As my Starjumper escape shuttle travels through time and space, careening around the birth of the Milky Way, I realize I may have left my stomach back at the Big Bang. Somehow I’ve been caught up in a fast-paced mission with a 0.02% probability of success that involves a showdown between an eons-old, god-like, Earth-stealing being; a ragtag group of intergalactic superheroes; and the Nova Corps of space cops.
I’m, of course, on the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind attraction, opening May 27 at EPCOT. Disney’s first big-time roller coaster in years, Cosmic Rewind is an indoor roller coaster set in the world of the two Marvel Cinematic Universe films directed by James Gunn and starring Chris Pratt (Peter Quill), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax) and the voices of Bradley Cooper (Rocket) and Vin Diesel (Groot). The ride marks a series of “firsts,” including, according to the Disney press release, the first coaster attraction at EPCOT, the first reverse launch for a Disney coaster and the first Disney Omnicoaster — where vehicles make controlled rotations “to always keep guests focused on the action.”
Though the Guardians are featured in Mission: Breakout! in Disney California Adventure’s Avengers Campus, this new ride is the first time they appear in an attraction at Walt Disney World.