The best ride at any of the Walt Disney World theme parks is up for debate but most will agree that Epcot's Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is one of them. The new indoor coaster sends you on a thrilling ride through the cosmos and, in typical Guardians fashion, you do so with a killer soundtrack accompanying you.
Although Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a blast to ride, your experience will be different each time because of the randomized tracks that play. The coaster itself is fun, but the music really drives home the experience.
Note, if you haven't ridden Cosmic Rewind yet, you may want to stop here and skip this entirely. Maybe come back after you've had a chance to experience to see if you agree.
The key to the ride begins as the voices of the Guardians begin to fade and the ride turns backward after you pass through the cosmic portal. A pinpoint of light is seen on the screen and you hear Rocket say, "What have we done," followed by Gamora and, finally, Peter Quill asking, "All the way back?" Then there is a pause, followed by the "Big Bang" which sends your coaster rocketing backward. Then the music begins and the tone of your entire ride is established.
The song you listen to when riding is completely randomized. Currently, there is a pool of six tracks that you can hear while riding. They are:
- “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
- “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps
- “Conga” by Miami Sound Machine / Gloria Estefan
- “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears
- “I Ran” by A Flock of Seagulls
- “One Way or Another” by Blondie
So which of these songs make for the best ride experience? Let's break it down!
6. “Conga” by Miami Sound Machine / Gloria Estefan
Coming in at number six is Conga by Miami Sound Machine. Gloria Estafan's voice is awesome and the tone of the song is just alright.
Although you would think Conga's uptempo rhythm would be perfect for a coaster, it just doesn't fit with the twists and turns of the ride. The introduction as you speed backward to start the ride falls flat and doesn't give you a great jolt of adrenaline.
Considering that the song's lyrics include the word "dance" several times you can understand the reasons behind the use of the song; but unfortunately, there are times when the rhythm of the music is lost behind the creative pushes and pulls of the ride itself. It's still an enjoyable ride if you get this song, but this is definitely the weakest of the bunch.