Get Your First Look at the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Ride Queue—and the Coolest New Merch

Get Your First Look at the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Ride Queue—and the Coolest New Merch

The Marvel ride opens in EPCOT later this month at Florida's Walt Disney World.

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The Benetar ship on display in the queue of Cosmic Rewind.
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

Take a sneak peek at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in this slideshow of images from the new Marvel ride’s queue and gift shop. We were recently invited as press to preview the coming attraction in EPCOT at Walt Disney World.

From the studio that brought us Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. I and II, this ride takes park visitors on an adventure through time and space when the opening of The Wonders of Xandar, EPCOT’s latest pavilion, is caught in a fight between the Guardians of the Galaxy and Eson, a celestial who seizes the Nova Corps’ cosmic generator to prevent the Big Bang.

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Don’t worry, this ride is totally family friendly!

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The tunes

The tunes

The Awesome Mix cassette tape floating in space
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

The first section of the Wonders of Xandar queue is styled like a planetarium projection to display the cosmos and to show how the planet of Xandar is pretty similar to Earth. The visuals change a lot—like this one, which features a giant floating Awesome Mixtape Vol. 1 from the first Guardians of the Galaxy film. Cosmic Rewind itself features an exclusive mixtape for the attraction, and when you ride you get one of six potential tracks.

“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire

“Disco Inferno” by The Trammps

“Conga” by Gloria Estefan

“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears

“I Ran” by A Flock of Seagulls

“One Way or Another” by Blondie

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He is Groot

He is Groot

Groot and Rocket Raccoon featured on the ride
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

Throughout the queue videos give context to the ride: the Guardians of the Galaxy themselves played a big part in why EPCOT was Xandar’s choice for Earth’s cultural outpost.

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Star-Lord digs Disney

Star-Lord digs Disney

Starlord and Drax are interviewed in a segment
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

Turns out it was Peter Quill’s idea to have the pavilion at Walt Disney World, a place he’d visited when he was a kid. Various video segments feature a catch-up for guests to learn about the Guardians’ role in saving Xandar from Ronan the Accuser as well as other key points from the films.

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Xandar’s pavilion

Xandar’s pavilion

Layout of Xandar highlighting tech mapping
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

Xandarian mapping tells of their society’s tech innovations, which line up with EPCOT’s theming; it makes it feel like it is just another cultural center like the ones in the park’s World Showcase.

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The Milano

The Milano

The Benetar ship on display
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

You also get to see awesome displays like this model of the Guardians’ first ship, the Milano (named after Quill’s childhood crush, Alyssa Milano).

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Xandar at night

Xandar at night

a model depicting a projection mapped Xandarian city
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

A look at Xandar’s cityscape.

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Nova Prime

Nova Prime

Glenn Close as Nova Prime greets visitors
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

Nova Prime (played by Glenn Close) greets visitors to the Wonders of Xandar pavilion and prepares them for their journey into space to the Nova Corps’ base above Earth by way of a time portal called the Cosmic Generator.

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Another greeting

Another greeting

Terry Crews as Centurion Tal Marik greets visitors
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

Centurion Tal Marik (Terry Crews) greets park-goers on base before things get a little out of hand.

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The mission begins

The mission begins

on screen Eson steals the Cosmic Generator and the Guardians prepare guests for battle on the smaller screen
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

Well...maybe a lot out of hand. An unpleasant celestial named Eson steals the Cosmic Generator and sucks Earth back in time to the Big Bang. So it’s up to the Guardians of the Galaxy to save the planet with our help of course!

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Ride vehicles

Ride vehicles

rollercoaster ride vehicles
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

Here’s a look at the ride vehicles when you board! This coaster has no major drops or loops so you can bring your bags with you (think Space Mountain). It’s the world’s longest indoor coaster, however, and rotates quite often while reaching very high speeds. So if you get motion sick easily keep that in mind!

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind merch

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind merch

Honorary Guardian shirts, bags, hats, and jackets
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

When you save the word, you are named an honorary Guardian of the Galaxy and can buy the shirt to prove it... and the hat and bag and jacket.

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More merch

More merch

Nova Corps shirt and mugs
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

To add to more of really cool in-universe merch, you can also buy Nova Corps Terra (Earth) division gear too.

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Even more merch

Even more merch

models of the bentar and starblasters and a shirt with a starblaster
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

You can also buy smaller models of the Benetar and the Nova Corps Starblaster. The latter also comes on a shirt.

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For aspiring Star-Lords (kid version)

For aspiring Star-Lords (kid version)

Starlord and Gamora costumes for kids
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

The littles can also play dress up as Star-Lord or Gamora with their iconic looks from the Guardians of the Galaxy films.

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For aspiring Star-Lords (adult version)


For aspiring Star-Lords (adult version)

Starlord jacket for adults and neon color water bottles
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

Don’t worry they come in adult sizes too!

And peep those cool water bottles.

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More merch!

More merch!

Guardians of the Galaxy blue long sleeve shirt with star emblem
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

I will say, long sleeves in Orlando’s humid weather is a CHOICE. Hopefully, Disney’s California Adventure on the West Coast will see some of these items reach the Tivan colletion warehouse at the exit of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! Temperatures definitely get cooler in California.

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And the winner for best merch...

And the winner for best merch...

guardians of the galaxy cosmic rewind cassette player purse
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

This is the best item of merch we have seen for a ride and will probably be a hot commodity. Looks at it! It’s a cassette player with the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Awesome Mix. Perfection.

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These are also great though!

These are also great though!

Guardians of the Galaxy fanny pack and tank top
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

We love a fanny pack and tank top moment. This is more like it for Florida weather.

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Retro-future merch

Retro-future merch

EPCOT retro style Spaceship shirt featuring Spaceship Earth, the Benetar and the Starblaster
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

The retro future aesthetic perfectly marries the EPCOT brand Star-Lord would remember and the Guardians vibes we know from the films. It features EPCOT’s Spaceship Earth alongside The Benetar and a Starblaster.

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For all your cosmic beverage needs

For all your cosmic beverage needs

coasters and water bottles in retro colors and styles
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

The retro vibes don’t stop with these colors on coasters and old school looking water bottles.

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A cozy exclusive

A cozy exclusive

sweater, photo frame and notebook with Cosmic Rewind attraction
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

More long sleeves! We do like the attraction exclusive items like the sweater, notebook, and picture frame that feature the Cosmic Rewind attraction with Rocket and Groot.

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Green-skinned mannequin!

Green-skinned mannequin!

mannequins with Guardians of the Galaxy fashion
Photo: Sabina Graves/Gizmodo

The mannequin is green like Gamora with such a killer fit. All of this merch is too good and I cannot wait to go back and buy a few things. IS THAT A STAR-LORD HELMET?!

Let us know in the comments below if you’re excited for the ride and what items you are most looking forward to buying—if they’re not sold out thanks to flippers that is.

Correction 5/10/2022, 11:30 p.m. ET: A previous version of this post misstated the name of the ship on display.


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