We’re LIVE From the Grand Opening of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT!

🌟TODAY IS THE DAY!🌟 Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is officially OPEN in EPCOT.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

This highly-anticipated indoor rollercoaster debuted TODAY to EPCOT guests after weeks of media and Annual Passholder previews. Of course, we’re headed to EPCOT to take in the sights and sounds of the opening day — and you’re coming with us! Let’s check out the crowds, the merch, the Virtual Queue, and more!

We’ll be updating this post ALL DAY as we spot news from the opening!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Before we jump into the opening day, let’s talk about the ride itself! Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a Marvel-themed coaster in EPCOT that is one of the LONGEST indoor roller coasters ever built AND features Disney’s first-ever reverse launch.


Over the course of the ride, you’ll adventure with the Guardians of the Galaxy through space and time in new Omnicoaster ride vehicles that turn 360 degrees as they move along the track. For more, you can check out our SPOILER FREE review…or our spoiler-FULL one.

Click here to see a SPOILER FREE REVIEW of Cosmic Rewind!

virtual queue

Cosmic Rewind uses a Virtual queue system meaning that EPCOT guests will have Two chances to join the queue in the My Disney Experience app — once at 7AM and once at 1PM. There is also a BONUS opportunity for those who are eligible for Extended Evening Hours on select nights at 6PM.


This morning, boarding groups filled up FAST! Just about 30 SECONDS after 7AM, one of our reporters shared that the My Disney Experience app was already showing 1PM as the next Virtual Queue enrollment start time. That meant 7AM boarding groups had already filled up by that time!

Virtual Queue enrollment showing 1PM at 7AM

We managed to book into Group Number 85 and our app gave us an estimated callback of 3:35PM with an estimated physical wait of 30 minutes.

Guardians Boarding Group

There is no standby option for the attraction at this time, just the Virtual Queue.

Click here to see more about how FAST the queue filled at 7AM!

Lightning Lane

The Virtual Queue is not the only option for riding Cosmic Rewind though, it is also available as an Individual Attraction Selection (IAS) for guests to purchase Lightning Lane access — that’s Disney’s skip-the-line offering.

Tap Point for Lightning Lane entrance

The first thing that was revealed this morning was the price for Cosmic Rewind’s Lightning Lane access. At $17 per personit’s the most expensive IAS attraction since the release of Disney Genie+ last year.

Lightning Lane Availability at 7AM on Opening Day

When the option became available at 7AM, we watched as the Lightning Lanes for Cosmic Rewind sold out by around 7:04AM.

Some More Open at 7:04AM

However, UNLIKE the Virtual Queue, we noticed that more times would pop up if we refreshed and checked again until about 7:20AM.

Closed at 7:21AM

Remember that IAS purchases are available to resort guests at 7AM and non-resort guests at park open. So, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Lightning Lanes sold out before non-resort guests had access to them. This has been the trend with Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios too.

Want to see more about WHEN Lightning Lane sold out this morning? Click here!


We found Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind merchandise at the attraction’s Treasures of Xandar store other Creation’s shop.


There are FOUR new collections — Heroes of Xandar Collection, Guardians of the Galaxy: Through the Eyes of Quill Collection, the Honorary Guardians Collection, and the Groot Through the Years Collection — and some limited edition opening day merch too!

To see a GUIDE to snagging your Cosmic Rewind merch, click here!

Remember, we’ll be updating this post LIVE today so keep checking back! Stay tuned with DFB for more of the latest news from Disney World!

Want to learn more about Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind? Check out our video!

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