Guardians of the Galaxy Xandarian Star Blaster Spaceship lands at Epcot

by Tharin White

The Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster is opening this summer! While it has been hard to gauge the progress on this indoor roller coaster thus far, a major new show piece is a big step forward for ride theming.

Star Blaster spaceship outside of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster.
Photos by @TharinWhitePhotography on Instagram.

Debuting in the newly-renamed World Discovery neighborhood, this family-thrill coaster will take guests on an intergalactic chase through time and space, and will feature the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster.

The Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride will be one of the longest fully-enclosed coasters in the world. The coaster was originally announced in 2017. We have been eagerly awaiting an opening ever since. Epcot’s new E-ticket attraction will be inspired by the premise that Peter Quill (aka Star Lord) actually visited Epcot as a kid. You can see video of the original announcement here.

The Cosmic Rewind Star Blaster ship is huge.

As you can see, the new theming element is huge. The Xandarian starship, also known as a Star Blaster, has been mostly assembled in front of the attraction.

This major show piece will be the shining beacon for all who wish to ride the reverse-launching roller coaster.

Front view of Star Blaster spaceship at the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster.

It is easy to see why this Star Blaster Xandarian spaceships has caught everyone’s eye.

When compete, the Star Blaster will be a replica of the hundreds of CGI ships seen in the first “Guardians of the Galaxy” film. These ships interlocked with each other to create a mesh net as they help keep back Ronan the Accuser’s flagship, the Dark Aster. 

Details of new Cosmic Rewind ride theming details.

Now, guests will be able to visit an other-world showcase and see what Xandar and the Guardians of the Galaxy have to offer. 

While this view is time-limited during construction, doesn’t the support structure look a bit like a hidden Mickey?

Work is not yet complete on the Star Blaster spaceship outside of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster.

It is assumed that this current steel support structure is here to stay, even though it is not in the original concept art. And, we expect that the ship will continue to rest on it.

We may perhaps see more theming added to this structure though, as clearly the area is not yet finished.

Close-up texture shot of the Star Blaster space ship.

For now, we can only wait and keep watching as Disney prepares to finalize all details for this new coaster. This coaster is a major new addition for Epcot. It is Epcot’s first ever roller coaster. It is Disney’s first ever reverse-launching roller coaster. It will be one of the largest indoor roller coasters in the world. It will be Walt Disney World’s first major Marvel attraction. And, we know that the original cast, and director James Gunn, all worked together with Imagineers for its creation.

Marvel fans and coaster lovers unite. This new step into Epcot’s future is sure to be an incredible one.

Will you be taking on this new coaster when it opens at Epcot this summer? Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, will open during Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration and be one of numerous new offerings.

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