(UPDATED 11/5/19): This is a construction update for the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster for November 2019. Disney announced its plans for the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind coming to Epcot over two years ago, and since then we’ve seen the construction start and go to the next level.
In this post we’re going to look at all the latest updates from the outside of the Guardians attraction, and see what’s new.
Scroll down for the latest construction photos of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster…
The last time we looked at the progress on the Guardians coaster we saw the outside wall panels being painted on the pre-show building where the queue for the attraction will be. We also saw into the launch tunnel and the work being done there and a bit of the inside of the front of the ride queue entrance.
Most of the interesting work on the attraction is happening inside the show building, which unfortunately right now is completely covered in walls. In fact it’s difficult to give a regular construction update on the ride because the vast majority of the work is taking place within those walls and we can’t see it, (Unlike the TRON coaster).
Over the Summer we learned the official name of the ride: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and hang on to your hats, because we also learned that guests are going to be launched through that tunnel, backwards!
This week we are going to look at some additions to the outside of the attraction’s main show building, including an interesting new shaft installed on the outside and running from the top all the way down.
You can also get the latest from around Disney World at more construction projects currently going on in our Walt Disney World Construction Updates page.
Big thanks to @Bioreconstruct who takes amazing shots of all the construction projects happening around Disney World and most of all the awesome aerial shots giving us an overhead view of all the ongoing projects. Be sure to check him out!!
Let’s take a look at the construction underway at the Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster:
(NEW PHOTOS: 11/5/19):
In this aerial shot we can see the two buildings for the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster, the main attraction building is the light blue and green one on the right, while the attraction pre-show queue is the one in the top center with the black roof:
That long narrow building connecting the two is the launch tunnel where guests will be launched backwards through the building!
Notice the long crane in the middle of the photo which is stretching out to the roof of the Guardians building:
Then here we see what it’s doing. It’s delivering large bundles of materials to the roof:
What exactly are these materials for? That’s anyone’s guess. The reason they are being delivered to the roof though its probably because they are needed on the roof itself, or on the inside at the top of the building, otherwise they would bring them in the door at the bottom.
An interesting fixture has been added to the side of the building in the last few days, what looks to be some kind of shaft running along the side of the building from the ground almost to the top:
Here is a better look at the shaft:
Not sure exactly what this is for yet, but most likely it’s an emergency exit from the attraction itself in case people get stuck inside or other emergencies:
Yes right now the color is an ugly grey and doesn’t go with the rest of the exterior, however it will most likely be painted light blue like the rest once it’s finished going up.
That’s it for now from the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster. Be sure to check back soon for more updates and also keep scrolling down to see what happened in previous updates.
(NEW PHOTOS: 10/22/19):
It’s been months since our last update to the construction work on the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster, and the differences that are visible from the outside are mostly aesthetic.
To start out, here is the current color of the outside of the old Universe of Energy building where the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction will start off:
You’ll remember the side walls used to be multi-colored, now it’s only two colors, orange and that grey:
This picture was only from September, and you can see the side panels being painted:
A look around the other side of the building shows that wall is also currently getting a new paint job:
And this is how it was only weeks ago:
Upon closer inspection, this wall has seen better days. At the arrow you can see an imperfection which has been there for years, but even after the paint job and work on the outside, it’s still visible:
That’s kind of disappointing and you’d hope that if Disney its spending all this money on a new attraction, at least they’d make sure that the building is in top shape!
My only question after all the orange paint, is how come it’s not orange in the concept art for the building??
Again it looks like a dark grey. We’ll keep an eye on this to see if it changes.
A look to the top of the building shows the final exterior panels installed on the roof:
I’m not sure this is a good idea, but it looks like some trees were cut down that were in front of the Guardians attraction building. At least they blocked the view slightly more, now the giant beast is even more apparent:
Curious to know how workers get up to the top of the building? A cherry picker will do just fine:
There aren’t many views into the Guardians show building where the actual track for the roller coaster is kept, we we can see some work going on on the outside leading into the building. This is likely for something right on the inside of that wall:
As we said, it’s hard to see what’s actually going on inside the building, but turning the corner you can get a brief look at the inside:
Looks like a lot of dirt and heavy equipment. The inside of the of UoE building really did get gutted. I wonder why it cost less to do it this way rather than just start from scratch…
Lastly we can also see in at this angle, but this is going into the launch tunnel area and we can see where the lift hill is:
UPDATE April 2019:
This is our latest Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster Construction Update in Epcot and even though most of the attraction is closed off from the public’s view, one of the most exciting phases of the construction process was just completed: the installation of the roller coaster track in the launch tunnel. It sure looks like it’s going to give guests one heck of a ride!
Over the last couple months lots of progress has been made on the Guardians coaster, but mostly on the inside. The only exception has been the launch tunnel, which we’re going to look more into today!
We also got great news last month when we found out that James Gunn is coming back to work with Marvel Studios and will directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. That’s important because he will need to set aside time during filming for footage which will be used on the Guardians Coaster attraction.
Before we show you what’s new, we want to give a big shout out as always @bioreconstruct over for the awesome construction photos he takes (the aerial ones are especially great) and we get an amazing view of everything going on…Let’s see what’s new on the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster in Epcot…
Looking at the side of the launch tunnel where it connects to the attraction show building you can see the track is now fully in place at that part of the ride:
Wow, oh wow, we knew the coaster was going to go into an incline from the launch tunnel, but we didn’t know how much. From the latest construction photos it really looks like the ride is going to be intense right out of the shoot.
Here is a look back from earlier in the month at how the track was laid out:
We saw the track was going up, we just didn’t know how much.
Now you can see it continues from there as it sets up the ride through the rest of the building:
The interesting thing as you take a closer look at how the track is set up, the track actually banks to the right at the top of the first hill:
It’s strange in a way because you’d think that the track might stay straight in order to use some of the space towards the left of the building before going into the middle, but it looks like we’ll be taking a sharp right immediately:
Lastly we have a shot of the launch tunnel for the Guardians coaster before you get to where the track inclines:
You can see the inside of the launch tunnel and the massive amounts of scaffolding that are setup throughout. The track for the roller coaster trains runs in the lower half of that tunnel.
My question is how are the trains going to return to the loading area once the ride is done in the main attraction show building? Will they install another track above the launch one? Below it?
It didn’t look like there are two tracks installed next to each other on the same level, so unless there is room and they just haven’t done it yet you’ll be returning either above or below. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
We have a whole Walt Disney World construction updates page where you can check out all of the current projects going on around property.
Other Disney World Construction Updates:
- Epcot Entrance Construction Updates November 2019
- TRON Lightcycle Run Roller Coaster Updates November 2019
- Ratatouille and France Pavilion Construction Updates November 2019
- Magic Kingdom Pathway Cinderella Castle Update – Now Complete (September 2019)
I want to know what you think about the latest construction updates for the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster in Epcot…
- Are you excited for this ride?
- Which upcoming Disney World attraction are you most looking forward to?
Let us know in the comments section below!
If you enjoyed this article, as always I appreciate it if you’d share it with others via social media. I work hard at making this website into a useful resource for you and your family to plan your visit to the Disney Parks and I hope it can help you! Thanks 🙂