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Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:01 pm

Description suggests it's as much a dark ride as a rollercoaster and if it was something especially intense, you'd expect them to show it off more if it was an intense coaster so I'd be surprised if it was any more intense than something like Expedition Everest or Thirteen. 100ft is very tall for a ride without a drop to show off too, about the height of the Jurassic Park River Adventure building, you've got to imagine there's a reason to go to that expense.

Disney did recently file a patent for a long armed suspended swinging coaster which probably would require a large building but again you'd think they'd want to show off a novel ride system as much as possible rather than keep most of it indoors.

I'd imagine the Gringotts bank coaster was seen as a bit of a blow to Disney Imagineer's pride so maybe it'll be a "it does everything" technical showcase but that leaves the 'world first' element to ponder.

Guessing they'll need to reveal the ride system before heavy work starts (they've already put up construction walls) otherwise people will guess it from evidence/leaks so we'll probably get more info in the next month or two.
 
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Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:48 pm

Given that Disney have basically cancelled Gigantic, I'd guess the plans for a Spanish pavilion have also been put on hold.
 
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Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:03 pm

Over in Epcot, construction is underway on the show building of the new Ratatouille dark ride in the France Pavillion. Pictures are from @bioreconstruct on Twitter. 

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This pictures also shows progress bing made on the Disney Skyliner!

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There has also been much pregress on the construction of Disneys Riviera Hotel.

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Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:24 pm

Fingers crossed they can fix the two main problems I have with the Ratatouille ride in Paris; being able to see the floor and length of the ride.

Epcot's my favorite park so I'm liking that it's getting some rides which will spread the queues out more, rather than them being concentrated heavily on Soarin, Test Track and Frozen. Guessing Disney are hoping the Epcot and Studios expansions with ease off the massive overcrowding at Magic Kingdom.
 
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Fri May 04, 2018 8:55 pm

A massive concrete foundation has recently been poured for the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction coming to Epcot, which looks to include all the footers for the coaster in the new 'facility' being constructed.

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Wed May 09, 2018 8:02 pm

Interesting article about a new Future World Hotel at Epcot. 
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Wed May 09, 2018 8:15 pm

The Space Restaurant hasn't been cancelled and should be placed between Mission Space and Test. Track.
 
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Wed May 09, 2018 8:17 pm

The article doesn't say that does it??
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Wed May 09, 2018 9:08 pm

There was a Disney Parks Blog article - https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2018/05/space-themed-restaurant-lands-in-future-world-at-epcot/?CMP=SOC-DPFY18Q2wo0503180509180033C
 
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Wed May 09, 2018 9:12 pm

No, I mean the WDWNT article about the new hotel didn't even mention the Space Restaurant. I thought you meant that that article said the Space Restaurant had been cancelled.
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Sun May 27, 2018 8:26 pm

Did anyone hear about the figment comic about the old Epcot attraction?

Apparently there’s a marvel comic about the backstory behind the classic attraction journey into imagination.
 
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Mon May 28, 2018 11:20 pm

No doubt at some point they're going to get rid of the Journey into the Imagination ride which makes me a bit sad (the number of 'classic' Epcot rides keeps shrinking) but it's hard to see them resisting the temptation of a Frozen style makeover. 
 
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Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:41 pm

It seems vertical construction of the Guardians of the Galaxy rollercoaster is underway, as shown in these photos from @bioreconstruct.

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Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:52 pm

https://wdwnt.com/2018/10/sse2yearclosure/

Spaceship Earth is going to get a colossal makeover. Ride system replaced, reworking of the main ride systems (seems likely they'll replace lots of the animatronics with more modern projection mapped ones and a much better finale.

2 years of closure is a pretty massive amount of time for an iconic ride to be closed, not sure if that's an indication of the amount of work or if the construction work around the entrance will make it inaccessible for a long time anyway. Here's hoping they keep IPs out of it and we don't end up with "Dr Strange's Spaceship Earth"
 
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Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:36 pm

Guardians of the Galaxy construction update. The framework for the building is complete with some of the walling starting to be added. The building is very big, about twice as tall as any of the other buildings in Future World and almost as high as Spaceship Earth.

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Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:45 pm

There's some pictures of the track floating around. Pretty much confirms its using that spinning coaster prototype that was in testing a while back.

Looking at how chunky the tracks are, seems like the coaster cars are going to be very heavy which is probably one of the reasons for using a long launch track. I'd guess the ride will have lots of large helixes rather than pure drops as a heavy coaster would mean that any acceleration will be fairly subdued.
 
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Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:56 pm

My suspicion is it will be something like Escape From Gringotts. Those trains are huge and spin and use a large show building. That ride can also give a surprising amount of acceleration. Add in some fans and it could feel faster still.
 
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Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:39 pm

The drop in Gringotts barely gives any sensation when in theory a tilt track should feel worse than a normal drop (as you don't get that lag in acceleration caused by front cars pulling rear cars over the apex). You do get a lot of force from the launch though so I suspect you'll only get a high speed section from the launch and the rest of the track will use tight bends and the spinning elements for intensity.
 
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Re: Walt Disney World - Epcot

Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:26 pm

Official confirmation from Disney confirming the ride system and showing it in action

https://twitter.com/CaitlinDineen/statu ... 2001755136

As I thought, the weight of the vehicles looks like it smooths out drops. will probably end up much milder than crush's coaster but the controlled spinning adds all sorts of possibilities.

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