If you consider yourself to be a Disney parks expert, get READY.
A BRAND new ride has hit the scene — Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind — and it’s brought a whole bunch of new details with it. From an epic soundtrack to appearances from celebrities, there’s a lot of big things to love. But what about those little details and fun easter eggs? Oh yeah, this ride is LOADED with those too! Here’s just a sampling of some of our very favorite ones you’ve GOT to look for when you get the chance to save the galaxy.
WARNING! This post contains spoilers about the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride. If you’re looking to stay spoiler-free, you’ll want to head to our spoiler-free review and bookmark this page to come back to on a later date.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Basics
Before we dive into the easter eggs, we just wanted to give you a quick rundown on the Guardians of the Galaxy Ride.
The coaster (which is actually one of the LONGEST indoor roller coasters ever built) puts you right at the center of a Guardians of the Galaxy adventure where you have to save the galaxy…again!
You’ll start your adventure by going through the Galaxarium. That’s a planatarium-like exhibit. There, you’ll get the chance to learn a bit about the differences and similarities between Xandar and Earth.
Then you’ll get to learn about some of the wonders of Xander, their technology, and more throughout other parts of the queue.
Just as your tour is about to come to an end, things get…interesting. Turns out an evil villain, a Celestial named Eson the Searcher, has been watching earth for a while and wants to “right a wrong in a big way.”
It’s up to you and the Guardians of the Galaxy to go on an urgent mission to save the world!
The coaster has a reverse launch, uses an omnicoaster system, and has lots more to enjoy. Recently, we got to experience the ride during a media preview event. It will officially be open on May 27th, 2022.
For more details on the ride, check out our FULL posts below:
- PHOTOS & VIDEOS: We rode Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind — Go inside with us!
- Get a first look at the queue for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
- Check out our SPOILER FREE review of the ride
- Will Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind make you BARF? What you need to know
But, enough about the big stuff — let’s get into the little things — the Easter Eggs!
1 — EPCOT Throwback
During the “Good Morning Xandar” pre-show portion in the ride queue (this is located in the Xandar Gallery), Star-Lord reminisces on EPCOT of the past.
Listen carefully and you’ll hear Star-Lord (also known as Peter Quill, played by Chris Pratt) talk about how excited he is to visit classic EPCOT from the 1980s!
He references several defunct EPCOT attractions, including Horizons, Universe of Energy, and the “Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit” song from Kitchen Kabaret. He may be in for some disappointment. Who is going to break it to him?
2 — Walt Disney and Progress City
Also in the queue, you can catch a glimpse of Walt Disney with an original schematic for Progress City.
You’ll also find a Xandarian City model in the queue which takes some inspiration from Disney’s Progress City model.
You can actually see a model of Progress City if you take a ride on the PeopleMover in Magic Kingdom!
3 — Hidden Mickey
There’s also a hidden Mickey in the Xandarian City model! You may need some eagle eyes to find it.
There it is! Look behind some of the skyscrapers to find the blue hidden Mickey.
If you find any more hidden Mickeys once the ride officially opens, let us know!
4 — Maelstrom Reference
In the queue, there was also a reference to Maelstrom, the dark ride in the Norway pavilion that was closed and replaced by Frozen Ever After. It appears as an “energy schematic.”
Maelstrom closed a number of years ago and it’s still missed by many EPCOT fans, so this is a tribute we think quite a few people will be pleased to see!
5 — Turkey Leg
In the Galaxarium portion of the queue, you might catch a glimpse of an iconic Disney snack. As the supercomputer strives to learn more about Terran (Earth) culture, it questions the fascination humans have with the turkey leg!
The computer asks, “Why only the leg? What about the rest of this creature?” Gotta love a Disney snack reference!
6 — Ellen’s Energy Adventure/Universe of Energy Reference
We noticed some throwbacks to the Universe of Energy and Ellen’s Energy Adventure, like on this column in the ride. The top left says Ellen, the top right says Alex, the bottom left says E=MC squared, and the bottom right says dino.
In case you didn’t know, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is now housed in the building that was once the Universe of Energy pavilion and Ellen’s Energy Adventure. What a fitting tribute!
7 — Universe of Energy Theme Song
You can also hear a bit of what sounds like an electric guitar version of the old Universe of Energy theme song as the Guardians “fly” into space right at the start of the ride. Listen for when the Celestial says “What is that noise?“
8 — Big Bang/Ding Dang
During the reverse launch, there’s a reference to some dialogue from Ellen’s Energy Adventure, which involved Ellen mishearing Bill Nye talking about the Big Bang. If you listen closely, you’ll hear Star-Lord say “Big Bang!” followed by Drax asking, “Ding dang?”
There are a lot of visuals AND dialogue to catch, so remember to keep your eyes and ears open during your ride!
9 — Schematics — XYX Axis
After the second pre-show, you get a look at the ship schematics, and you might be able to spot some fun references!
On the bottom right you can see the Universe of Energy symbol…
…and this is the partial Xandarian alphabet! You might catch references to the Xandarian language throughout the ride.
We kinda want to learn Xandarian now!
10 — Script changes
At the end of your ride, there’s a part during which the Guardians welcome you back to EPCOT. So far, we know about a few different scripts you may hear while the Guardians are talking to each other!
During one version you might hear them say, “Welcome to EPCOAT.” And a response: “I think it’s EPCOT.”
Or you might hear them note “Welcome to EPCOT.” With one asking, “Is that even a word?” And then the perfect response “Yeah! It means every person comes out tired.”
This Disney Parks TikTok sums up several easter eggs you might notice throughout Cosmic Rewind, most of which we’ve already mentioned above!
That’s a look at some of the very BEST easter eggs in Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind! We’re on the hunt for more easter eggs and will update this post when we find them.
What easter egg is your favorite? Tell us in the comments! And, as always, stay tuned for more Disney news!
What is your favorite easter egg on this ride? Tell us in the comments!
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