Disney Announces Lightning Lane Pricing for Cosmic Rewind
By the time you read this, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will likely be up and running at EPCOT!
So, we’ve got a few new details about how Disney’s latest roller coaster will work. Read on to learn more…
Lightning Lane Pricing
We had expected the Lightning Lane price for Cosmic Rewind to cost a lot. I’ve got good news and bad news on this front.
The Guardians of the Galaxy ride won’t start as the most expensive Lightning Line attraction at the parks.
That distinction belongs to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland, which tops out at $20.
However, you will pay a lot for Cosmic Rewind. In fact, it’ll represent the most expensive Lightning Lane at Walt Disney World.
The price starts this weekend at $17. That number comes with an asterisk, though. Remember that it’s debuting on Memorial Day Weekend.
Disney employs a tiered pricing system for all Lightning Lane attractions. So, everything will cost more through Memorial Day.
Disney has indicated that the price drops to $14 for a Cosmic Rewind Lightning Lane on Tuesday. As such, I view that as the default price.
If that statement proves accurate, Cosmic Rewind’s base price is lower than Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which charges $15.
Conversely, if $17 for Cosmic Rewind proves to be the base, it becomes the most expensive Lightning Lane option at Walt Disney World.
More about Guardians of the Galaxy
Since the big day has arrived, let’s quickly recap everything we know about Cosmic Rewind.
The ride will require virtual queueing to access. You will have two opportunities to book a Boarding Group each day.
Those windows begin at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. A third window will open at 6 p.m. for Extended Evening Theme Park Hours.
So, even if you’re using your DVC Points to stay at a Deluxe Disney Tier resort, you must still snag a Boarding Group.
EPCOT’s current Extended Evening Theme Park Hours schedule includes the following dates:
- May 30th
- June 6th
- June 13th
- June 20th
- June 27th
- July 4th
- July 11th
- July 18th
- July 25th
- August 1st
So, if you visit the park on any of these Mondays, you’ll gain a third chance at the Cosmic Rewind virtual queue.
Notably, the ride won’t employ a standby queue at all during its earliest weeks in operation.
Guests who use the Disability Access Service (DAS) will also need a Boarding Group.
Simply stated, you’re not riding this attraction without a Boarding Group or a Lightning Lane. Those are the only two options for the time being.
Other Things to Know
You’ll want to spend some time in the Wonders of Xandar pavilion. Disney Imagineers have genuinely outdone themselves in designing this space.
Here’s a video:
Similarly, Treasures of Xandar marries the shopping experience with a celebration of all things Guardians of the Galaxy:
Also, you should understand that this roller coaster comes with tremendous repeat value.
Peter Quill’s soundtrack highlights six different songs. As a result, the ride experience plays out differently depending on the musical tone.
- Conga – Miami Sound Machine
- Disco Inferno – The Trammps
- Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears
- I Ran – Flock of Seagulls
- One Way Or The Other – Blondie
- September – Earth, Wind & Fire
If this premise sounds familiar, it should. Disney California Adventure does the same thing with Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
I don’t have any information about wait times yet, but I hope to update you on this aspect in a week or so.
Obviously, Cosmic Rewind will be mobbed during the holiday weekend, though.
If you’re visiting EPCOT, you should calibrate your expectations about how long you’ll need to experience this one attraction.
Disney handled the opening of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure quite well, but you may still remember the Frozen Ever After opening day debacle.
To a larger point, the early reviews for Cosmic Rewind are absolutely glowing.
However, those of you who are prone to nausea may want to take some Dramamine before boarding. There are some reports of motion sickness.
Then again, that’s par for the course with any new thrill ride.