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No Audio Animatronics Will Be in Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT

After years of speculation, and with the grand opening on the horizon, we now know that Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT will not have audio animatronics.

Late last year, an interview with Imagineer Wyatt Winter for Entertainment Weekly raised hopes as animatronics were mentioned in passing as part of a list of exciting elements for the coaster experience. The next day, Entertainment Weekly quietly removed any references to animatronics from the article.

Audio animatronics were cut from the design early into development, partially for budget purposes but also partially because of the uncertainty surrounding “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”

Disney wasn’t sure on what characters to feature in Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, or who the main villain would be in the film as production of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” was initially delayed. Disney started constructing the attraction with some uncertainty as to what some of the plot points were going to be and who was going to be cast for the film.

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“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” was initially delayed when director, James Gunn, was fired from the project due to posting controversial tweets. He was then later re-hired and reinstated as director of the film.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is expected to open at EPCOT this Memorial Day weekend. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is slated to release on May 23, 2023.

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  1. Well, Bob Cheapskate has to get his bonus before he leave. Budget cuts means, well Bob, we can install audio animatronics but that will mean your bonus is cut. Bob: Nope, leave it out.
    Oh, and James Gunn is a known Pedophile and Disney knows it. Of course, that seems to part of the business model now.

  2. Well now this is interesting. The rides development was being tied to the third film and the initial issues is why the animatronics were cut.

  3. Im confused what new information was offered to bring WDWNT to this conclusion. Not necessarily doubting it, but there is no reference to what (besides year old ET article) new information has been added. Could we get an elaboration? Thanks :)

  4. Was kinda hoping some dinosaurs from Universe of Energy would pop up in the show building portion given the “time travel” theme and all :(

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