By Caitlin Corsello
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a favorite of many guests thanks to its amazing theme, attractions, experiences, entertainment, and dining. The park is home to several of the most thrilling attractions in Walt Disney World including one located at the end of Sunset Boulevard. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith invites guests into G Force Records where they happen upon Aerosmith as they are finishing up in the studio. Guests soon find themselves invited to a concert across time and scrambling to make it on time. Luckily, guests can ride in super stretch limos that rocket through the neon lights of downtown while rocking out to the music of Aerosmith. Many guests absolutely love the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, but they may overlook some amazing facts and hidden details throughout the experience. From Hidden Mickeys and rock and roll history to guest interaction and clever word play, there are many great details to find! Here are seven facts and secrets about the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
7. Missing Band
While many guests can’t imagine the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith being any different, the entire experience was almost completely different than the version found today. Aerosmith is the featured band, however when the attraction was being conceptualized Imagineers brainstormed about featuring the Rolling Stones. Imagine rocking through downtown to the Rolling Stones instead of Aerosmith!
6. Guests’ Name In Lights
Guests who wait on the FastPass or Single Rider lines enter into G Force Records through a circular lobby that features posters advertising some of the biggest acts in music. While many guests just walk through this room, those who look closely might see their name in lights! Thanks to new technology linked to Magic Bands, the posters can change to feature a guest’s name and hometown making some great publicity for their big show!
5. Hey Jude
While waiting in the area near the studios, guests can overhear several different announcements paging certain artists and workers to report to different areas. Guests who listen closely might pick up on a great reference which pays tribute to one of the biggest bands in the history of rock and roll. The page is looking for an employee named Jude and features the phrase “hey, Jude!” which pays homage to the iconic Beatles song of the same name.
4. A Rocking Hidden Mickey
While waiting in the preshow area of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and checking out Aerosmith finishing up in the studio and inviting them to the concert, guests can also be on the lookout for a Hidden Mickey. The classic Hidden Mickey is formed by three circles of coiled cable found on the floor in the forefront of the studio. The Hidden Mickey periodically changes places, so guests should definitely look all around them to find it.
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3. Sticker Hidden Mickey
The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is home to another Hidden Mickey that can be found after the exit to the studio opens up to the alley outside. While many guests are looking to their right and watching the thrilling launch of the super stretch limos, there is a great Hidden Mickey found to their left hand side. To the left is a bulletin board featuring lots of flyers and posters advertising all sorts of services and music. Located on the board is a small round sticker that features Mickey himself.
2. Just Push Pay
As guests get closer to the loading platform, there are plenty of other great details to enjoy. Across from the guest side of the loading platform is a small kiosk that looks as though it belongs at the exit of a garage for guests to pay for their time parked there. Those who can look straight across should search for a sticker which features a great homage to a classic song by Aerosmith. On the kiosk, the words “Just Push Pay!” can be found, paying direct tribute to the Aerosmith song “Just Push Play” which can be heard at different points throughout the experience.
1. Elvis Tribute
Also found in the loading area of the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is another musical reference that pays tribute to the king of rock and roll. Located above guests’ heads as they approach the loading platform are hanging signs that are shaped like electric guitars. The signs feature important safety information including how to properly pull down on the restraints and guests who are not advised to enjoy the attraction. Guests who look at the bottom of each of these safety signs will notice a rather unique thank you. Each sign concludes with the phrase “thank you vera much” which pays tribute to Elvis Presley and his unique accent and way of speaking.