VIDEO: New ‘Guardians’ Coaster Pays Tribute to EPCOT’s Forgotten Past

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Guardians of the Galaxy fans have had a busy week! Disney has kept fans on their toes between fan footage of the filming of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special for Disney+ and new information about Walt Disney World’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

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Today, theme park journalist for Nexstar Scott Gustin posted a new video from Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, which he got to preview twice as part of a media event at the Walt Disney World Resort.

In the video, reportedly part of the ride’s pre-show, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), popularly known as Star-Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, stands with his fellow Guardian Gamora (Zoe Saldaña) and an unknown representative of Xandar.

Star-Lord reminisces about his childhood visit to EPCOT and says he hopes to revisit some of his favorite attractions.

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Fans will know that Marvel’s Star-Lord was abducted from Missouri, USA, on Earth in the 1980s, explaining why he was able to visit EPCOT as a child. It also explains why his memories of the Park are… a little outdated! In the video, Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord says:

“I love that place! It’s awesome. I went there as a kid and I cannot wait to go back and ride Horizons! I also want to see The Energy dinosaurs and, of course, hear the Veggie-Veggie Fruit-Fruit! It’s the best. I can’t wait.”

Die-hard EPCOT fans will recognize references to three long-gone attractions: Horizons, Universe of Energy, and Kitchen Kabaret (Veggie-Veggie Fruit-Fruit is the show’s most memorable song).

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At this point in the video, Gamora disappears, and the Xandar representative begins to speak:

“Okay, well, I’m sure it’ll be wonderful for you to relive all of those memories again. And it’s thanks to the Guardians that Xandar is reaching out to other cultures across the Galaxy.”

While she speaks, Star-Lord looks toward Guests for a moment before disappearing into space. See Gustin’s tweet for the video, where he plays into the joke, writing:

Starlord loves classic EPCOT.

Related: Disney Nearly Prevents Guest From Attending Guardians’ Cosmic Rewind Preview

Hopefully, someone lets Star-Lord know that there have been a few changes at EPCOT in the last 40 years!

More on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will open at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT this month, during Memorial Day weekend. Among the new information we’ve gotten from reporters during the Walt Disney World Resort media event, we also know who can ride. From Disney:

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!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
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Cosmic Rewind will have a 42-inch height requirement, and Disney  describes the ride as for “Tweens, Teens, Adults.”

Which of Star-Lord’s favorite attractions do you wish would return to EPCOT – Horizons, Universe of Energy, or Kitchen Kabaret? Who knows – maybe we’ll see him take a trip back in time to his favorite Disney Park in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

If you want to visit Walt Disney World on your next family vacation to experience any of the four Disney Parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — but aren’t sure where to begin planning, then don’t hesitate to reach out to our friends over at the Authorized Disney Vacation Planners at Academy Travel for a free quote.

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