In 1990, Sunset Boulevard at Disney-MGM Studios, or Hollywood Studios as known today, began expansion, including the new Rock ‘n Roller Coaster. Fun fact: The attraction was built in an area that used to be a Cast Member parking lot!
Originally called Rocking Rollercoaster, Imagineers began construction of this massive fast-paced attraction in the mid-1990s. During the construction, Aerosmith band members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry had a hand in planning the pre-show for the ride. Tyler and Perry gave advice to Disney Imagineers on the placements of the guitars, drums, and musical equipment in the studio scene of the pre-show.
After their help, before the Rock ‘n Roller Coaster debuted on July 29, 1999, Imagineers invited Tyler and Perry to test out the ride, which they did….multiple times! Aerosmith was also in attendance for the opening ceremony on July 29th.
Rock ‘n Roller Coaster is an amazing track filled with neon lights, twists and turns, and amazing music from Aerosmith! The track measures 3, 403 feet and ranks as the second-fastest roller coaster at Walt Disney World, falling behind Test Track. Fun fact: parts of the coaster was manufactured and built in Germany and the Netherlands.
As you prepare for your ride, you enter into a stretch limousine that was influenced by a Cadillac from around 1962! As limos come in to pick up the guests, take a look at the license plates! There are five personalized license plates that state, UGOGIRL, BUHBYE, H8TRFFC, 1QKLIMO, and 2FAST4U. Also featured on the plates are hidden Mickey’s and each plate contains the Imagineer that worked on that limos’ birthday.
Now, climb aboard the limo and strap in for your wild ride as you listen to classic rock jock from Los Angeles, Uncle Joe Benson, who you may recall as the original voice “broadcasting live” from the Aerosmith concerts. Once you are completely strapped in, the limo will rocket off to get you to the concert in time traveling at 57 mph in just 2.8 sec! As you twist and turn through the ride which features multiple inversions, a corkscrew, and two full loops! Fun fact: guests will experience a G-Force between 4-5 when entering the first inversion on the track!
As you ride, you might feel like you are at an actual concert. That may be because the ride features 900+ speakers, including 5 speakers surrounding each rider. Each limousine contains 125 speakers, 24 sub-woofers and more than 32k watts of audio amplifier output power. Fun fact: Not only do each limousine feature a different license plate, each limo also features a different song which includes:
“9 Lives,” “Love In An Elevator,” and “Walk This Way”
“Young Lust,” “F.I.N.E,” and “Love In A Roller Coaster” medley
“Back In The Saddle” and “Dude Looks Like a Lady” medley
As you exit the ride back into Hollywood Studios or enter into the ride as it is the same area, make sure you stop for the obligatory “I rode this ride” photo in front of the 40-foot tall electric guitar outside of the Rock ‘n Roller Coaster attraction.
Enjoy your sweet ride!
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