Guardians of the Galaxy at Night; EPCOT
  • On Mar 25, 2024
    Ashley from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Questions about individual lightening lane. Does it guarantee you a spot for the ride? Cosmic rewind is the only one we’re really set on doing(says it’s mandatory, but everything about lightening lane has us lost. Do you select your own time? Or assigned?

    Hi there, Ashley!

    Welcome to planDisney! Your magical vacation will be here in a flash, so let's get right to your question about Lightning Lanes. 

    I'm so glad you have Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at the top of your list of magical must-dos! Whenever I ask my fellow panelists to name their favorite Walt Disney World Resort attraction, I also add 'besides Guardians' because 9 out of 10 times, that will be their response. Personally, I love how the experience is filled with screams from the thrilling turns and laughter from the joy of the music. 

    If you would like to guarantee a journey through space and time during your vacation, you can purchase an individual Lightning Lane entrance for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. This will allow you to select your preferred entry window from those available and bypass the standby line from those whose boarding groups have been called for the virtual queue at that time. If you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel (or the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, and Shades of Green Resort), you can purchase the individual Lightning Lane for yourself and others linked through your Family and Friends List in the My Disney Experience mobile app at 7:00 AM. Off-site Guests are eligible to make the purchase when the attraction's theme park (in this instance, EPCOT) opens for the day. 

    For complimentary entry, your party can attempt to enroll in a 7 AM virtual queue for the attraction. For the best chances of securing a boarding group, I suggest opening the app around 6:50 AM and verifying your party. You can complete this process by selecting the three horizontal lines in the bottom right corner of the screen and then selecting 'Virtual Queue' under 'My Visit'. Once you have verified your party, you will need to have lightning-fast fingers and select 'Join Virtual Queue' as soon as the clock strikes 7:00. If you don't have luck in the morning, you can try again at 1 PM following the same process as long as you are scanned into the theme park. Once you have successfully joined the queue, you will be assigned a boarding group that will be called via an alert in the My Disney Experience app once it is your turn to join the Guardians. It will give you an estimated return time for your boarding group in the app, but this is not a guarantee of the time you will ride. 

    Keep in mind that Guests are welcome to utilize the virtual queue and purchase an individual Lightning Lane on the same day. If this is your plan, I suggest having two members of your party each handling one of the tasks. If this isn't possible, you'll want to prioritize the virtual queue as those give out much more quickly than the Lightning Lanes.  

    If you have general questions about the Disney Genie+ service and how to use it during your vacation, you might find this previous answer helpful. If you need further assistance, don't hesitate to stop back by my page to ask follow-up questions. I'm always happy to help others maximize magic and minimize waits in The Most Magical Place on Earth. 

    Hakuna Matata,
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Meet the Panelist: Lizzie, Georgia

Hi y'all! I'm Lizzie, a happily married teacher, coach, and proud dog mom of three from Georgia. While I loved the magic of Disney as a child, it wasn't until my twenties that pixie dust became a defining characteristic of my personality (and my wardrobe). I can't wait to answer your Walt Disney World Resort vacation questions so that you can embrace your inner 'hakuna matata' as you stroll through The Most Magical Place on Earth with your favorite Mickey-shaped snack in hand.  Learn More About Lizzie

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