As part of the Epcot 35th Anniversary celebrations on Sunday, Epcot Vice President Melissa Valiquette confirmed to the media that the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction will indeed be a roller coaster. The idea of the attraction being a roller coaster is nothing new though. Sources said it would be a roller coaster for more than a year now, but this is the first official confirmation from Disney.
Of course, a close examination of the permits would shed just about as much light on the project as anything officially said by Disney up to this point.
While the vast majority of the permit space is for backstage work, there is a show building visible, with what appears to be indications of a launch tunnel. We’ve highlighted the current Universe of Energy building in blue, the yet-to-be-constructed gravity building in green, and the connecting launch tunnel in red.
If this looks familiar, it’s because it is. The attraction will have a footprint similar to Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster. That is, an entrance queue and load/unload building (blue), a launch tunnel (red), and gravity building (green) where the coaster will be housed.
Here’s a look at Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster with the large gravity building.
We’ve heard that the gravity building for the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster will be a massive 11 stories tall, and that the ride system will be unique for a Walt Disney World roller coaster. In addition, the current Universe of Energy pavilion will act as a pre-show and queuing area, with multiple pre-show rooms likely.