PHOTOS: Latest Look at Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster (Launch Tunnel Wall Opened, Roof Work, and More)

As part of our continuing look at Epcot construction projects, we have arrived at the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster. The coaster will take over both the Universe of Energy pavilion and a newly built structure. The multiple queue show scenes will be located in the Universe of Energy building as well as the load and unload area for the roller coaster. The majority of the roller coaster as well as the show scenes will be in the newly built warehouse-type building that took over a wooded, unused area.

Today, we noticed quite a bit of activity related to the roof of both the Universe of Energy structure and the launch tunnel. We’ll start from inside of Epcot and take a look at the front of the building as of this morning.

Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster construction

Here’s a look at the other side of the wall.

Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster construction

The roof saw the complete removal of the solar panels last year, despite their presence in the concept art as seen below.

Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster concept art

Workers could be seen inspecting the roof near the top.

Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster construction

It’s possible that they were actually discussing what’s happening on the back of the building. A section of wall has been removed along the entire length of the backside of the structure. We noticed it when we were walking into the park, but walked over to the monorail platform for a better look.

Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster construction

Here’s a closer look from on the monorail as we passed by the building. It’s unknown if this is a structural change or if it’s simply for ventilation for the swarm of activity happening inside that require heavy machinery. As of right now, it’s still completely gutted and dirt.

Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster construction

The Universe of Energy structure wasn’t the only place construction crews were working on a roof. They could also be seen high atop the launch tunnel roof. You can also see the inclined first roller coaster track piece installed wrapped up to protect it.

Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster construction

A few more looks at the workers from inside Epcot.

Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster construction
Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster construction

Speaking of the launch tunnel. Here’s a latest look at the launch tunnel as it meets the inclined roof.

Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster construction

Finally, let’s take a peek inside the building. Here we see a backhoe taking dirt out of the building, as well as some cherry pickers inside.

Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster construction
Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster construction
Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster construction

We were also able to see that a hole has been cut in the side of the Universe of Energy building for the launch tunnel. This will allow guests to load and unload the roller coaster in the Universe of Energy building before launching into the large gravity building. This hole allows crews to connect the two buildings.

Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster construction

The Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster is scheduled to open by the 50th Anniversary of the resort in 2021.

Mike
Mike is the owner and writer for BlogMickey.com. Visiting the parks daily allows him to keep up with the latest Disney news, reviews, and photos from around the Disney Parks

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