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Today in Disney History: Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

posted on July 29th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier this month, the Disney Parks Blog celebrated the anniversary of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – but that wasn’t the only major attraction that debuted in the month of July. Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith was dedicated July 29, 1999, and officially opened July 30.

Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

The attraction allows guests to step into the shoes of a rock band VIP, and travel from Aerosmith’s recording studio to the backstage area of their concert courtesy of a “super-stretch” limo. These vehicles are equipped with 120-125 speakers and 24 sub-woofers that provide an unforgettable soundtrack for the journey. Oh, and don’t worry about being late for the show – these “super-stretches” speed from 0-57 mph in 2.8 seconds.

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John from FL on July 29th, 2011 at 9:27 am

If I might ask, the handprints that they did on the dedication in the photo, where can you find them?

John C.

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on July 29th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I’ll look into it!

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Jason on July 29th, 2011 at 9:36 am

I finally got a chance to ride this last weekend, and the people I was with said that the lighting inside was messed up. When I rode it, the ride was pitch black dark, but apparently there are supposed to be black lights lighting up the street signs which allow you to see which way you are about to go. Are these lights going to be fixed (or maybe they already are) because I’d like to go back and try it again with all the lights working.

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Eric on July 29th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I’d heard stories that the ride was originally designed to be “starring the Rolling Stones” (which explains why the concert is “the biggest night in Hollywood!”) but…even if you’re Disney, you can’t always get what you want. :)
Fortunately, Aerosmith had Disney experience at the time, having just done their hit song for the movie “Armageddon”.

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Roger from CA on July 29th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I’m not a coaster fan and I was nervous to ride this during my first visit to WDW in 2004. But I’m glad I did!! This has to be one of my favorite attractions at WDW!! From the launch and right up til the end, you are immersed into it and forget that you even went straight into a loop at the beginning!! :)

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 1st, 2011 at 9:23 am

It is really fun!

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Kevin from FL on July 29th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

My wife and I and our daughter and her husband won a contest on the local TV station to attend the opening night of the attraction in 1999. All the contest winners met at the local TV station in Tampa and we were all transported in stretch limos to the park. There was a parade of limos heading down the interstate. They came from all over central Florida with other contest winners. It was very impressive. When we got there we were led down a red carpet with all sorts of people cheering us like we were celebrities. There was a large tent set up with food and drink and Aerosmith was there. My wife rode the coaster with Steven Tyler. There was an event painter that did a large painting for the event that night and I believe that’s what the paint is on the groups hands above. It was an excellent experience. We still talk about it whenever we are at the park.

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 1st, 2011 at 9:23 am

Wow, what a cool memory!

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Michelle from PA on July 30th, 2011 at 11:54 am

My husband & I rode it the day it opened and it is one of our favorite coasters in the parks. This is one of the attractions we rarely miss and we are normally there once a year.

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Bonny on July 30th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Anyone remember the 1st anniversary? They gave away a new corvette and got together red and silver corvettes to park in the shape of the guitar and then all move at once! It was fun! Our silver Corvette was the second silver key! :)

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Jim from OR on July 30th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Glad they added this to Disney Studios…this is the best indoor roller coaster that I have ever experienced…beats all the ones in malls that I have tried…the only comparable launch is at CA Adventure, but the fact it’s a “dark-ish” coaster makes it more fun and you can’t beat the soundtrack…most I got to ride in one day without much of a line was in hurricane season in 2004 right before hurricane Jeanne came thru and right after an earlier one hit as well and took out a lot of trees, went on it 6 times before the line got to more than 15 min…got to love it when there aren’t many people there…lines almost non-existent…

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Debbie on July 30th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Being a Disney Annual Passholder, I have ridden this coaster more times than I can count, and have absolutely loved it every single time!! It’s always a “must do” when visiting any of the Disney parks. The Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster has been and still is my favorite roller coaster ride!! Happy Anniversary!!

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William from PA on July 30th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

When this coaster first came to Hollywood (MGM) Studios, it was apparently bought from Busch Gardens, VA and was ( I beleive) called the Big Bad Wolf there.
Now, when we rode this at Busch Gardens we were talking to the people at the ride – who confirmed that it was sold to Disney.
When we were at Disney after they added this coaster, a Cast Member confirmed that this was originally in Busch Gardens – but that modifications were made to the ride – to end up with what is in Hollywood Studios now.

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Elizabeth on July 30th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I was terrified to go on this ride when I took my kids to WDW the first time in 2002, I was 37 and had to show I was brave for the kids. My husband said what is there to be scared of, we’re at Disney. We boarded and had the best time of our lives. I screamed like a little girl and when the ride was done grabbed my 2 boys and went right back in line. This is one of our all time must ride a few times rides at Disney. An who doesn’t love the boys from MA.

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Sandi on July 30th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

To qoute another group (The Who) “long live rock, be it dead or alive!” I grew up with Aerosmith and when I slide into that seat and I hear Steve Tyler in those speakers…as he likes to sing “train kept a rollin’ all night long!” Let the Rock’n’ Roller Coaster keep rollin’ down that track :)

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 1st, 2011 at 9:24 am

Aerosmith is the BEST PART of the attraction! Love them!

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Angela from LA on July 30th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Jason, my daughter was there with her school in May and said the same thing about the lights not working in this ride. She said it’s just not the same without them. Does anyone know if they are planning on fixing them soon? We are scheduled to go in December! : )

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Charlotte on July 30th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

In response to the comment about this ride being the Big Bad Wolf from Busch Gardens in Williamsburg,Va. I have to say that I don’t see how it possibly can be. We go there nearly every year and have actually ridden the Big Bad Wolf at Busch Gardens since the Rockin Roller Coaster opened in 1999. The Big Bad Wolf has closed in recent years but parts of it still remain. All other coasters at Busch Gardens are still working coasters so I can’t imagine that it’s a different one. Anyway, just wanted to help clarify.

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katherine on July 31st, 2011 at 3:12 am

I LOVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER COASTER sooooo much!!! The chose the perfect band to feature on the ride. It is just amazing. If you have never been on a roller coaster, this would be the perfect one for you. Starting from the beginning, is full of action and great music. :)

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Dana on July 31st, 2011 at 9:27 am

Our daughter (17) just rode it for the first time – she is hooked!!!! My favorite part is the picture that we get to keep of this memorable experience. It tells it all!!! I wish I could post it :) Maybe I will send it into the Disney Magazine :) It is priceless :) Family has this ride as one of their favorites :)

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JoAnn on July 31st, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I love the Rock ‘N’ Roller coaster. I can’t wait to ride it again this year.

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Hillary on July 31st, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I was JUST thinking about this ride yesterday when an Aerosmith song came on the radio. Is there anything more fun that that take off?!

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 1st, 2011 at 9:25 am

No. Nothing. :)

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Salvatore from FL on July 31st, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I love this ride. I was originally timid (scared) of going on an inverted ride, but once I went on the first time, I was hooked. I’m a rocker myself so the music just added to the great experience. For some reason,the great song “Sweet Emotion” always seems to play when I’m on there. Just luck of the draw, I guess. I’ll be back in October. Happy Anniversary Rock N Roller Coaster! \,,/ :-)

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Mary on August 2nd, 2011 at 12:16 am

I wish Disneyland would add this ride tho their parks. I rode it at Disney World in 2003 and I loved it but we go to Disneyland now because the weather is nicer and not so humid.

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Michael from MO on August 12th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

My partner and I rode Rock ‘n Roller Coaster for the first time 6 years ago. I love rollercoasters and he hates rollercoasters! After the ride as we were leaving, he yelled, “Let’s do that again!” He absolutely loves Rock ‘n Roller Coaster.

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