Song List for Guardians of Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

There are 6 songs on the playlist for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in Epcot at Walt Disney World. This post shares the music you can hear on the ride, how they shape the experience, and our rankings of the roller coaster’s different tracks. (Updated May 29, 2022.)

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. We’ve heard every single song on the playlist at least twice, and both have different favorites that we think work better with the roller coaster. Although the track (obviously) stays the same with each ride, the motion just feels different thanks to the song selections. It’s almost like the ride dances, for lack of a better term.

Suffice to say, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is an absolute blast. Even though the rides are very different in nature, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! demonstrated just how fun an “Awesome Mix Tape” plus these Marvel misfits plus thrills can be. It’s a recipe for success and, frankly, there should be more rides following this formula.

Getting to the point, Walt Disney Imagineering revealed today that during development of the family-thrill coaster, they came up with a list of more than 100 potential songs for the Starjumpers’ onboard sound system.

The Cosmic Rewind ride team rode the attraction over and over again testing how various tracks fit with the spirit of the roller coaster. Per Imagineering, the goal was finding songs with that perfect balance of energy, a flow that matched the major movements of the ride, and lyrics that gave a fun nod to the story of Cosmic Rewind.

Here’s the final “Awesome Mix” playlist for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, consisting of six songs in their classic versions:

  • “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps
  • “Conga” by Gloria Estefan
  • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears
  • “I Ran” by A Flock of Seagulls
  • “One Way or Another” by Blondie

You won’t know which track you’ll hear each time you ride until you actually blast off with the Guardians on an intergalactic chase through time and space.

In addition to these 6 songs that did make the cut for the roller coaster portion of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, many more of the 100 tracks that were tested will be played in the post-show and corridor upon exiting the attraction. These also are cycled through at random–I still don’t think we’ve heard them all.

Next, our rankings of each song played on-board Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind…

Sarah’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind song rankings:

  1. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears
  2. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  3. “Conga” by Gloria Estefan
  4. “One Way or Another” by Blondie
  5. “I Ran” by A Flock of Seagulls
  6. “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps

Tom’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind song rankings:

  1. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  2. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears
  3. “I Ran” by A Flock of Seagulls
  4. “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps
  5. “One Way or Another” by Blondie
  6. …Nothing At All…
  7. “Conga” by Gloria Estefan

Seriously, next time I might bring AirPods so I can listen to something else if I get stuck with “Conga” again. I know they wouldn’t be logical fits for the attraction, but I wish Cosmic Rewind could’ve gotten “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” or “Lake Shore Drive” instead.

For the sake of comparison, below is a song list for Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! On this Disney California Adventure attraction, Rocket hotwires the lift to play while guests help escape from the Collector’s Fortress and one of the following songs plays:

  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar (1980)
  • “Give Up The Funk” by Parliament (1975)
  • “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf (1968)
  • “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5 (1969)
  • “Free Ride” by The Edgar Winter Group (1973)
  • “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley (1972)

Even if none of these songs are your jam, so to speak, they just “hit different” when played during a thrill ride. I don’t know how to explain it, but all of those tracks work really well on Mission Breakout, and I’d fully expect the same to be true with the song choices for Cosmic Rewind.

Speaking of the Cosmic Rewind ride experience, Marvel also revealed that the attraction’s antagonist is Eson, a Celestial that has been watching Earth for eons. The Celestial makes a startling appearance in the attraction and is looking “to right a wrong in a big way.”

While Eson might be surprising to encounter at Epcot’s Wonders of Xandar pavilion, he’s no stranger to the Guardians of the Galaxy. While the Celestial and the ragtag troop have never crossed paths before, Eson was once in possession of the Power Stone, one of the six Infinity Stones, as the group learned in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, he has set his sights on Earth.

The Guardians of the Galaxy–Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot–step in to help save the day. But, they can’t do it alone, so (naturally) they enlist the help of guests to stop Eson from completing his grand plan!

This is a similar story conceit used in both Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. It’s right up there with “and something goes terribly wrong” as a storytelling device on rides.

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What are you thoughts on the “Awesome Mix Tape” for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind? Think these tracks are good choices for a roller coaster through space and time? Are you excited for the grand opening of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at Epcot? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Any questions we can help you answer? 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!

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