The newest attraction at Walt Disney World, the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster is a big hit. Most fans love the ride, the new unique ride vehicle design, and the selection of six different pop songs that can play during your ride. So fans were looking forward to the new Cosmic Rewind Holiday Remix, a holiday themed overlay to be part of Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays. But now it’s here, and people are a bit less excited.
It was surprisingly unclear just what the Holiday Remix would be, beyond some new music for the attraction, but as it turns out, that’s all it is. An original piece of music that remixes some holiday music with a Guardians of the Galaxy twist, which includes inspired lyrics like “run, run Rocket,” now plays for every ride of Cosmic Rewind, and beyond that, nothing has changed. Fans on Twitter are less than impressed.
No decorations no story change nothing, just a song change. And it doesn’t fit the rest of the 80s vibes of the ride, it doesn’t feel right. Chuck Berry’s ‘Run rudolph run’ would have been perfect, this song doesn’t work at allNovember 25, 2022
There are no holiday decorations on or inside the show building. The presentation in the pre-show rooms is unchanged, so there is no reference to the fact that it is the holiday season. If you’ve been on Cosmic Rewind before, your experience is completely unchanged until the ride starts and the music begins. And then once the music stops, everything else is also normal.
It’s fairly disappointing to have a ride who’s basis is dependent upon which song you get, in which you hype up a holiday playlist, only for there to be one song in total. Yes, I’m taking about cosmic rewind because they overhyped that holiday overlay.November 25, 2022
The major issue here is that there’s something of a precedent in place that makes the Cosmic Rewind changes look cheap. Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout at Disney California Adventure has a Halloween season overlay that only runs for the second half of each day. It acts as a sequel to the events of the standard ride, and has not only new music, but a new pre-show, new dialogue from animatronic Rocket, and different screen projections during the ride. It’s basically a whole new version of the experience, and people were likely expecting something similar here.
I love how Monsters After Dark (which some prefer over Mission Breakout) is something you can only do for half of the day during the Halloween season whereas you’re stuck with this way shittier version of Cosmic Rewind the whole holiday season YIKES https://t.co/WqsjoafuwkNovember 25, 2022
Considering that the video components of Mission: Breakout, both the standard and the Halloween season changes, were filmed with the Guardians of the Galaxy cast during the production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and the sequences for Cosmic Rewind were filled as part of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, there’s no reason they could not have done some additional production for a more holiday-themed version of the ride.
Well the new song is not “All I Want For Christmas Is Groot” and I’m sad. https://t.co/vKpAOQ9yX1November 25, 2022
It would seem that either nobody considered the idea of a Christmas version of Cosmic Rewind until after the fact, or it was just decided to not spend the time and money to do it up bigger. Considering how frequently cost savings does appear to drive changes in the parks, many are assuming this is the case. Regardless of the reason, it’s leading to a lot of underwhelmed guests.