As we start to see demand for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind normalize, we’re also seeing more and more guests experiencing success in securing a Boarding Group for the ride.
As a reminder, Disney will not allow you to stand in a traditional standby line to ride Cosmic Rewind. Instead, guests are required to utilize the virtual queue system and secure a Boarding Group number that tells them when it’s their turn to ride. This system is meant to mitigate wait times and allow guests to experience other parts of EPCOT instead of waiting in a long line.
When Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind first opened during Memorial Day Weekend, demand was extremely high, and securing a Boarding Group was difficult – even for guests who are familiar with the Virtual Queue system.
Now, as the extremely high demand begins to normalize, it’s becoming “easier” for guests to secure a Boarding Group. While the 7am distribution time still remains immensely competitive, there is a near certainty that you’ll be able to get a Boarding Group at the 1pm distribution time.
Over the past week, the 1pm distribution window has stayed open longer (just about) every day. This stands in contrast to the 7am window, which still is open for less than 5 seconds. As a matter of fact, the 1pm distribution window has been open for more than 15 minutes four out of the last five days. Today, the 1pm distribution window was open for more than 80 minutes. This means that if you’re paying attention, you’re essentially guaranteed to get a Boarding Group at the 1pm distribution time.
Now, the only caveat is that for the 1pm distribution time you must have already entered EPCOT. You don’t necessarily need to be in the park at 1pm, but you must have already entered the theme park at some point before 1pm to be eligible for the 1pm distribution time.
Ultimately, we’d love to see Disney drop the Virtual Queue Boarding Group system entirely for Cosmic Rewind. The attraction has proven to be extremely efficient and downtimes have generally been low or minimal – especially for a new attraction.
EPCOT could also use another attraction to physically pull people into line for. According to data from thrill-data.com, here are the average wait times for the top attractions at EPCOT this month:
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – 80 minutes
- Frozen Ever After – 80 minutes
- Test Track – 65 minutes
Opening up Cosmic Rewind would likely relieve some of the pressure on other attractions even if that might mean two-hour waits for Guardians. Both Flight of Passage and Rise of the Resistance are doing just fine and averaging a two-hour wait this month.
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