According to a new project update at Marvel, the ride, which Disney is pitching as a “storytelling coaster,” shouldn’t have any problems stoking Peter Quill’s fragile ego. It’ll easily be the biggest coaster not only at Walt Disney World, but one of the biggest indoor coasters on the entire planet.
In fact, in a manner of speaking, it’ll even be able to swallow a planet. Making totally appropriate use of an exclamation point, Marvel says the Guardians-inspired attraction “will be housed inside a building so large that the volume of four of Epcot’s Spaceship Earth attractions could fit inside it!”
Spaceship Earth, Epcot’s iconic geodesic sphere located at the center of Future World, has served as the park’s visual landmark; Epcot’s answer to The Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle, ever since the park first opened in 1982.
Marvel also showed off some new concept images of the coaster car that’ll be taking guests on their tour of the Guardians universe, with Disney’s Bob Chapek explaining the coaster will combine the adventure of an immersive story with the traditional thrills of a roller coaste. To achieve the immersive effect, each car will have the autonomous capability to pivot in the direction of the story action it’s closest to.
“On most coasters, the vehicles point straight ahead throughout the ride,” he explained. “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.”
Epcot laid the foundation for the ride back in May, in a marathon day-long concrete pour that required 80.4 miles of rebar and 960 trucks’ worth of concrete. Work has been warping ahead ever since, with the goal of opening the still-unnamed coaster in time for the Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th anniversary, which arrives in 2021.