Guardians of Galaxy Cosmic Rewind Merchandise & Gift Shop
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is now open at EPCOT, and debuting with it for the first time is the Treasures of Xandar gift shop outside the attraction’s exit. This post features photos inside and a look at merchandise available to purchase for Walt Disney World’s new Marvel thrill ride.
Before we get started, a couple plugs for other resources about this blockbuster addition to Walt Disney World. Experiencing the new ride is a bit complicated, so if you want to experience it (and you should!), check out our How to Ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind & Virtual Queue Speed Strategy to improve your chances of success for joining the free virtual queue.
Another alternative is buying line-skipping access via the Individual Lightning Lanes. Currently, that costs $17 per person, but it’ll drop after this weekend. Those posts explain each option, their pros & cons, and everything else you need to know. Suffice to say, do not just show up to EPCOT expecting to join the standby line–as there isn’t one.
We’ve already had the chance to experience Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind several times during previews. The one thing we have not had the chance to do (until today) is buy merchandise. The Treasures of Xandar souvenir shop had no ‘soft openings’ during the previews–it’s truly debuting for the first time today.
The Treasures of Xandar merchandise location is located outside Cosmic Rewind, meaning you encounter it after exiting the building and walking back towards the front of the attraction. This also means that it’s accessible without riding at all. dedicated to all things Guardians of the Galaxy. Treasures of Xandar sells several new product lines honoring the Guardians and their many intergalactic adventures.
As Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is expected to be somewhat popular…and because the Treasures of Xandar gift shop is really small…some of this merchandise will be sold elsewhere in EPCOT.
Items from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” collections, including a limited release of opening-day merchandise, are also available at Creations Shop.
In case you’re unfamiliar with it, Creations Shop is EPCOT’s main gift shop, located behind Spaceship Earth and directly across from Connections Cafe & Eatery. You’ll walk right past it on your way to Cosmic Rewind.
Given space constraints, it’ll likely be much, much easier to enter Creations Shop. (We don’t know how Disney is going to manage demand for the Treasures of Xandar throughout opening weekend, but it’ll surely have a line–either physical or virtual.)
Given how much of an issue this has been all around Walt Disney World for the last year, our sneaking suspicion is that the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind gift shop was not open during previews due to supply chain shortages.
It’s still difficult to find some 50th Anniversary items that have been out for months, and late shipments arrived for Halloween and Christmas months after those holidays ended.
We could be wrong–maybe Walt Disney World is holding back the souvenirs until the grand opening for some other reason, but that seems like the most plausible explanation to us gift the empty shelves everywhere.
On a positive note, this has started to improve in the last couple months–but still can be an issue with anything new. I guess we’ll know one way or the other if merchandise quickly sells out!
Anyway, let’s take a look at the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind merchandise collections, concluding with far and away my favorite of the bunch…
Guardians of the Galaxy: Heroes of Xandar Collection
What if the Guardians were actually rock stars? What kind of music would their hypothetical band play?
More importantly, would they perform live at any event venues on Earth? Those are life’s big questions that this merchandise line answers.
Inspired by the vintage concert merchandise of the 1980s, the Guardians of the Galaxy: Heroes of Xandar Collection imagines the gear and memorabilia fans would collect during the Guardians’ fictional intergalactic tour.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind – Honorary Guardians Collection
Ever dreamed about being an intergalactic outlaw? Here is your chance. After taking part in a thrilling chase across time and space on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, you will earn the highly sought-after title of Honorary Guardian.
The Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind – Honorary Guardians Collection, which features the Honorary Guardian emblem and navy/gold colors, is the perfect way to celebrate your achievement in style.
Groot Through the Years Collection
Fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie franchise will remember the many life stages of Groot. The new Groot Through the Years Collection illustrates the sentient tree-like creature’s evolution from baby to adolescent to adult through a range of toys, home décor and children’s apparel.
(I’ll level with you: Groot is my least favorite Guardian. I know everyone loves Groot–and I did at first, too–but his gimmick got grating for me in the second film. Everyone saying “I am Groot” like it’s something clever hasn’t helped. Maybe I just hate fun?)
Guardians of the Galaxy: Through the Eyes of Quill Collection
From Walt Disney World’s official announcement about this product line: “Before he became known across the galaxies as Star-Lord, Peter Quill was an average American kid growing up in the 1980s. Peter even visited EPCOT as a child, snapping a photo in front of Spaceship Earth.
The Guardians of the Galaxy: Through the Eyes of Quill Collection is reminiscent of Peter’s younger years on Earth and his first trip to Walt Disney World, featuring the retro graphics and bold colors that were popular in the 1980s.”
Regular readers might be surprised to see a merchandise post, as this blog isn’t exactly known for its comprehensive coverage of collectibles. About the only thing I hate more than waiting on hold over the telephone is trying to navigate a crowded gift shop. (Actually, I hate the phone thing way, way more–if only because it always lasts longer.)
In any case, I absolutely adore this merchandise line, and it is the sole reason for the existence of this post–to applaud whoever came up with the idea. Every other piece of merchandise in the store could just as easily be sold in the Marvel aisle at Target. It’s fine if that’s your jam, but there’s nothing about it’s specific to Cosmic Rewind.
Not the case with the Guardians of the Galaxy: Through the Eyes of Quill Collection. Not only is this unique to the attraction, but it pays homage to Walt Disney World’s past. This line almost makes the whole, stupid “Peter Quill visited EPCOT Center and that’s how this ride fits the park!” conceit worth it. Almost.
Far and away my favorite item in the Guardians of the Galaxy: Through the Eyes of Quill Collection is the mug above.
As with the Starbucks mugs released last fall for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, this draws inspiration from classic EPCOT Center shopping bag from the 1980s.
Even though the new Cosmic Rewind mug lacks Figment, it makes up for that by also lacking Olaf and using a better color scheme that better replicates the original, iconic design.
We only buy merchandise now if it’s something practical that we’ll actually use–meaning we don’t purchase anything for display or that goes into boxes–the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind mug is the one thing I’ll end up purchasing. Not that you care.
I also like this sweatshirt and appreciate the commitment to the 1980s look, but it seems impractical for 90% of guests. Then again, they probably only have enough inventory for 2.3% of guests–the impracticality might be a feature, not a bug.
Regardless, I hope this becomes available in normal or hooded sweatshirt form down the road. (Or even as a t-shirt, given the realities of Florida weather.)
This fanny pack is also pretty cool.
For the record, I’ve been trying to “bring back” fanny packs for years. Sarah says I look like a dorky tourist when I wear one, unlike the kids these days who wear them in odd ways that are somehow hip. In my defense, I am a dorky tourist. My desire to stay cool by chasing trends wore off a long time ago. Again, not that you care.
Anyway, lots of souvenirs…some of it is just garden variety Guardians of the Galaxy stuff that’s easily interchangeable with cheaper products you could purchase on shopDisney, Amazon.com, or wherever Marvel merchandise is sold. There’s probably demand for that stuff, so I get why Walt Disney World is selling it even if it does absolutely nothing for me.
Then there’s the Guardians of the Galaxy: Through the Eyes of Quill Collection. This is unequivocally awesome, and anyone who doesn’t like this selection of souvenirs simply lacks taste. 😉 Sorry to be so blunt about it, but the design of these items is seriously good, weaving together 1980s style, OG EPCOT Center, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. It’s the perfect marriage of old and new, and like the attraction itself, a love letter to a bygone era of the park.
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What do you think of the souvenirs being sold at the Treasures of Xandar gift shop? Have a favorite merchandise line or even a specific piece? Do you agree or disagree that Guardians of the Galaxy: Through the Eyes of Quill Collection is the best of the bunch? Any opening day experiences with this gift shop to share? Do you agree or disagree with any of our advice or answers? Any questions? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!
I would like to buy some object from your boutique. Do you have a online adress by any chance?
I was hoping to pop in here for the Marvel Legends collection after our ride but there was a line and my hubby was about to lose his lunch. LOL. I will have to try next time
I love this line, too! I’m visiting with my family in October…I’m really crossing my fingers that there is some merch from this line left (not holding my breath…I’m still mad about missing out on the light up Spaceship Earth ears that I missed by WEEKS last year).
The line – physical, no virtual – was wayyyy too long to stand out in the direct sun, in 95 degree heat today. Also, no passholder or DVC discounts on the merchandise.
LOL – A few blogs back on another cosmic rewind you had a picture of a kid in front of spaceship earth. It appeared to be an old picture and I jumped to the conclusion it was a kid picture of Tom at EPCOT. I thought, why did Tom drop an old picture of himself in the blog – didn’t make sense. Just now caught the reference in this blog – funny.
Love reading your posts Tom. For what it is worth….I would buy that “fanny pack” in a skinny minute! I love the colors and I already own a black Mickey Mouse one my son actually bought for me back in 2019 at Disney and love it. Makes it so convenient to get things in and out of. You should get it!
This shop isn’t actually open today, which is a shame – I assume because the queue wouldn’t have worked with all the other activity in the area.
Yeah, not surprised by that–I wrote this up last night assuming it would be open. Running everything out of Creations Shop until things die down a bit makes a lot more sense. Even that exponentially larger store is a tad chaotic.
This isn’t everything–there’s a lot more stuff at Creations Shop today, including pins. The only line I’ve featured in full is the OG EPCOT Center one.
And his family didn’t want it. It’s huge and has rare pieces. It will be auctioned on the Live Auctioneer site by Akiba Antiques. Sometime in June. I’m not endorsing them but I think these should go to people who love Disney and will carry it forward for this major collector !
I despise shopping, and appreciate so much that your blog doesn’t cover gift shops hardly ever. That being said, will still read these posts because I know I’ll get a laugh or two.
For what it’s worth, been rocking this “hip pack” for a while now, and it’s been amazing and worth every penny (https://www.patagonia.com/product/ultralight-black-hole-mini-hip-pack-1-liter/49447.html?dwvar_49447_color=FGE&cgid=luggage-black-hole-bags). Not as necessary at the Disney parks where you can carry enough stuff for your family to live for a week. But perfect for touring Universal last year (fit in all the lockers). Also, use it all the time for real world activities.
Hilariously, a version of that fanny pack (there’s also a 5L size) is exactly what I “tried” to buy. It’s the perfect size for my mirrorless camera and one lens.
Love these neat items. Maybe I shouldn’t say this on a blog but one of the largest collectors of Disney figurines past away in his and his family
I’m not seeing any GOTG-related shot glasses…ahem, I mean “toothpick holders.” (Sad face)
I have a great collection of them from WDW, but the selection on our last couple trips has been almost non-existent. Hoping I can at least grab a 2022 and 50th anniversary toothpick holder from MK.
Also – you don’t like Groot?!?! WHY DO YOU HATE FUN??? Hahaha!!!
I used to love Groot! I didn’t always hate fun!
It just gets old. Imagine hearing one-thousand “you might be a redneck if…” jokes, except there’s nothing after the ellipsis. No punchline, just “you might be a redneck if.” Would that continue to be funny or fun?! (Says the old man as he continues to shake his fist at the cloud.)