Earlier today, Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, gave a presentation at the IAAPA Expo and provided updates on some Disney projects.
IAPPA is the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, an organization based in Orlando. This year, they are presenting their themed entertainment expo online.
D’Amaro shared an update on the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind coaster that is currently under construction in EPCOT. Disney is billing the attraction as a “storytelling coaster” because it uses a new, programmable ride system that allows the cars to rotate 360 degrees.
Disney is calling the ride system an “Omnicoaster.” It combines the features of an Omnimover ride system (like in the Haunted Mansion) that allows Imagineers to direct guests’ attention in a certain direction, with a roller coaster.
Check out this video of a test run on the coaster car: