Want to ride Walt Disney World’s NEWEST attraction on your next trip to EPCOT? Here’s how to do so!
First I want to note that you will have TWO ways to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind when it officially opens at EPCOT on May 27.
The first is through the Virtual Queue process (which I’ll be walking you through in this post).
The second is by purchasing access to the ride as an Individual Lightning Lane attraction. You can read about Genie+ and the Individual Lightning Lane attractions right here.
If you’re hoping to utilize the FREE Virtual Queue to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT, keep reading!
Download & Familiarize Yourself with the My Disney Experience App
If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to download the My Disney Experience app to the phone you’ll be bringing with you on your Walt Disney World vacation.
This app is not only utilized for booking Genie+ selections, mobile ordering food, checking showtimes, etc. while on your vacation; it is also the app you’ll use to join the Virtual Queue for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
Virtual Queue Join Time for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
You will need to join the Virtual Queue via the My Disney Experience app at exactly 7am — don’t wait until 7:01am because all of the Virtual Queue slots may already be gone for the morning.
Even if EPCOT opens at 8:30am, you must join the Virtual Queue at 7am (from your hotel, your car, wherever you are).
Note that if you are unable to join the Virtual Queue at 7am, the Virtual Queue will open again at 1pm — but you must be inside EPCOT to try to join the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Virtual Queue at 1pm.
Steps to Join the Virtual Queue for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
A few minutes before 7am, on the My Disney Experience app home page, click Join Virtual Queue in the Walt Disney World Virtual Queue section.
On the next screen, you will then be asked to Confirm Your Party.
After clicking Confirm Your Party you’ll come to the next screen.
If you see someone missing from your party on this screen, click Change Party to update that.
Note that everyone in your party must have valid admission and an EPCOT Park Pass Reservation to join the Virtual Queue.
Once the clock hits 6:59am, you’ll want to start clicking the Refresh button.
At 7am that button will update and allow you to Join the Virtual Queue.
You’ll then see the confirmation screen that shows which Boarding Group number you have been assigned and an estimated wait until your Boarding Group is called. This wait time updates throughout the day, so keep an eye on it!
Once it’s your turn to ride, you’ll receive a push notification and your status will be updated within the app.
There are also signs posted throughout the park that let you know what Boarding Groups are currently able to ride.
NEW Additional Virtual Queue Join Time for Guests of Disney Deluxe Resorts
Disney is introducing an ADDITIONAL Virtual Queue time for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
Registered guests staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort, Disney Deluxe Villa Resort or other select hotels will have an additional opportunity to request to join the virtual queue at 6 p.m. on select dates during extended evening theme park hours. Guests with this benefit do not need to be in EPCOT to request to join at that time.
This benefit is available to guests at the following resorts:
Disney Deluxe Resorts
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
- Disney’s Beach Club Villas
- Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
- Disney’s Riviera Resort
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Other Select Hotels
- Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
- Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
- Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
- Shades of Green
On the following days:
Upcoming EPCOT Extended Evening Theme Park Hours (9pm – 11pm)
- Monday, May 30
- Monday, June 6
- Monday, June 13
- Monday, June 20
- Monday, June 27
- Monday, July 4
- Monday, July 11
- Monday, July 18
- Monday, July 25
That means if you’re staying at one of the above listed resorts during any of these upcoming dates, you’ll be able to join the Extended Evening Hours Virtual Queue at 6pm.
If you have a park hopper ticket, you can spend your day at any of the other 3 Walt Disney World parks and then hop to EPCOT for the evening hours!
How Long Do I have After My Boarding Group has been Called to Ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind?
One Hour from the time you receive your Time-to-Ride notification.
Something to note is that if the ride breaks down during your assigned one hour window, you can then return to the ride at any point that day once it’s operating again. You no longer have to worry about the one hour window.
Can I use DAS with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind?
Yes you can. When your boarding group is called speak with the cast member at the attraction and let them know you have a DAS pass.
They will verify your boarding group time and DAS pass and allow you to immediately enter the queue via the Lightning Lane line. You will not be assigned a return time.
Does Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind have a Height Requirement?
It does! Guests must be 42″ to experience this new attraction.
Can I use Rider Switch with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind?
Yes, you can!
You can read how Rider Switch works right here!
Is the Ride Appropriate for Someone with Motion Sickness?
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to experience this attraction yet personally but I have heard that it’s definitely a coaster that is quite thrilling and one that you may want to skip if you’re prone to motion sickness.
Is it Possible to Ride More than Once in a Day?
Yes it is. You could ride via the FREE Virtual Queue AND purchase access as an Individual Lightning Lane attraction.
I hope this information is helpful! I can’t wait to experience this new attraction and test the Virtual Queue process once it’s available on May 27!
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