It’s save the galaxy time. Again. The first roller coaster to come to Epcot in Walt Disney World is a big one and features some of your kids favorite Marvel superheroes. You KNOW they will be asking if they can go on it! Since it’s an indoor coaster, it may be a little harder to judge if the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster is kid-friendly and ok for your children. This parents ride guide will help you decide if Disney’s Cosmic Rewind is too scary for kids in your household. Affiliate Links may be included in this post.
This Parents Ride Guide is part of a series focusing on the elements of Disney World and Disneyland attractions that might be unexpectedly scary for your kids. This post will mention details that could be considered spoilers, so please read with caution.
About Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind At Disney World
From the Walt Disney World Website:
Take off on an intergalactic chase through space and time with the Guardians of the Galaxy. (GOTG)
This attraction is located at Epcot in Disney World and opens on May 27, 2022.
Disney is calling this a family-thrill attraction, but what exactly does that mean? Is Cosmic Rewind too scary for kids? Here’s what families need to know before riding this all-new attraction at Epcot.
Will Cosmic Rewind Have A Standby Line?
Not at this time. You will NOT be able to walk up and ride this attraction on opening day (or for the near future).
The only two options you have for riding GOTG Cosmic Rewind will be through Genie+ Individual Lightning Lane purchase OR by joining the virtual queue for a boarding group.
This post provides information on using Genie+ and Individual Lighting Lane at Epcot.
Read this post for the hacks to joining Cosmic Rewind virtual queue boarding groups.
Is Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Too Scary For Kids? Parents Guide To Rides At Disney
As always, you know your child best.
Disney doesn’t try to make rides that are too scary for kids, but some children may have unexpected reactions to certain experiences at Disney World or Disneyland.
This parent ride guide to GOTG Cosmic Rewind will let you know about elements that kids may find concerning or scary before you get in line.
In this series, we’ll run down the ride basics to include if there are flashing lights, loud noises, spins, drops, jump scare elements, dark moments, scary themes, and overall general speed or intensity.
What Does The Ride Vehicle Look Like For Cosmic Rewind’?
This is a traditional roller coaster train, that is anything but traditional. More on that in a minute.
There are 5 ride vehicles per train, with 2 rows seating 2 people each. The ride vehicle for Cosmic Rewind is called a Starjumper.
If you want a less intense experience, we suggest asking for the front of the train. If you want as wild a ride as possible, kindly and politely request the back row.
If the cast members are not able to accommodate you, please know that every row is an excellent experience at this attraction!
The Starjumper is roomy enough for pooh-size folks and has individual locking lap bars.
You feel secure and safe for your adventure through space.
Darkness May Make Guardians Cosmic Rewind Too Scary For Some Kids
The attraction is essentially a coaster that takes place inside a planetarium.
If your child has been on Rock N Roller Coaster or Space Mountain and found the darkness element of the attraction too scary, this may not be the ride for them.
The entire coaster track runs through “space.” While the projections and props you “fly” past will shed some light on the attraction, it is still a very dark ride.
There is also a moment in the pre-show where the entire room is plunged into darkness. It is an abrupt transition but it also only lasts a few seconds (10-15 or so).
This could cause kids’ anxiety to spike if they are already concerned about riding the GOTG roller coaster.
Tall Heights In Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind
Cosmic Rewind may be too scary for kids who do not like heights or the feeling of being far up.
This one is a little harder to explain, but the coaster track has the vehicles flying through space, and you actually do feel like you are in a spaceship surrounded by the stars.
Most Toddlers are not at the 42-inch height requirement, so they won’t be able to ride this attraction.
If they are, however, this is one of those cases where being tall enough doesn’t always mean “ready enough.”
Is Cosmic Rewind Too Scary: Jump Scares, Loudness, And Bright Lights
There are no true jump scares in this attraction.
Cosmic Rewind is A LOT when it comes to sounds and lights. It may be too scary in this sense for children who do not like loud noises or flashing lights.
And it starts during the two pre-show rooms where there are some moments where flashing and loud whirring noises could be a bit too much for some children.
Consider covering their ears, using headphones, or closing their eyes if it is too intense.
On the GOTG roller coaster, you will hear loud rock music as well as chatter from the Guardians as you fly through space.
There are six song choices you may experience on the attraction from Star-Lord’s Awesome Mixed Tape:
- Disco Inferno
- I Ran
- Everybody Wants To Rule The World
- One Way Or Another
You do not get to choose your song; it is randomly provided by the ride.
Are There Drops?
Not exactly, but there are some changes in elevation during the ride.
You go up and down but there is not a traditional roller coaster drop to worry about on this one.
This is a reverse launch coaster.
Think Rock N Roller Coaster or Incredicoaster- but going up the initial hill backward. There isn’t a drop, however, immediately after the launch.
Does Cosmic Rewind Go Upside Down?
No, the GOTG roller coaster at Epcot does not go upside down or have any inversions.
Will My Child Experience Motion Sickness On Cosmic Rewind?
You do dip and swirl around in your Starjumper with some quick rotations from your individual ride vehicle. This is unlike any other roller coaster Disney has created.
Tummy tickling can happen at certain moments (there’s one big corkscrew turn around the moon that got us every time!).
We rode it multiple times in one day and did not experience any motion sickness in our party.
However, many people *are* experiencing motion sickness from this attraction. If your child has a history of motion sickness, this may not be the ride for them.
We think the potential is there, particularly if you focus on the screens, for motion sickness.
But closing your eyes or looking at the general space around you vs the screen with action sequences may help.
This ride does have a villain who we are chasing through the galaxy.
He’s not particularly scary (he’s a robot-looking guy) but he is trying to go back in time and erase all of humanity.
Obviously, that’s a scary concept!
But once the ride starts and you are listening to the music and flying through space, we think the “scary” factor melts away and shouldn’t bother most kids.
This attraction is pure joy! Think of it as a floating cosmic dance party.
Is Cosmic Rewind Too Scary For Kids: Speed
This ride is fast and thrilling and has a decent level of speed to it. The official speed has not been announced by Disney just yet.
While it’s fast, Cosmic Rewind has a super smooth track and a rotating ride vehicle that doesn’t make it feel like you are going too fast.
While we *know* it’s got some speed (check out the hair flying in the picture!), it doesn’t feel like an incredibly scary attraction from this point of view.
Age Rating: What Ages of Kids Can Ride Cosmic Rewind?
This is one of those your mileage may vary situations. You know your kid best. An anxious child may have a hard time riding this one.
Cosmic Rewind’s height requirement is 42 inches, which is about the size of an average 6-year-old. Kids under 6 probably aren’t old enough to ride, no matter how fearless they may be.
If you have a thrill-loving first-grader, then they won’t have a problem on this ride.
However, if your 6-year-old is still more comfortable with the Barnstormer vs Space Mountain, then you’ll want to wait a bit for this one.
Due to the rotating, intensity, speed, and darkness, we’d suggest sticking to kids 8 and up for this attraction.
Will There Be Rider Swap For Kids Who Do Not Wish To Ride?
Yes! The Rider Swap program will be available for families with children who do not meet the height requirement or do not wish to ride.
Ask a Cast Member at check-in for assistance.
Do My Kids Need To Watch The Guardians of the Galaxy Movies Before Riding Cosmic Rewind?
The Guardians are featured in the attraction, but knowing their background is not 100% necessary to enjoy this ride. You do not need to watch the movies beforehand.
Is it helpful to watch Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 1 or Vol 2) before riding Cosmic Rewind?
Absolutely. Disney loves telling a story and this roller coaster totally comes with one that loosely ties to the movies.
Knowing why certain jokes and reactions from the characters will enhance the love of this thrill ride at Epcot.
But the Guardians movies are rated PG-13 (mostly for language and violence) so you may want to skip them if your family is sensitive to either issue.
Watch The Full Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Ride Through
To prepare yourself or your child, we always suggest YouTube videos of attractions.
Here is one for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at Epcot you may enjoy. The actual ride portion starts around 9:24.