Disney’s ‘Cosmic Rewind’ OmniCoaster Opens Today, and It’s Intense


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Disney’s newest Marvel-themed indoor thrill ride gives roller coasters a new twist — a 360-degree twist. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens to guests Friday at Epcot at Walt Disney World in Florida. It’s billed as one of the largest indoor coasters and, along with being Disney’s first reverse-launch coaster, it’s something called an OmniCoaster. Each vehicle makes controlled rotations to keep you facing the action as you race down the track — be it sideways or backward.

I got an early preview before it opened (see video embedded above). And after being hurled through the darkness of space and time to save the galaxy with Star-Lord and the gang (to the tune of Earth, Wind and Fire’s September), I gotta say, this isn’t like any other roller-coaster feeling. It’s a smooth ride — and a funny one, with Guardians characters cracking jokes about how you may not make it. There’s almost a feeling of dancing as you glide toward different screens and props throughout the ride, but your mind can’t predict which way your car will go next. There are no loops, drops or upside-down flips — but boy, when you’re taking a hard turn around a moon, facing sideways, you’ll feel a new kind of coaster intensity: Disney magic messing with your inner-ear. 

(Pro tip if you go: The last car has the best views, but for me it was the worst on the woozy factor. You can get a taste of how it moves in the Disney video embedded below.)