There’s a new rollercoaster coming to Disney World’s Epcot park, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, a thrilling adventure ride starring OG Marvel stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña and more, and even adding Terry Crews. The first reactions to the Cosmic Rewind ride are already in, and plenty of people have gotten the chance to check out the brand new storyline featuring Epcotians and Xandarians going on an epic adventure to save the universe with their Marvel heroes. There are plenty of surprises to be found within Cosmic Rewind, not least of which is a mirror and a sign at the very end of the ride that can actually be translated. I figured out the key, and if you want to know what it reads, I have you covered.
In order to crack the code of the alien language seen throughout the new Guardians coaster, all I needed was a phone to capture some of the signage and a handy dandy pencil and notebook later to keep a key for which alien letter corresponded with which letter in English. Hope you prepared!
What The Plaque At The End Of Guardians Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Reads
Let's just cut to the chase. After saving the galaxy and exiting Cosmic Rewind, riders go down a long hallway and a set of stairs leading to an exit. Before you head back out into the park, you'll see a mirror and a message written in the Xandarian language. It took a while to crack the code, but I got there, unlocking both the message by the mirror and the alien language seen on other parts of the ride. To the right of the mirror there’s an arrow with the word “observe” pointing toward the mirror. Then the message says:
I’m a little unclear on the punctuation part -- sorry I'm not 100% fluent in Xandarian just yet -- but that’s the message. When you’re passing the mirror, be sure to give it a smile, as it’s a cute selfie photo opp and the sign is actually encouraging you to show your pearly whites!
How To Translate The Xandarian Text Through The Queue For Epcot’s New Guardians Rollercoaster
It's not just the message above that can be translated, to note. If you are wanting to translate everything from Xandarian text on a trash can to emergency exit protocols, once you have the key it's pretty easy to do. What tipped us off this may be the case is that Cosmic Rewind's adjacent-ish ride at Disneyland, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, also has similar messaging that can be uncovered.
So, how did I get started translating the Cosmic Rewind text? First, I figured out the sign above that clearly had letters that were meant to read Epcot (there are several other signs that also have the Epcot letters), which gave me the characters for the letters e, p, c, o, and a t. From there, other signage sprinkled throughout the ride helped me to get enough corresponding English and Xandarian letters in order to translate the full message for those exiting Cosmic Rewind and returning to the Epcot park at Walt Disney World. (Eventually, I actually figured out the whole sign above reads "Now Entering Epcot.") It also helped me to see how even the alien text in the queue is in service of the overall storyline on the ride.
The next thing that really helped me to get cooking was a particular signboard that had a phrase listed both in English and the language of Xandar. That sign reads Treasures of Xandar and gave me hugely necessary letters, like showing me what the s, and the u and the r look like. It’ll even give ya the x! From there I was able to continue figuring out signs until I mostly had a full key and had enough to translate all kinds of stuff on the ride.
Why It's Fun To Translate The Signage On Guardians Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
I already helped you out with the longer message, but I really don't want to deep dive too much more for you, because there's alien signage ALL over this queue. I wrote out my own key as I was getting started with this, and if you do the same, you'll see plenty of places throughout the queue where the alien text can be translated.
Some of the signage is there and will help you to work on your alphabet key, though it's worth noting some of the signs have both English and Xandarian but don't say expressly the same thing. For example there's an emergency exit sign that's also written out in the Xandarian language, but that sign reads "safe escape route only" in the alien language. Thus, that one's not gonna help with your alphabet key unless you happen to have this article open.
For me though, the signs that are the most fun to translate are the ones in the alien language only, reading things like "loading airlock" or "evacuation protocol," or in the case at the end of the ride a large painted wall message reads "arrivals." These are great because they are germane to the storyline in the ride, which tells a tale of how those visiting Xandar have to follow a big baddie back in time to both escape annihilation and watch the Guardians save the day. The queue, then, becomes the route to the escape ship. And as the ride ends to the tune of an awesome, Imagineer-created mixtape, not only have you saved the day, but you've arrived at your return destination, Epcot, too.
It's clever, it's fun, and if you got some time on your hands when the Guardians of the Galaxy-themed ride opens -- a virtual queue for Cosmic Rewind is expected -- this should give you and your party of Epcotians something fun to do!
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is available in previews now and officially opens to the public on May 27th. If you've been wondering how the new coaster stacks up to another thrilling newcomer Florida coaster, the VelociCoaster, we have you covered as well.
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Jessica Rawden is Managing Editor at CinemaBlend. She’s been kicking out news stories since 2007 and joined the full-time staff in 2014. She oversees news content, hiring and training for the site, and her areas of expertise include theme parks, rom-coms, Hallmark (particularly Christmas movie season), reality TV, celebrity interviews and primetime. She loves a good animated movie. Jessica has a Masters in Library Science degree from Indiana University, and used to be found behind a reference desk most definitely not shushing people. She now uses those skills in researching and tracking down information in very different ways.