PHOTO: First look at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind coaster cars being prepped for Epcot
Walt Disney World Site Portfolio Executive Zach Riddley is back at it again with another sneak peek at what’s being worked on at Walt Disney World – this time, sharing a look at the finished coaster cars for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
In a post on his official Instagram, Riddley shared a photo of two ride engineers prepping the vehicles at a warehouse in Florida.
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Here is an exclusive sneak peek of two of our ride engineers as they prep some of EPCOT’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind vehicles at our warehouse in Florida. If you look closely at the colorful paint design on the vehicles (called coaches in roller coaster engineering parlance), each one is unique with different wear patterns and impact marks. Imagineers were inspired by markings that appear on NASA Space Shuttles and other spacecraft upon reentry into Earth’s atmosphere. We can’t wait to share more on this truly out-of-this-world, awesome attraction as we make progress on construction and put these coaches on the track!
Riddley also shared a unique fact about the ride vehicles – each one is unique, featuring their own different wear patterns and impact marks. This was inspired by the markings on NASA space shuttles and other spacecraft that appear upon reentry into our atmosphere.
This is our second look at the ride vehicles for the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster under construction for Epcot. Back in September 2019, Disney shared a video showing off how the ride vehicles would spin to keep guests’ eyes on the action:
Disney has previously stated that Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind would open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World in October 2021; however, with the ongoing pandemic causing delays in construction, it is unclear if the ride will stick to that opening timeline.