When you plan a Walt Disney World vacation, you can book all of your meals, plan each one of your days, and make a list of every attraction you want to go on. Some Guests even have their trips planned down to the minute. However, some room must always be left in the schedule for unexpected delays and ride downtimes. Even if an attraction is not scheduled to go down, things happen and rides may experience a temporary closure.
Unfortunately, one popular Hollywood Studios ride is experiencing a multi-day closure and multiple problems, and no one is really sure why.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith has been struggling to remain open for nearly a week. The attraction was closed from December 29 until January 1, a time when Walt Disney World is at its busiest. The ride managed to open on January 2, but the joy of having the roller coaster working once again was short-lived. January 3 saw the attraction close — and it remains “temporarily closed” at the time of publication. All Lightning Lane passes for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster were gone at approximately 10:30 a.m., even though the ride closed down just around 8:30 a.m.
This is not the first time the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster has experienced issues in the past month. On December 1, Guests were evacuated from the ride when smoke was seen in the building. There was no fire, but the smoke issue caused the ride to close for two days. At this time, Disney has not said what problems the ride is experiencing or what they are doing to fix the issue and hopefully open the ride sometime in the near future.
What is interesting about this closure, is that the ride suffered issues at the start of last year and was unexpectedly closed for several days then as well. The end of the current year and the beginning of a new one seems to be a cursed time for the ride that zips Guests through downtown Hollywood, so they can make it to the Aerosmith concert on time.
Even though Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster may be down, there are still a ton of great things to do at Hollywood Studios. You can head to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and fly the Millennium Falcon or ride Rise of the Resistance (an absolute must-do). You can also make your way over to Toy Story Land, where there are great attractions like Slinky Dog Dash and Toy Story Mania. If you are looking for something a little more relaxing, you can experience Muppet*Vision 3D with some of your favorites like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and the Swedish Chef.