Hurtling by way of area backwards whereas Earth, Wind & Fireplace’s September blasts out within the background just isn’t a state of affairs I ever thought I’d discover myself in.
But that’s precisely the place I ended up once I took on Walt Disney World’s extremely anticipated new coaster Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in Epcot – and it was out of this world.
The brand new trip in Florida, which opened to the general public this week, has all the things thrill-seekers might need, from spins and dips to speeds of round 40mph, to not point out that it’s Disney’s first reverse launch coaster.
Quantity 3 of the blockbuster Marvel franchise just isn’t out till subsequent Could however Disney Imagineers (the artistic group that brings the magic to life) have been on the movie set, so you’ll be able to anticipate particular appearances from Star Lord, Gamora, Groot and Co on this new escapade of galaxy-saving pleasure. And whereas rides can generally verge on terrifying, Cosmic Rewind is simply pure enjoyable, a lot so I went on it 5 occasions.
Signal as much as the Mirror’s journey publication to obtain extra vacation suggestions, offers and updates despatched to your inbox.
Hits from the 70s and 80s like Disco Inferno, Conga, Everyone Needs to Rule the World, I Ran and September – my private favorite – make up the soundtrack, and also you by no means know which of the 5 you’ll get till the trip kicks off.
The queue and pre-show supply up simply as a lot enjoyment, particularly if, like me, you’re a fan of the movies. There are many cool artefacts and nods to the Guardians, with the entire ambiance totally immersing you into the world of Xandar.
Simply earlier than the present you’ll head to the Part Chamber, the place you’ll be greeted by Nova-Prime Irani Rael – aka Glenn Shut – earlier than being teleported from Orlando to a Nova Corps Starcharter that’s orbiting Earth.
Issues rapidly grow to be chaotic and, earlier than you already know it, you’re boarding the coaster and setting off right into a excessive motion battle to assist the Guardians.
With out spoiling the enjoyable, there’s one specific second that had the entire viewers gasping, and you find yourself questioning simply how the Disney Imagineers pull off a few of the results so seamlessly.
The Guardians trip isn’t the one new thrilling addition for holiday-starved Brits going to Disney’s 4 theme parks and two water parks after a few years of pandemic restrictions.
Star Wars followers solely had two months to discover the brand new Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios earlier than Covid firmly put a halt to these plans.
It affords up a totally immersive expertise for Jedis-in-the-making.
Rey, Chewbacca and Stormtroopers might be discovered roaming planet Batuu and embarking on missions with guests. Oga’s Cantina can be open for a themed cocktail or two, and you can even construct your personal droids and lightsabers.
Nonetheless, the largest highlights need to be the 2 foremost sights – Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, and the Rise of the Resistance.
Richard Harbaugh/Disney Parks)
The primary provides you an opportunity to step on board Han Solo’s iconic ship and tackle the position of pilot, engineer or gunner (which means each trip could be a completely different expertise), whereas the second takes you on an extremely immersive expertise as you attempt to escape a First Order ship, with Kylo Ren scorching in your tail.
For these searching for a barely calmer attraction, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is in stark distinction, however simply as a lot enjoyable.
The lovable trip takes you on a day trip with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy with a couple of hiccups alongside the best way, nevertheless it positively is without doubt one of the sweeter rides, together with enjoyable moments from an underwater celebration to a vibrant funfair.
The attraction affords up that wonderful whimsical and healthful feeling that runs all through Walt Disney World – and much more so this yr because the resort celebrates its fiftieth anniversary.
Mickey Mouse and associates have donned some particular fiftieth outfits with an “EARidescent” shimmer, you’ll be able to go in quest of the Fab 50 golden statues of beloved characters all through the parks. And there’s, in fact, heaps of particular merchandise for the event, together with these iconic Mickey ears.
4 of the resort’s landmarks – Cinderella Citadel, Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror and the Tree of Life – additionally rework into Beacons of Gentle at night-time, immediately shifting the texture of the parks to one thing further particular because the solar goes down.
That’s the factor about Walt Disney World – it’s not possible to not get swept up within the communal giddiness, whether or not it’s an enormous hug from Mickey Mouse, a wave out of your favorite character from a parade float, and even simply donning these ears and strolling up Predominant Avenue USA to the fort.
Each park is totally completely different. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the place you’ll discover a couple of of the foremost thrill rides equivalent to Rock’n’Rollercoaster or Tower of Terror.
Animal Kingdom has a laidback really feel with loads of safaris, themed sights and enjoyable reveals, and Epcot turned an surprising favorite with its world theme and scrumptious snacks (the avocado margarita is a must-try within the Mexico pavilion!).
Nonetheless, to actually fulfill that Disney magic craving, Magic Kingdom needs to be in your bucket record.
Strolling as much as the Cinderella Citadel, you’ll be able to’t assist however really feel you’re in a fairy story, whereas traditional rides equivalent to Peter Pan’s Flight and It’s A Small World generate waves of nostalgia.
Find time for the parades – the music, the spectacular floats and the plethora of characters that appeared was an actual spotlight
of the day. Within the night, the brand new night-time present Enchantment projected on the fort had many individuals choked up.
The music, the lights, fireworks and the nods to beloved movies from Moana to Magnificence and the Beast – it’s troublesome to not get a bit of bit caught up within the feelings of really being within the Most Magical Place on Earth.
Ebook the vacation
Virgin Atlantic Holidays supply per week in Orlando, Florida, beginning at £1,609 per individual. Consists of flights from Heathrow on September 7, room-only lodging at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort and a ’14 for the value of seven day Disney Ticket’. You possibly can guide and discover out extra on virginholidays.co.uk.
It’s also possible to get extra info on visitorlando.com.