I have been on every attraction at Walt Disney World. Yep – I even got on Astro Orbiter (although I’m pretty sure I couldn’t do it again!). I pride myself on being able to say I’ve done them all at least once. But in fairness, when Mission Space came out in 2003 I was still pretty young and there was no green side. While I struggled with Mission Space back then, there is NO WAY I could handle the orange side now.
So here I am, starting to wonder:
Am I getting too old for the new Disney attractions?
I feel like when a new attraction is announced I start to worry that THIS will be the one I just can’t do. I started to think that about Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at Epcot before it even opened.
I don’t watch spoilers (although in hindsight I should have!) but I did ask my friends how they felt about the ride. These were my two big issues – no spoilers and advice from my friends.
I had friends that said it was great, it was fast but smooth and that I would love it.
Then I had one friend tell me her husband felt pretty sick afterwards.
That was all I needed to hear – I heard a bunch of great reviews saying it was fast and smooth and then I heard one that wasn’t. Guess which one I focused on?
Will I get sick on the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at Epcot?
My friends Curtis and Alek are local and had experienced it multiple times, they wanted to be with me for my first ride. My podcast co-host Carrie and I had planned to ride it together a couple of days later.
I spent the day working in my hotel and Curtis and Alek picked me up at dinner time. I had spent the whole day thinking I didn’t want to get sick so I decided not to eat lunch (why tempt it?). I also took some Gravol (the Canadian equivalent of Dramamine) and I was ready to go. But to be truthful – I was really worked up.
We got in the line and I was focused on remaining calm. The line was fun and the pre-show was entertaining. Curtis and Alek did their best to keep me distracted and just kept telling me I would be ok.
We got to the cars, moment of truth… and we are in the LAST ROW! At least I can focus on the back of Alek’s head this way right?
Now remember I said earlier that I wish I had seen some spoilers? I’m about to give one now… so if you don’t want any spoilers – don’t read anymore.
If you’re still reading then you’re ok with spoilers.
We are in the car and they start to move to get ready for launch. We go through a fun little bit that’s slow moving while we get some info from Star Lord and others. At this point I’m feeling pretty good….But wait.. we have turned and we are reversed! I turned to Curtis and said “please tell me they don’t launch us backwards?” and no sooner did I get the words out of my mouth and we were GONE – backwards of course!I believe THIS backward launch might have been my big issue. I was not mentally prepared for this and I was disoriented because of it. It is dark with lots of lights and screens and visually impressive, but I couldn’t focus. The track is VERY smooth, so no bumps at all, but it’s very FLUID – so you rotate a bit as you move through, almost like you’re swinging.
I don’t think I caught my breath after the initial launch. I screamed like a schoolgirl the ENTIRE ride. I was calling for my Mum and Dad and anyone else who could come save me…. my throat was sore for 3 days after!
We got off the ride and I could tell the Alek and Curtis were both concerned about me, but I was ok. My legs were a little wobbly, which is why I think it’s a bit crazy they have STAIRS at the end!
But… I was ok. We got outside and did some photopass shots.I wasn’t SICK – and after about 5 minutes I felt pretty normal. In fact we went for dinner where I had a burger and fries and this lovely treat! I highly recommend the waffle at Creations.
Would I ride it again? I don’t know. I’ve watched some videos now that I’m home and I know now how it all works. I still don’t think I want to try it again. I’ve done it once… do I really need to do it again? Carrie and I talked about it on the podcast because she had a very different experience than I did.
Maybe I’ll just leave this attraction for the young ones, and I’ll get a waffle and wait for them there. It didn’t make me feel yucky like Star Tours does, but it’s a “thrill” that I probably don’t need.
If you want to hear about Carrie’s initial experience you can listen to it on episode 148 of the podcast where she does NOT mention it goes backwards!
Have you experienced Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind? Were you sick or did you love it? Let us know in the comments below!