Disney has revealed its innovative and record-breaking ride vehicles from the Guardians of the Galaxy indoor roller coaster attraction coming to Epcot.
During a breakfast panel at this week's IAAPA 2018, Disney's Bob Chapek described them as "storytelling" ride vehicles, according to EW. The cars are made to resemble the ships from the films and are designed to rotate at various stories unfolding around during the duration of the ride. The one-of-a-kind experience will be somewhat of a hybrid between Space Mountain and the Frozen Ever After ride, offering a mix between a thrill and a dark ride, Travel+Leisure reports.
"On most coasters, the vehicles point straight ahead throughout the ride,” said Chapek. "But on this attraction, each individual cab will be programmed to direct your eye to the story happening around you. That means instead of whizzing by the action, you’ll be fully immersed in the story from the minute you launch."
Each four-seat ride vehicle will be programmed to orientate riders towards the gamut of exciting things taking place throughout the experience, all while plunging, sloping and whooshing along. Riders will surely get the adrenaline rush they seek when they come face to face with Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and the others, completely immersed in their favorite characters' thrilling world.
The attraction will be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters when it opens in Future World at Epcot. Earlier this year, 960 trucks’ worth of concrete poured the foundation of this Herculean attraction, which will be located inside a building so large that the volume of four Spaceship Earth attractions could fit inside it, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Bob Chapek added that the attraction will be part of a multi-year transformation of Epcot that will focus on honoring the park’s original visitor, making it more timeless, more relevant, more family-friendly, and also "more Disney".
Disney’s new Marvel coaster currently has no specific opening date, but will welcome its first guests in 2021 as part of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. It is only one of the many Marvel experiences opening around the world in the coming years. Disney California Adventure, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland will all be opening new experiences themed to Ant-Man, Spider-Man, The Avengers, Iron Man, and more, bringing the popular blockbuster movies to your vacation in ways never experienced before.