Though all eyes are on Disney's Hollywood Studios as we move closer to the 2019 opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, things are really heating up at Epcot too, with several large projects now going full steam ahead, including the Ratatouille ride in the France pavilion and the Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster in Future World.
This month brings several updates to the parks, including interesting addition to the World Showcase coming this summer...
1. The Guardians of the Galaxy move out of Disney's Hollywood Studios and into the World Showcase
Though guests can currently meet Star Lord and baby Groot at Disney's Hollywood Studios, this meet and greet will be ending later summer. Though there's no word on what is replacing this character experience, we'd imagine that this move is in part motivated by the the Guardians of the Galaxy moving into the America Gardens Theater this summer for a limited-time Dance Party that will kick off on Memorial Day. During this show Star-Lord and Gamora will take the stage along with an alien band to play hits from Awesome Mix Tapes 1 and 2 several times a day.
2. Still-unnamed Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster confirmed to be opening in time for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary
And speaking of the Guardians of the Galaxy, rumors swirled last year about an internal opening target for the new Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster far past anything in development at Walt Disney World and now it has been confirmed: this new guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster will not open until 2021. While the race is on to get Ratatouille in France, it looks like Disney is taking their time with this roller coaster, and don't have any immediate plans to open this attraction before the beginning of the next decade.
And while this is a good thing in a certain sense (after all, in theory if Disney takes their time with this attraction, it is bound to be really good, right?), there's also the fact that by the time 2021 rolls around, the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy will be complete (director James Gunn has said there will only be three movies) and it is unknown how relevant the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise will feel more than three years from now.