typically skip portions of the queue that those using the standby queue would see. On Cosmic Rewind, the Lighting Lane bypasses most of the Gallery section, which features different items from Xandar on display.