Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to some of the most thrilling attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort and many Guests love to spend time in the Disney Park enjoying high speeds, daring adventures, and more. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is one of the most thrilling attractions in Hollywood Studios and features an immersive story and experience that invites Guests to tap into their daring sides and mingle with rock royalty.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith begins by welcoming Guests into G Force Records, where they tour various memorabilia and even get the chance to check out a studio where a chance encounter with Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and the rest of Aerosmith occurs. Guests then find themselves invited as VIPs backstage to a concert, but there’s a catch — the show starts soon, and it’s all the way across town.
Cut to Guests emerging from the studio in a back alleyway and boarding unique super stretch limos that launch them at high speeds into the neon lights of downtown Los Angeles at night. With classic Aerosmith songs blaring, the only inversions in Walt Disney World, and some big thrills in the dark, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith can’t be missed. Be sure to look all around on any visit to the attraction to check out these amazing details that help to add depth and immersion to the experience!
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring… The Rolling Stones?
While Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith obviously focuses on the rock legends in Aerosmith, original concepts for the attraction featured another iconic band that Guests know and love. Walt Disney Imagineering originally had their sights set on featuring The Rolling Stones as the band that Guests get to befriend on the attraction, but high costs kept the deal from ever happening and instead led to the version of the experience that Guests know and love today.
The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith was constructed at the end of Sunset Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 1999 and is located right next door to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, which opened in 1994. With two very popular attractions in close vicinity, Sunset Boulevard is always busy with Guests who might be totally unaware that there is a large power station nearby that was added when Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith was constructed. The two attractions combined require so much power that an additional power station was necessary to keep them both running smoothly during day-to-day operations in the Park.
See Your Name in Lights
The queue for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith features an outdoor portion that winds its way up gently sloping walkways before entering the lobby of G Force Records. The small entryway of the studio features a rounded room with LED posters on each side advertising some of the most famous bands in history as well as local performances. Guests who look closely might even notice their own names advertised as performing soon, thanks to special technology that reads their Magic Bands when close to the posters. After checking out the posters, Guests should also look up to appreciate how the columns actually form the necks of guitars complete with strings, adding a musical flair to the area.
Rockin’ Hidden Mickeys
Throughout Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, there are several Hidden Mickeys for Guests to spot, including one found inside the main studio where Aerosmith can be found wrapping up their recording session. Towards the right-hand side of the room is an amp with wires on the floor in front of it that are specially arranged to form the three concentric circles of a Hidden Mickey. Guests can also spot another Hidden Mickey after entering the alleyway on a sticker hung amongst flyers and other props on a corkboard to the left-hand side of the queue.
A Nod to the King
Also found in the alleyway are overhead safety signs that share important information about the upcoming experience with Guests. These safety signs are shaped like guitars and feature a special line at the end that is not only polite, but pays tribute to the king of rock and roll. The last line of text on the sign reads “thank you vera much” which is a reference to Elvis Presley and the unique accent that he was famous for.
One of the best parts of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is listening to blasting classic songs by the band while rocketing through the neon lights of downtown LA. The super stretch limos that Guests ride on have been retrofitted with an incredible speaker system to ensure that every single Guest on board has the absolute best sound possible throughout the experience. This is achieved through a system of 125 speakers, 24 subwoofers, and a 32,000-watt audio system that cranks out beloved Aerosmith songs.
Get Ready to Launch
In order to gain the necessary speed needed to blast down the track and make it through the two loops and one corkscrew on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, the attraction utilizes a thrilling launch that brings Guests from a standstill to high speed in seconds flat. Using special technology, the attraction launches Guests from zero to 57 miles per hour in under three seconds before immediately launching them into the first inversion. This incredible launch is absolutely one of the most thrilling experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort and puts Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster as the second-fastest attraction on property, behind only Test Track Presented by Chevrolet in EPCOT.
After blasting off, Guests can enjoy the twists, turns, and loops of the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster set to favorite songs by the band. Depending on which track Guests get, they can hear a medley of classic hits including “Dude (Looks Like a Lady),” “Sweet Emotion,” “Walk This Way,” and “Back in the Saddle” in addition to “Love in an Elevator,” which has been specially recorded as “Love in a Roller Coaster” just for the attraction!