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. This Disney roller coaster ride accelerates from 0-57 mph in just 2.8 seconds cataputing riders 200 feet! And 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 and officially opened to take it’s first Limo guests on July 30 1999.
The statistics about Rock N Roller Coaster may be a little intimidating to some! But many riders say that the experience is so smooth and immersive you aren't particularly aware of the technicality of what is happening to you. My husband was amused when I (who is not a huge fan of roller coasters) came off the ride having loved it and said 'I think I liked it because at least you didn't go upside down or anything like that'. OK I was very wrong. There are 3 inversions. This was a first for Disney World as Rock N Roller Coaster has one 360 loop, a Cobra Roll and a Corkscrew. But because 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 adrenaline and fun!
The experience begins as you approach the Rock and Roller Coaster courtyard area - 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 Fast Pass and a Single Rider line available. Use them if you can. The line for this popular Disney World coaster can get pretty long. So plan whether you are going to ride Rock N Roller Coaster or Tower of Terror first and 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.
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 - so building up the level of anxiety, or should that be excitement?
Once guests have boarded 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’. Riders hear the music through speakers in the Limo – 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 of course than reality where anything over 20 mph is good going on the crowded LA freeways!
Guests quickly arrive at their 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 – and that Aerosmith music may just take your mind of the fact that you are going upside down!
All Photos by Express Monorail
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