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Disney Rock N Roller Coaster is one of the most innovative and exciting attractions in Walt Disney World. More than just a roller coaster it is an experience!
Go to Disney Hollywood Studios to ride this 80 foot tall 1 minute 22 second indoor roller coaster. Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster is fast. Very fast. The Rock N Roller Coaster speed ride accelerates from 0-57 mph in just 2.8 seconds cataputing riders 200 feet forward.
Riders experience G Force of up to 4.5. So this is not your usual Disney World Roller Coaster. But the real attraction of this ride is way more than speed. It is a whole experience.
The inspiration for the ride was rock band legends Aerosmith. Rock N Roller Coaster was dedicated on July 29. Disney Rock N Roller Coaster officially opened to take it’s first Limo guests on July 30, 1999. It has thrilled them ever since.
The statistics about Rock N Roller Coaster may be a little intimidating to some. I admit that I am not always the most enthusiastic about riding a roller coaster. However, as usual, Disney has managed to make something very special with the Rock N Roller Coaster.
The experience is so smooth and immersive you aren’t particularly aware of what is happening to you. The first time I rode Rock N Roller coaster was many years ago just after it first opened.
After my first ride on the roller coaster, I said that I probably liked it because it didn’t go upside down. How wrong I was!
There are two loops and one corkscrew. I had no idea. I just thought Rock N Roller Coaster is a whole lot of fun.
This was a first for Disney World as Rock N Roller Coaster has one 360 loop, a Cobra Roll and a Corkscrew.
However, as this is a roller coaster in the dark with all the smoothness which Space Mountain lacks, you simply have no sense of what you are actually experiencing. Except for adrenaline and fun!
The experience begins as you approach the Rock and Roller Coaster courtyard area. It’s located at the end of Sunset Boulevard to the left of Hollywood Tower of Terror.
You can’t fail to notice the huge 40 foot tall Stratocaster guitar on the side of the G Force Recording Studios Building. Go to your right and you will see the line area.
There is a Rock N Roller Coaster Fast Pass and a Single Rider line available. Use them if you can. The line for this popular Disney World roller coaster can get pretty long.
So plan whether you are going to ride Rock N Roller Coaster or Tower of Terror first. Get a Fast Pass for the one you want to ride second, and get in line for the other attraction to save you the maximum amount of time.
The Disney Rock N Roller Coaster height requirement is 48″. This lets you know that this is one of the more thrilling rides in the Disney parks. Most do not have a 48″ height requirement. This is a serious roller coaster!
Every great Disney ride has a back story. Here the idea is that Aerosmith are wrapping up a recording session and are late for a concert. Aerosmith don’t want to be late and invite you to join them in their high-speed Limo which will get them to the concert on time.
You will see Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and the Aerosmith band right there in front of you. Take the chance to look around this sound studio area as there is a collection of rock and roll memorabilia on display.
Are you ready to ride Rock N Roller Coaster? As you exit the pre-show you will enter the loading area. Each Limo has space for 24 guests. There is usually plenty of time in the loading area for guests to watch several launches of the ride. This builds up the level of anxiety, or should that be excitement?
Once guests have boarded the car the Limo slowly moves towards the launch position. All the while Aerosmith music can be heard. Then wait for the countdown. Then launch 200 feet from 0-57 mph in 2.8 seconds. Be warned that this is the time that the ride photo is taken. It can capture some interesting expressions!
One of the best features of the ride is the music. There are 5 Limos which are operating at any one time and each has a different soundtrack. Some of the lyrics have been changed such as ‘Love in an Elevator’ becomes ‘Love on a Roller Coaster’.
Each of the Rock N Roller Coaster limos has a different soundtrack and license plate:
H8TRFFC – Back in the Saddle and Dude (Looks Like a Lady)
2FAST4U – Sweet Emotion
1QKLIMO – Nine Lives
UGOBABE – Walk this Way and Love in an Elevator
BUHBYE – Young Lust, F.I.N.E. and Love in an Elevator
Is there a favorite Rock N Roller Coaster track? It depends upon which is your favorite Aerosmith song. If we got the option we would choose UGOBABE which has Walk This Way and Love in an Elevator. All the Rock N Roller Coaster tracks are great though and add to the overall amazing experience of the ride.
Riders hear the music through speakers in the Limo. This means it’s loud and efficient enough so that this is all you hear whilst experiencing the ride. There are 125 speakers and 24 sub-woofers in each Limo.
Guests get the sense that they are speeding along the freeways of Los Angeles on their way to The Forum concert venue. Freeway signs for Interstate 5, Interstate 10 and U.S. Route 101 flash past on your 57 mph ride.
Way faster than reality where anything over 20 mph is good going on the crowded LA freeways!
The Rock N Roller Coaster track is 3,406 feet long. You have absolutely no sense of how long the track is! The only thing I would change about Rock N Roller Coaster is to make it last longer. It’s 1 minute 22 seconds of pure fun, but we could stand a little more.
You arrive quickly back at your destination and exit out onto the red carpet – and the store of course.
As with all Walt Disney World attractions, there are Hidden Mickey’s to be found. Look closely at Steven Tyler’s shirt on the poster outside the building, lots on the floor at Studio C and even a changing one on the board in the pre-show area.
Rock and Roller Coaster is not for the faint-hearted but it may be for those guests who do not usually think that they like roller coasters. It is smooth and extremely innovative. That Aerosmith music may just take your mind off the fact that you are going upside down!
All Photos by Express Monorail
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