Nova Corps Star Blaster outside Epcot's Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Might Make You Queasy

We went on a Royal Caribbean cruise last year. It was okay. But that’s not the story. Post cruise, we were going to spend a few days at Walt Disney World. So before disembarking, I logged in to the MDE app to get a boarding group for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. My wife was trying to close the suitcases, but I had more important things to do. Packing would have to wait.

This is what Disney makes us do now. Stress out every day at 7 AM on our vacations.

I was successful, but our early boarding time meant we were going to have to hustle to EPCOT. I zipped up the luggage and we moved out, skipping breakfast. More on that later.

Our friend dropped us off at Saratoga Springs. Our room wasn’t ready (it was only 9 AM), so we gave our bags to bell services and ordered an Uber. When you have to get to the parks quickly, you might not want to ride Saratoga Springs buses.

Our return window was already half over, so we went immediately to the ride. I was starving.

The queue and pre-show rooms are great. We zoomed through the line. We were boarding the ride in less than 15 minutes. My stomach was rumbling.

Milano model in Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind queue
Milano model in the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind queue
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind pre-show room
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind loading area
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind loading area

My wife doesn’t love thrill rides. She closed her eyes. The rest of us watched every screen. Eh, that wasn’t a great idea, even though that’s exactly what you’re supposed to do. Also, we got Conga by Miami Sound Machine. Not my favorite.

Every person in my group was feeling nauseated after we got off. Thankfully, we didn’t need a trash can.

None of us is prone to motion sickness. I was convinced that our empty stomachs contributed to our nausea, so we went to Connections Eatery. Sandwiches and waffles did the trick. But we weren’t convinced we would ride again.

We rode it the next day.

So why can Cosmic Rewind make you feel sick?

This rollercoaster is incredibly smooth, and the seats are comfortable. I wish every coaster felt this good. But there’s a catch. The ride vehicles spin. Not as bad as a Tilt-A-Whirl, but they do rotate riders in the direction of the action. And the action is on giant screens. The combination of rotating to watch screens while zooming forward (or backward) on a coaster is all my brain needs to feel a little gross.

What can you do to feel better?

For our second ride, we made sure to have some food in our bellies. Not a ton, but enough to not cause problems. Then we asked to be seated in the front row. That allowed us to see the track if we needed to recalibrate our brains. The ride is very dark, but the track is always visible from the front row (except during the backward launch).

Also, our song was Everbody Wants to Rule the World. That helped a ton.

After the ride, we all agreed that we felt so much better. Unfortunately, we didn’t really experience the ride as intended. We weren’t queasy, but we didn’t watch many scenes, either. We’ve since tried it again without sitting in the front row. The queasiness was there, but only a little. Cosmic Rewind is a great ride, but it’s not a must-do for us. And that bums me out.