We made it out to Epcot recently to find that quite a bit of work has taken place inside the former Universe of Energy building for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster. Since the beginning, the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster has been an ambitious build. Disney opted to completely demolish the interior of the former Universe of Energy pavilion structure while leaving the shell of the building in place.
We’ll start with a look back at the concept art for the attraction. As you can see, the building will retain the original feel of the Universe of Energy pavilion, while attempting to feel like it would fit not only in Epcot, but also the Guardians of the Galaxy universe, somehow.
Here’s a look at what the building looks like now. Not much has changed from the outside.
A look back.
From an elevated view on the monorail, we can see a bit of work taking place on the exterior.
A look back.
We’ll take a look now at the top of the roof as it is now, with a bit of work starting to be visible from inside the park.
Next, we’ll take a peek inside the building, where it looks like a second floor is being built. Functionally, it’s possible that this could be the “ground” floor for guests, while the actual ground floor is a maintenance access area. Either way, this is more vertical construction than we’ve ever seen inside of the building. For months and months, we’ve only seen demolition and simple utilities work.
While the above views are from inside the park, our next vantage point comes from the Epcot monorail station, looking through the back of the building where construction crews have cut a hole in the structure to get vehicles in and out.
Finally, we take a look at the launch tunnel that connects the massive gravity building (off camera, left), and the Universe of Energy building (dark grey, right).
Overall, it’s been much tougher to see any progress given the fact that Disney chose to build the gravity building before the roller coaster, a move that is the exact opposite to what we’ve seen over at the Tron roller coaster construction site.
As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com for the latest photos and news about the Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster and much more from around the Disney Parks.