PHOTOS: Universe of Energy Solar Panels Completely Removed for Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster at Epcot

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The iconic solar panels that once powered some of the Universe of Energy at Epcot have been taken down as Walt Disney Imagineering transforms the pavilion into a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster ride.

Rumor has it that the panels will return, but they apparently needed some repair work after an assessment of their current state.

The original Universe of Energy building will be used for queue, the loading area and first scenes of the new roller coaster, and the large gift shop for the attraction opening in 2021. The rest of the roller coaster ride will take place in a brand new gravity building.

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Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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  • Futureworld – a look at the future and… aliens. Oh well, at least it makes more sense than a Monster’s comedy show in Tomorrowland.

  • Future World is changing with Guardians of the Galaxy in Epcot will be great for the 50th Birthday for the Walt Disney World Resort.

    • It wont be great, they are killing the concept and iconic ideas of Epcot. It doesnt deserves that name anymore

      • I agree this will cheapen the whole premise of EPCOT. But today’s society is far different than the 80s. We’re less optimistic. It’s sad since many of us still share an optimistic view of the world.

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