EPCOT Experiences Half-Park Power Outage Two Days After New Coaster Opens

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind with Spaceship Earth in the background at EPCOT

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It’s a busy weekend at Walt Disney World Resort! Aside from the usual Memorial Day Weekend crowds, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind just opened at EPCOT, leading to a traffic rush to the Disney Parks. Even Disney Springs couldn’t escape the increased Guest traffic!

Related: Disney World Ride Experiencing Major Malfunctions Amidst Memorial Day Crowds

Disney seems to have had an untimely power malfunction on Sunday, leading to confusion and commotion among the Park’s crowds. Guests on social media are reporting that rides shut down without warning in mid-afternoon, and power in half of EPCOT went out.

Test Track cars
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One Guest, @MysticSasquatch on Twitter, found themselves stuck on Frozen Ever After in EPCOT’s Norway pavilion right before 6 p.m. on Sunday, writing:

Half of Epcot Lost Power stuck on the Frozen Ride. #DisneyWorld50

After an hour, Frozen Ever After started operating again and boasted a 105-minute wait. However, test Track and Spaceship Earth remained closed through the evening following the outage.

Screenshot showing Soarin' at a 35 minute wait, Remy's at 85 minutes, Frozen at 105 minutes, and Spaceship Earth and Test Track temporarily closed.
Credit: Screenshot via Walt Disney World App

Spaceship Earth’s exterior is a blast from the past tonight. According to one Guest, @Monorail_Orange on Twitter, the shimmering lights added to celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary were missing from EPCOT’s ongoing nighttime light show. The Guest said Cast Members told them the ongoing power issues had affected the dazzling lights:

Back to a legacy ball (with dim lights) tonight. Cast members seem to be having issues getting them working after the power outage. The EPCOT theme just played without them.

The same Guest shared footage of a light flickering inside a Park building near Spaceship Earth after the power was only partially restored:

EPCOT Part Mode during a thunderstorm no less.

Though the outage doesn’t seem to have affected Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, it has driven up the wait times to other rides, with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Frozen Ever After teetering between two-to-three digit waits all evening.

Related: Guests Forced to Stand In Long Line Due to Intense Crowd Levels at Magic Kingdom

More on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Onboard Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
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Walt Disney World’s newest rollercoaster opened two days ago on May 27, after a few months of exciting previews. With a Lightning Lane pass or virtual queue reservation, any Disney Park Guest can now experience this cutting-edge attraction! From Disney:

Take off on an intergalactic chase through space and time with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

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!

Begin your adventure by touring the Galaxarium—a planetarium-like exhibition showcasing the similarities and differences between Xandar and Earth’s galaxies. You’ll even get to discover some of the incredible wonders of Xandar and learn about their technology.

Just as you are about to reach the culmination of the tour, everything goes sideways, and you are called into action to help the Guardians of the Galaxy. Join Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Star-Lord on an urgent mission where you’ll rewind, rotate and head towards the action through an exciting space pursuit.

Ready for an awesome quest across the cosmos to save the galaxy? It’s all up to you!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
Credit: Zach Riddley

Have you ever experienced a power outage at Walt Disney World? 

Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks Guest experience. No two Guest experiences are alike and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Parks operations.

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