It has been nearly a year since Disney confirmed during the 2017 D23 Expo in Anaheim that a Guardians of the Galaxy-inspired attraction would be added to Epcot's Future World, and in this time we've only gotten a few little updates here and there about what we can expect from this somehow still-unnamed attraction. Though we know it is going to be a long time before we can actually take a spin on this new attraction, here's everything we've learned what could be Disney's most ambitious new attraction yet thus far:
1. The attraction will occupy two, connected buildings
One of the first things that we learned about this ride after its initial announcement was just how big it was going to be. Like the Rock 'n Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios, this will be a completely indoor roller coaster, but instead of just occupying one building, this new attraction will use both the former Universe of Energy building, as well as a giant new structure that is currently under construction behind this area.
Disney recently shared a construction update for the second ride building, releasing the video above showing a massive concrete pour laying the foundation for the ride. The foundation pour took 17 hours, took the help of more than 300 workers, and used 80 miles of rebar, 960 truckloads or 9260 cubic yards of concrete, and covered 72000 sq ft.
That is certainly massive for a second building, and through that might seem like overkill, it looks like the space is definitely going to be needed as Disney's rumored ride system is like nothing else at Walt Disney World...
2. An interesting ride system is rumored to be in development
According to posters on the Theme Park Review forums, Disney is already developing prototypes for an interesting new ride system for this attraction that will feature elevated roller coaster trains that conceal track underneath, and can also move independently, spinning around to face screens or setpieces, similar to the roller coaster trains used by Universal's Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts attraction.
Though the images posted on the forum are just prototypes, with Disney moving so far along on construction, we'd imagine that they are simply fine-tuning the design at this stage, and what we're seeing is basically what will be used on the ride. Which brings us to an unfortunate truth about this upcoming attraction
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