A ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Roller Coaster Is Coming to Epcot, Plus New International Marvel Rides
If you’re a Marvel fan who lives on the west coast, or close enough to Disneyland for a vacation, you’re lucky to already have a Guardians of the Galaxy ride at California Adventure (RIP Tower of Terror). But those located closer to Florida will soon get to go on their very own intergalactic adventure with Star-Lord & Co. At the D23 Expo in Japan this past weekend, the studio unveiled plans for an upcoming Guardians ride, set to open at Epcot in 2021.
We’ve know since last summer that the Orlando, Florida theme park was getting a new Guardians ride, but now we know what it will be: a roller coaster, and more specifically, one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world. The ride doesn’t have an official name yet or details, but the Disney Parks blog describes it as a “one-of-a-kind family attraction” with a story being created by Walt Disney Imagineering. It’s set to open in time for Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021. A Ratatouille ride, which will be a copy of the current one in Disneyland Paris where riders get shrunken down to the size of Remy (um, that sounds awesome), will also open in Epcot that year.
If you’re not located in the states, or you’re planning to travel sometime soon, there’s more Marvel to look forward to at international Disney theme parks. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disneyland Paris will be retooled as a Marvel attraction where guests can team up with Iron Man and other Avengers for a “high-speed, hyper-kinetic adventure.” And if you book a stay at Disney’s Hotel New York – which, confusingly enough, will actually be in Paris and not New York – you can stay in Marvel-themed rooms, draped in all the Marvel decorations you could dream of. Check out some concept art for the ride and the rooms below.
Some major Marvel additions are headed to Hong Kong Disneyland as well. The Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek announced an entire Marvel-themed area, plus a new Marvel ride where visitors can “team up with Ant-Man and The Wasp to fight Arnim Zola and his army of Hydra swarm bots.” Better start saving up for a vacation, or three.
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