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News Guardians of the Galaxy attraction confirmed for Epcot

Imagineer777

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I wonder if the events of Endgame will factor into the storyline of this attraction, or if they're aiming to place it at a random, pre-IW time.
That's a good question! I've been working on a timeline that combines the MCU with the Disney Parks attractions, and certain things kept not adding up within the MCU that we know, for example:

-Peter still has his Walkman after the events of GOTG 2.

-The Milano is seen in perfect condition after Mantis is on the GOTG's team, even though it was destroyed and replaced by the Benetar.
Awesome Mix Live mentions this, referring to the Benetar even though Groot is still a baby in the show instead of a teenager; also mentions Drax and The Sovereign.

-Ant-Man and Iron Man teaming up, even though there's been little to no interaction between them since CW/Endgame.

-Wasp being an active part of the Avengers during Hydra attacks, which once again doesn't add up because of AMATW/IW/Endgame.

After seeing this, I did some research and came across this article which gave me a solution:

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If I had to guess, GOTG at EPCOT is probably set between GOTG 1 and 2, we see:

-Nova Corps/Xandarians.

-GOTG 2 outfits for Gamora and Rocket outside.

-Adult Groot inside and outside, GOTG 1 Quill, Gamora, and Rocket in the pre-show (more conflicting details).

-GOTG 1 & 2 Milano.

-Pre-show is set aboard Yondu's ship seen in GOTG 1 & 2 (before it exploded), The Eclector, as seen below in this handy dandy image I made!
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It also seems very coincidental that the multiverse is about to be introduced to us in Far From Home...
 
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lazyboy97o

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I wonder if the events of Endgame will factor into the storyline of this attraction, or if they're aiming to place it at a random, pre-IW time.
That's a good question! I've been working on a timeline that combines the MCU with the Disney Parks attractions, and certain things kept not adding up within the MCU that we know, for example:
The theme park attractions do not exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They are a similar but distinct universe.
 

RSoxNo1

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That's a good question! I've been working on a timeline that combines the MCU with the Disney Parks attractions, and certain things kept not adding up within the MCU that we know, for example:

-Peter still has his Walkman after the events of GOTG 2.

-The Milano is seen in perfect condition after Mantis is on the GOTG's team, even though it was destroyed and replaced by the Benetar.
Awesome Mix Live mentions this, referring to the Benetar even though Groot is still a baby in the show instead of a teenager; also mentions Drax and The Sovereign.

-Ant-Man and Iron Man teaming up, even though there's been little to no interaction between them since CW/Endgame.

-Wasp being an active part of the Avengers during Hydra attacks, which once again doesn't add up because of AMATW/IW/Endgame.

After seeing this, I did some research and came across this article which gave me a solution:

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If I had to guess, GOTG at EPCOT is probably set between GOTG 1 and 2, we see:

-Nova Corps/Xandarians.

-GOTG 2 outfits for Gamora and Rocket outside.

-Adult Groot inside and outside, GOTG 1 Quill, Gamora, and Rocket in the pre-show (more conflicting details).

-GOTG 1 & 2 Milano.

-Pre-show is set aboard Yondu's ship seen in GOTG 1 & 2 (before it exploded), The Eclector, as seen below in this handy dandy image I made!
View attachment 379539

It also seems very coincidental that the multiverse is about to be introduced to us in Far From Home...
I know at a time, they were looking to have all of the Marvel rides effectively take place in the theme park location they're in. It makes them be a bit self aware from a story telling standpoint and it's safe to assume the Guardians ride at Epcot will hold true to that. The Peter Quill visited Epcot as a kid backstory supports this.
 

Mac Tonight

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I know at a time, they were looking to have all of the Marvel rides effectively take place in the theme park location they're in. It makes them be a bit self aware from a story telling standpoint and it's safe to assume the Guardians ride at Epcot will hold true to that. The Peter Quill visited Epcot as a kid backstory supports this.
Worst. Backstory. Ever.

What's interesting though is that with SW, they're taking the completely opposite approach. Trying to make it seem like you're actually on a remote planet outpost in the galaxy. I guess you gotta draw the line of immersion somewhere.
 

RSoxNo1

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Worst. Backstory. Ever.

What's interesting though is that with SW, they're taking the completely opposite approach. Trying to make it seem like you're actually on a remote planet outpost in the galaxy. I guess you gotta draw the line of immersion somewhere.
I disagree. When the ride was a rumor, myself and others threw that backstory out there as a workable story treatment. The problem is, I suspect it won't be a major component of the attraction. They could make this attraction a love letter to classic Epcot with that backstory but there have been zero indications that's the move that they're going to do.
 

MickeyMario

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Also, Epcot is a different park, in that it's not meant to transport you to a different time and place.

The park itself is the place, the world's fair.

So, having Guardians take place in the actual park works, in that sense
(even though the ride is obviously in the wrong park)
 
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Mac Tonight

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I disagree. When the ride was a rumor, myself and others threw that backstory out there as a workable story treatment. The problem is, I suspect it won't be a major component of the attraction. They could make this attraction a love letter to classic Epcot with that backstory but there have been zero indications that's the move that they're going to do.
Unless they're going to bring in classic Epcot along for the ride (so to speak), it just seems like cheap pandering justification for including an attraction where it doesn't belong.
 

RSoxNo1

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Unless they're going to bring in classic Epcot along for the ride (so to speak), it just seems like cheap pandering justification for including an attraction where it doesn't belong.
I absolutely believe you're correct, but the backstory that Peter Quill visited Epcot as a kid could work as a reasonable theme. I (like you) just have doubts on the execution/story treatment.
 

MisterPenguin

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Also, Epcot is a different park, in that it's not meant to transport you to a different time and place.

The park itself is the place, the world's fair.

So, having Guardians take place in the actual park works, in that sense
(even though the ride is obviously in the wrong park)
It's the same conceit for the Awesome Mix show at the American Pavilion. The Xandarians are there to share their culture and music since World Showcase is a cultural exchange.

Then Star Lord comes out and shows them the true American imperialist spirit by making them assume American music and culture.
 

Mac Tonight

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No, it's a story treatment. From there you can make it a time travel attraction or some other self aware version that pays tribute to classic Epcot.
lol, I just cringe at the idea that they literally gutted "classic Epcot" to make way for a new IP-infused attraction that would pay homage to "classic Epcot". They should have just updated UOE and put GOTG in RnRC.
 

WDWFREAK53

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lol, I just cringe at the idea that they literally gutted "classic Epcot" to make way for a new IP-infused attraction that would pay homage to "classic Epcot". They should have just updated UOE and put GOTG in RnRC.
What do you gain by doing that? You just remove a coaster and replace with a coaster. You take a dying/dead attraction and revive it...
I'm not for "Marvel" being in Epcot but if you're just retheming the Rock n Rollercoaster, it doesn't really give you any "gains."

Universe of Energy, from its inception lacked any real "energy." Just the opposite, it drained you of energy. Apart from the dinosaur room it was a pretty bland attraction IMO.

If the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster uses the Anulax Batteries as a basis for the story, the theme of "energy" is still there. Is it ideal? Heck no...but at least it would show that they're trying to keep the original theme of the pavilion and tell a story with these characters.
 

MickeyMario

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What do you gain by doing that? You just remove a coaster and replace with a coaster. You take a dying/dead attraction and revive it...
I'm not for "Marvel" being in Epcot but if you're just retheming the Rock n Rollercoaster, it doesn't really give you any "gains."
You gain thematic consistency for the parks

And losing a dark ride for another coaster in the dark isn't a gain just because it's a coaster
 

Mac Tonight

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What do you gain by doing that? You just remove a coaster and replace with a coaster. You take a dying/dead attraction and revive it...
I'm not for "Marvel" being in Epcot but if you're just retheming the Rock n Rollercoaster, it doesn't really give you any "gains."

Universe of Energy, from its inception lacked any real "energy." Just the opposite, it drained you of energy. Apart from the dinosaur room it was a pretty bland attraction IMO.

If the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster uses the Anulax Batteries as a basis for the story, the theme of "energy" is still there. Is it ideal? Heck no...but at least it would show that they're trying to keep the original theme of the pavilion and tell a story with these characters.
While that may be, it also just keeps proving that they know very little about what made Epcot so special to so many. It wasn't familiar characters, heck, it wasn't even thrill rides.

Yes, overlaying GOTG at RnRC is just a replacement instead of an addition. But that park needs whatever fresh blood it can come across. At least they had the foresight to not butcher TOT like they did out west.
 

RSoxNo1

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lol, I just cringe at the idea that they literally gutted "classic Epcot" to make way for a new IP-infused attraction that would pay homage to "classic Epcot". They should have just updated UOE and put GOTG in RnRC.
I agree, it's convoluted as h*ll but I'd accept it over some of the other Epcot decisions over the last 15-20 years.
What do you gain by doing that? You just remove a coaster and replace with a coaster. You take a dying/dead attraction and revive it...
I'm not for "Marvel" being in Epcot but if you're just retheming the Rock n Rollercoaster, it doesn't really give you any "gains."

Universe of Energy, from its inception lacked any real "energy." Just the opposite, it drained you of energy. Apart from the dinosaur room it was a pretty bland attraction IMO.

If the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster uses the Anulax Batteries as a basis for the story, the theme of "energy" is still there. Is it ideal? Heck no...but at least it would show that they're trying to keep the original theme of the pavilion and tell a story with these characters.
I wanted them to define Future World vs. Tomorrowland during this. The easy distinction I would have made was that Tomorrowland was the version of the future grounded in movies while Future World was the version of the future grounded in "Scientific" principles.

I've suggested it in the past that a rebuilt Space Mountain could move to Epcot under that scenario and you could justify a Guardians and Tron coaster in Tomorrowland.
 

Imagineer777

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What do you gain by doing that? You just remove a coaster and replace with a coaster. You take a dying/dead attraction and revive it...
I'm not for "Marvel" being in Epcot but if you're just retheming the Rock n Rollercoaster, it doesn't really give you any "gains."

Universe of Energy, from its inception lacked any real "energy." Just the opposite, it drained you of energy. Apart from the dinosaur room it was a pretty bland attraction IMO.

If the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster uses the Anulax Batteries as a basis for the story, the theme of "energy" is still there. Is it ideal? Heck no...but at least it would show that they're trying to keep the original theme of the pavilion and tell a story with these characters.
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