What Happens When Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind CLOSES in Disney World? We Found Out.

There are lots of new things happening in EPCOT!


The park is currently undergoing construction to introduce new features like a festival center a new Moana attraction, and more. One of the newest additions is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (which opened in May), but guests at the park recently might have noticed something amiss with this ride.

During a recent visit to EPCOT, we noticed that there were people standing around outside of the entrance to Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. We later found out that the ride was closed, which can get complicated for both people in the virtual queue and those who had purchased the Individual Lightning Lane.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind went down!

Cast Members initially let individuals with Lightning Lane selections into the queue but later closed the queue entirely. We spoke to a Cast Member who told us that individuals in the virtual queue or with an Individual Lightning Lane for the ride could return anytime once the ride reopened.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in EPCOT

Let’s go over the two ways to ride Cosmic Rewind — and what might happen if the ride goes down.

Virtual Queue

One way to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is known as the virtual queue, and guests must secure a boarding group in the virtual queue at 7AM. If you miss out on the 7AM queue, there is a second opportunity to try again at 1PM from inside EPCOT, which means you can’t rely on Park Hopping to secure it.


On Extended Evening Hours evenings, deluxe Disney World hotel guests can also enter a virtual queue at 6PM. The Extended Evening Hours schedule must also coincide with EPCOT.


Note that entering the virtual queue is free, but it isn’t always easy. You have to be FAST to get in, and if you forget to set your alarm you might miss out on your entry. Also, the virtual queue wait time typically takes around 30 minutes, but it can take longer.

Virtual Queue entrance

Disney will call your boarding group when it’s time for you to board, and you’re given a time to return by. The time you’re called depends on where you end up in the virtual queue, so you could end up waiting anywhere from an hour to three or four hours.


If you’d rather select a time that works with your EPCOT plans, you have another option — but it’ll cost you.

Learn our TOP tips for getting in Cosmic Rewind’s Virtual Queue here!

Individual Lightning Lane

The other way to ride Cosmic Rewind is to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for $17, with availability opening at 7AM for Disney World hotel guests. Everyone else can purchase beginning at park opening time. You can generally select a block of time to enter the Lightning Lane, which makes it easier to customize your day with other reservations you may have.

Cosmic Rewind queue

While people in the virtual queue essentially enter a standby line, choosing to purchase the pay-per-ride option lets you enter through the Lightning Lane, and you typically experience a shorter wait time than in the virtual queue.

Lightning Lane/DAS

If the boarding process still confuses you, don’t worry — we’ve got guides that break down the boarding group process. You can also weigh the pros and cons of grabbing a boarding group or purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane.

Should I try for a boarding group or pay to ride Cosmic Rewind?

What happens if Cosmic Rewind goes down?

When Cosmic Rewind went down, Cast Members weren’t able to share a reason for the ride’s closure or how long until it would be back up and running, but they did say that anyone with a virtual queue or an Individual Lightning Lane could enter the Cosmic Rewind queue once the ride was back up and running.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

But what if the ride doesn’t open for the rest of the day? When you sign up for the virtual queue, Disney states that this is not a guarantee that you’ll be able to ride Cosmic Rewind. Sometimes your boarding group isn’t able to be called and/or the ride goes down, which means, unfortunately, you could end up unable to ride.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is one of Disney’s newest rides

If you purchase an Individual Lightning Lane and the ride closes down before/during your time slot and for the rest of the day, guests generally receive a refund. But if the ride reopens at some point, you do not receive a refund, so it might be a good idea to stay close to EPCOT in case you aren’t sure when or if the ride could reopen.

Guests waiting to ride Guardians

If you’re in the area looking for other rides to experience in EPCOT, you can still catch a ride on Mission: SPACE or head to the other side of the park for a flight on Soarin’ if you’re looking for other rides in the area. As always, make sure to stay tuned to AllEars for the latest Disney news!

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3 Replies to “What Happens When Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind CLOSES in Disney World? We Found Out.”

  1. Had awesome opportunity on Christmas in July the 25th when my daughter got a virtual que that evening when park hopping for a ride at 930 pm. Loved the rise along with the whole family. My daughter woke up early the next morning and got 4th in the virtual que. We were at Boardwalk Villas and walked to Epcot that morning. We ended up 1st in the virtual que line and got in with 4 others. We waited once inside for awhile with many tests performed with ride engineers. Only 2 others came down for the opposite side and they left when given opportunity for a lightning lane to return later. They said at that point that it could take up to 1 hour. I told my family let’s wait since walk and wait would be longer for another ride and we were inside with air conditioning. It took about 3 to 5 minutes and we rode the ride 1st for the day for Disney Guests. Lived it yet again. Son said he had a big water drop get him as we entered the ride after we were done. Highly recommend for thrill seekers.

  2. I rode the Guardians of the Galaxy ride a couple weeks ago! W moved right along to the boarding. I did use lightning lane. The ride was awesome! My new favorite ride at Disney right after Figment! I’m 66 years young and I loved it! The coaster was so smooth! Highly recommend!

  3. I was able to ride Guardians of the Galaxy two weeks ago. I had watched all the videos I could to prepare me as I can get some amount of motion sickness. I also bought Sea Bands to wear as recommended by a neighbor. The virtual queue moved fairly quickly and remained more excited than anxious. The ride itself was way more “crazy” than the videos portrayed. It was fun but the fact that the cars do turn / spin did bother me more than I had hoped. The reverse launch was my favorite part. If I knew what a tornado felt like I would say it felt a bit like being in a tornado>