Guardians of the Galaxy Ride Vehicle Revealed, Disney Skyliner Launch Date

Plus a first look at the new Gran Destino Tower

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Guardians of the Galaxy Ride Vehicle Revealed, Disney Skyliner Launch Date

On Wednesday, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products, shared new details about upcoming attractions at the IAAPA conference in Orlando, Florida. First up, Chapek shared info about the Guardians of the Galaxy ride that is coming to Epcot.

Chapek said that the Guardians of the Galaxy ride system and ride vehicles will be unlike anything guests have experienced before. What guests will encounter is described as a one-of-a-kind storytelling coaster that connects the adventure of a storyline with the thrills of a coaster.

“On most coasters, the vehicles point straight ahead throughout the ride,” Bob explained. “But on this attraction, each individual cab will be programmed to direct your eye to the story happening around you. That means instead of whizzing by the action, you’ll be fully immersed in the story from the minute you launch.”

The attraction (pictured below) will be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters when it opens in Future World at Epcot. The attraction will open in time for the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.

Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Epcot.

Speaking of Epcot, Chapek also announced that Disney Skyliner will be ready to begin transporting guests at the Walt Disney World Resort beginning fall of 2019. The gondola system will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, as well as the proposed 15th Disney Vacation Club property, Disney’s Riviera Resort.

Disney Skyliner will not only efficiently move you to your location, it’ll also offer a whole new way to experience Walt Disney World with amazing views only available from the sky. Disney Parks says that guests arriving at the International Gateway station will travel through the trees and be welcomed into Epcot with remarkable, never before-seen views across World Showcase.

The new Disney Skyliner.

Chapek also revealed new details about the expansion that’s currently underway at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, including the name of the new 15-story centerpiece of the resort – the Gran Destino Tower.

According to Disney Parks, the tower will be completed in July 2019 and will serve as the new main entrance point for guests visiting the resort. It will add a total of 545 new guest rooms (including 50 suites) to the resort, as well as feature a two-story lobby. A themed table-service restaurant is also planned for the top of Gran Destino Tower, which will serve up delicious food and incredible views of the Walt Disney World Resort.

An oasis set on the shore of Lago Dorado, the reimagined Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort celebrates the daring spirit of the great Spanish explorers, artists, writers and architects. The resort’s more than 1,800 existing rooms have also been fully updated with new fixtures, furnishings and lighting. A second new restaurant is planned to open on an island in the middle of the resort’s 14-acre lake, Lago Dorado, with new walkways stretching across the water, making it convenient no matter where guests stay at the resort.

The new 15-story centerpiece of the resort - the Gran Destino Tower.