Disney Parks announced at New York Comic Con today that Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind‘s holiday overlay will feature a brand new custom song.
The Guardians will trade their classic hits playlist for a new holiday song for a limited time this holiday season. The song will be inspired by holiday classics but with new lyrics exclusively for the attraction. This is the first overlay for the attraction with more to come in the future.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is an enclosed roller coaster at Epcot at Walt Disney World. Based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe Guardians of the Galaxy films, the attraction is the first at Walt Disney World to feature characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Opened on May 27, 2022, it is Epcot’s first roller coaster and Disney’s first-ever backwards-launched roller coaster; it replaced the Universe of Energy pavilion, which closed on August 13, 2017.
Like in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, music plays a key role in the attraction. Over a hundred songs were considered by Walt Disney Imagineering for the ride experience, narrowing it down to six randomly-selected featured songs, each fitting the same motion profile of the ride vehicles:
- “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire
- “Disco Inferno” by the Trammps
- “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears
- “One Way or Another” by Blondie
- “I Ran (So Far Away)” by A Flock of Seagulls
- “Conga” by Gloria Estefan
Additionally, Tyler Bates, composer of Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, scored over two hours of original music for the ride. An electric guitar cover of the original Universe of Energy attraction’s theme song can also be heard before the attraction’s backwards launch.