Disney shared several weeks ago that Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will (at least for now) will not offer a standby line, and will instead require guests to obtain a boarding group via a virtual queue in order to ride. In addition to a virtual queue, Cosmic Rewind will also be available as an Individual Lightning Lane selection (or pay-per-ride selection) via Disney Genie.
All Disney World guests can try to join the virtual queue for Cosmic Rewind at 7AM, and then again at 1PM. The virtual queue will also open again at 6PM on select nights for Disney World hotel guests that are eligible for Extended Evening Hours. Extended Evening Hours are essentially the replacement for Extra Magic Hours where select Disney World hotel guests are able to stay in the parks after they have closed to the other guests.
Once you have secured a space in the virtual queue, you will be given a boarding group, and an estimated amount of time until you will be able to get on the ride. You are only able to join the virtual queue for a ride once per day, so if you are able to successfully able to join at 7AM, you are not able to join again at 1PM.
When it comes to Individual Lightning Lanes, Disney World hotel guests are eligible to purchase and reserve a time beginning at 7AM the morning of their visit to the park. All other guests are able to purchase Individual Lightning Lane reservations when the park where the ride is located opens. So for example, if you want to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, non-Disney World hotel guests can make that purchase when EPCOT opens.
You can also only purchase one Individual Lightning Lane for an attraction per park per day, and only two Individual Lightning Lane selections each day, no matter the attraction. With all that information, it would seem like you can only ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind once per day, but is that true?
There might be a way to ride Cosmic Rewind twice! If you can secure a boarding group for the ride, and also purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for the ride, it stands to reason that you could ride it twice: once with your boarding group, and once with your Lightning Lane!
We were wondering if this would work, so we stopped by Guest Relations in EPCOT, and asked! There, a Cast Member told us that theoretically, this would work! A guest could ride the coaster twice, once with the virtual queue, and once with their Lightning Lane.
We saw this in action with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, which also opened with a virtual queue and as an Individual Lightning lane offering. We had success riding twice in one day by using the virtual queue and purchasing a Lightning Lane, so it makes sense that the same would be true for Cosmic Rewind!
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Have you ridden Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind yet? Let us know in the comments!