Disney’s Pricey New Line Has Fans Stumped, Complaints Roll In

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

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When visiting Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or any of the Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide, there’s one thing you can count on doing, which is waiting in line. Because of the popularity of the Disney Parks, millions of Guests visit each year, meaning you’ll more than likely have to wait in a few lines to ride and experience your favorite attractions.

Disney’s solution to this problem came in the form of Genie+ and Lightning Lane.

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Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane were released last year to lots of confusion and frustration, leaving some Guests feeling confused by the service. In theory, this paid service should enhance Guests’ experience at the Parks, but in practice, it seems to just be an expensive itinerary planner for some, while others love it. These paid services allow Guests to skip lines for a price, meaning Disney now has a financial incentive to have long lines.

At Disney World, for $15.00 per day per Guest, you can skip the long standby queue by making a Lightning Lane reservation (new FastPass) and returning at that time. At Disneyland, the cost is slightly higher at $20.00 per Guest.

At each Park in Disney World, there are two attractions that Guests would need to purchase a separate Lightning Lane ticket for if they wanted to skip those lines. Those attractions are: 

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Expedition Everest
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind cover art
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The newest attraction to open at the Walt Disney World Resort which also utilize this system is the exciting Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT. This ride takes Guest on a thrilling journey into the world of the most eccentric and fun-filled Marvel franchise as they blast through space, all accompanied by a random choice of six different songs.

The ride doesn’t officially open for another few weeks and is still going through previews. Because of this, we have not been able to see the Lightning Lane queue for the ride, that is, until now.

A few Guests were taken through this queue last night which you can see in the tweet below from Hastin (@hastin):

They are letting us do “one last ride”, and the Lightning Lane queue is VERY sparse. A hallway and the backside of the fan projectors. #CosmicRewind

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As you can see, the Guest commented on how “sparse” the line was compared to the standby queue. We also got an extended look at the Lightning Lane queue from Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) which you can check out below:

Here is a look at the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Lightning Lane queue. You walk through the Galaxarium, but skip the Xandar Gallery. The queue merge point is right before the Welcome Center holding chamber.

Fans also shared their thoughts on this queue based on what was shown in this tweet. Forceman4077 (@Forceman4077) commented:

HAHAHAHA, hey pay us $15-$20 per person to go down a bland hallway, with boring screen shots. I know you’re skipping a stupid long line, but damn, skipping all the Xander Gallery for a boring hallway. MAJOR L

James (@Heyitsjames88) said:

You’d think they’d at least paint some design on the wall lol

While most of the queue for the new attraction is quite cool, it seems like the Lightning Lane section of the line is a little less detailed than the main stand-by one. This is typically the case with Disney rides, however, many fans were hoping to see the Lightning Lane queue retain the quality of the stand-by one.

More on Cosmic Rewind

As described by Disney:

Rock Out On An Intergalactic Chase

An All-New Attraction located in World Discovery at EPCOT-Launching May 27, 2022!

Introducing an All-New Coaster

This family-thrill attraction features the first ever reverse-launch on a Disney coaster and is one of the largest fully-enclosed coasters in the world! A new innovation from Walt Disney Imagineering—this coaster rotates 360 degrees so you can focus on the action!
Have you ridden this exciting new attraction yet?

Let the expert team at Academy Travel help you plan your next magical vacation to Disneyland Resort, including Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, and the Downtown Disney District. Or what about Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and the Disney Springs shopping and dining district!

EPCOT is the epicenter of Walt Disney’s vision for tomorrow. Check out Spaceship Earth and then head over for some thrills on Mission: SPACE and Test Track. Enjoy the World Showcase and enjoy some incredible rides on Frozen Ever After, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros, and Remy’Ratatouille Adventure. Stop into the Imagination Institute to catch up with Figment in Journey Into Imagination and then hit both Soarin’ Over The World and Living with the Land inside The Land Pavillion. Stop in to see Nemo & friends and then relax and enjoy the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival. Also, don’t forget to check out the all-new nighttime spectacular, Harmonious, which is playing every night at EPCOT.

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