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2021 Opening Date Confirmed for New Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster

Though it had been rumored for almost two years, Disney finally confirmed during the 2017 D23 Expo in Anaheim that a Guardians of the Galaxy-inspired attraction will be added to Future World sometime in the next few years. And though details were sparse when the attraction was first announced, over this past  weekend Disney Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, shared some additional details about what this ride will actually be like at the D23 Fan Expo in Japan. And perhaps unsurprisingly, a lot of what was confirmed lined up with some well-sourced rumors that popped up the past few months...

1. This attraction is going to be a HUGE roller coaster

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Though concept art for this attraction shows a barely-changed Universe of Energy building as well as a pre-show room, Disney has been fairly mum about what kind of attraction this might actually be. And while rumors circulated last year that this new attraction would be an indoor roller coaster of some sort, it was finally confirmed during the Epcot 35th anniversary that this attraction would indeed be a roller coaster. But if you were expecting the next Space Mountain, you'd actually be quite wrong as this new attraction will be on a scale never before attempted at a Disney park. 

Chapek confirmed at this past weekend's D23 event that this new attraction will be a "one-of-a-kind family attraction"  that will be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters when it’s added to Future World at Epcot. In addition, this attraction will include a brand new ride system that’s guaranteed to “wow” guests. Of course, we don't yet know what this new ride system will be, so it looks like we'll have to stay tuned for more on the attraction experience as development continues. 

Image: Disney

This is certainly a massive development, and though we've seen some big attraction buildings before (the two attractions in Pandora - The World of Avatar are visible from the parking lot at Disney's Animal Kingdom and are truly amazing to behold in terms of scale), this new project sounds quite impressive and on a scale that is truly like nothing else at Epcot. However, with this good news comes some bad news that might not be all that surprising...

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