Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
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|Rock 'n' Roller Coaster|
A giant red Fender Stratocaster greets Aerosmith enthusiasts outside the ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.
|Disney's Hollywood Studios|
|Opening date||July 29, 1999|
|Walt Disney Studios Park|
|Opening date||March 16, 2002|
|Type||Steel – Enclosed – Launched|
|Designer||Walt Disney Imagineering|
|Lift/launch system||LSM launch with catch car|
|Height||80 ft (24 m)|
|Length||3,403 ft (1,037 m)|
|Speed||57 mph (92 km/h)|
|Duration||1:22 (Pre-show is 3:12)|
|Capacity||1800 riders per hour|
|Acceleration||0 to 57 mph (0 to 92 km/h) in 2.8 seconds|
|G-force||1G during launch, 4.5 during loop|
|Height restriction||48 in (122 cm)|
|Trains||5 (max. 4 in operation) trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.|
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Single rider line available at Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (commonly referred to as simply Rock 'n' Roller Coaster) is an enclosed launched steel roller coaster ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort and at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris. The Florida attraction opened on July 29, 1999 and is located at the end of Sunset Boulevard, an area of the park which also features The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The Paris attraction opened on March 16, 2002 in the Backlot section of the park; it is currently the fastest roller coaster in France.
The coaster accelerates from 0 to 57 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds (making this the second-fastest attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort, behind only Test Track and the fastest ride at Disneyland Paris). The riders experience 4.5 G (44 m/s2) as they enter the first inversion, more than an astronaut does on a space shuttle launch. Both versions of the attraction feature five trains, although only four can run at one time. The remaining train is kept in backup while being serviced (each train is rotated out periodically for safety reasons).
Cast member previews for the ride were initially held the last week of June, 1999. On 29 July 1999, the ride officially opened with a special, invitation-only party, with Aerosmith as the guests of honor. Winners rode to Disney's Hollywood Studios in stretch limousines and were treated to an all-you-can-eat buffet and bar. After a special performance by painter Denny Dent, winners got the chance to ride the roller coaster with one of the Aerosmith band members. At the exit of the ride, outside of the gift shop, there hangs a picture from the special event. The paintings Denny Dent made of the five band members hang in various employee office locations on Walt Disney World property.
The pre-show has changed from when the attraction first opened. Currently, band member Joe Perry would ask "Chris" to "grab my black Les Paul." A Disney cast member in the pre-show area would then pick up and remove a black guitar signed by Joe Perry from the set. The script uses the unisex name "Chris" so either a male or female could play the part. Although not used as often as when the ride first opened, the position is still used from time to time (generally, if the attraction is overstaffed). The film also includes a roadie saying "Hey Joe, I'll get it for ya" as a backup, in the event that a cast member is not available for the part.
Guests begin the queue by entering through a small and narrow tent, with boxes designed like instrument cases decorating the scene. The guests then wait in an unshaded, gridded-queue area (if the queue is long), and then proceed to a ramp that takes them back and forth, to curve around the front of the building, behind the giant electric guitar, and into the "G-Force Records" recording studio. Guests then enter a circular room with a high ceiling decorated with a giant record. Guests can see posters for bands or artists Disney has signed, along with other miscellaneous and famous bands/singers. These posters are displayed via LCD scene and are changed daily. Guests then continue immediately to enter a small room with doors covered in marbles and a small exhibit of recording instruments. Guests can interact with the marble doors and often do, and if they take the time to look at the exhibit, they will see various funny parts (i.e. the person who organized and presented the exhibit is named Mike Rofone). Guests are then called by a Cast Member to join other guests (this is where the Fastpass + line and Stand-by lines merge) to enter the studio that Aerosmith is recording in. Guests wait for the recording to stop, and the automatic doors eventually open. As guests enter, the song "Walk This Way" plays, except, after the introduction is played, the drums, vocals, and guitar cuts out, leaving only the bassline (the guitar occasionally comes back in). Guests see Aerosmith recording and wait momentarily, until the band is interrupted by their manager. The manager tells the band that they have a show to get to, and they can't stay with the guests any longer. Steven Tyler expresses discontent with this outcome and suggests to his manager to get the guests to their concert, along with backstage passes. The manager reluctantly accepts, after a few seconds of persuasion. After she accepts to give the ride and tickets to the show, the guests see her call her assistant "Sal", who she tells to get a "stretch" limo. After a few seconds of thinking, she takes it back and instead asks for a "super stretch". She then tells the guests that she has gotten a "really fast car" for them to ride to the concert because the show is all the way across town. We then see the limo with the band in it already peel out of the lot, leaving the manager behind. The automatic doors open to the outdoor parking garage, where guests will be boarding their limos. As the doors open, the audio for "Walk This Way" plays as guests exit. Guests walk along a fence that separates them from the limos. Immediately after entering the garage, guests see the limos that are ready to be launched off from 0 to 58 MPH in 2.8 seconds. As cars launch off, guests hear echoed and intense screaming, and extra added sound effects (which can scare guests and make them nervous). Guests then proceed from here through a short line to board their limo.
While the guests wait for the ride to begin, a radio DJ presents the safety spiel, followed by a traffic report. The highway sign flashes humorous messages like: "Traffic bug you? Then STEP on it!" Guests wait for the car ahead of them to finish the ride, and eventually they hear an introduction (which varies, and includes messages such as "We're only just getting started!" or "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster!"). After this introduction, Steven Tyler alternates between each ear the countdown of "Five, four, three, two, one!", as they hear the introduction of the song they're about to hear. As Tyler gets to 1 in the countdown, guests begin to accelerate from 0 to 58 MPH in less than 2.8 seconds. During this initial second, the on-ride camera takes the photo of the guests. After a long straightway, the car proceeds to do an inversion, and then some less intense maneuvers. During the ride, there are neon signs on the side of the track, designed to mimic road signs. The car continues along the track, until it reaches the second inversion, a corkscrew. Finally, guests perform a humpback as they enter the "VIP parking" section for the fictitious concert. Guests wait in a tunnel at a stop for a moment, then proceed to the VIP backstage area, where they're greeted by a red carpet and monitors displaying their ride photos. Guests then exit through the gift shop.
There are five speakers per seat, a total of 120 per limo. Aerosmith worked with Disney Imagineers to produce a special soundtrack for the roller coaster. Each coaster train features different Aerosmith songs.
- The songs heard to each ride contain some new lyrics written specifically for the attraction. (Love in an Elevator is sung as "Love in a roller coaster," for example.)
- Car license plates, and songs heard on each car (Note: Updated Jan 2008 after 2007 refurbishment)
There is a 6th Limo in the fleet of ride vehicles of Rock'n'Roller Coaster. This vehicle is without a license plate, and is always "in refurbishment." The vehicles are rotated in and out of use after a period of many thousands of laps around the track. However, the maintenance teams will switch out the plate and add the proper song to the new vehicle every time a rotation is made.
The ride formerly featured Uncle Joe Benson, a well-known Los Angeles, CA rock radio DJ, as the station's DJ. Currently, Bill Hart (known as Bill St. James), the host of ABC Radio's "Flashback", provides the voice for the DJ of "LA's Classic Rock Station".
The height requirement on this ride is 48 inches.
Walt Disney Studios Park attraction
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster also exists in Disneyland Paris' Walt Disney Studios Park, named "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster avec Aerosmith".
Although the track layout is identical to its Orlando counterpart, the theme of the ride differs—instead of guests being taken on the Los Angeles freeways, the Paris version is based around an Aerosmith music video. Lighting rigs, projectors, strobes, and smoke effects are used in place of the road signs that exist in the U.S. version. The name of the record company is Tour de Force (instead of "G-Force") Records, and the vehicles in Paris are called "Soundtrackers" instead of limousines.
The story of the Paris version is that Aerosmith, working with engineers, have created a revolutionary new music experience at the Tour De Force Records studios. After watching the pre-show which features Aerosmith's Steven Tyler hyping up the ride, guests are lured into the testing area where they board the prototype vehicle for the new experience, the Soundtracker.
A unique aspect of the Walt Disney Studios version is that each Soundtracker has its own theme. There are five different lightshows and five different soundtracks, one for each Soundtracker. The themes are as follows:
- Soundtracker 1: green lightshow theme; plays "Back In The Saddle" and "Dude Looks Like A Lady".
- Soundtracker 2: purple lightshow theme; plays "Young Lust", "F.I.N.E." and "Love In An Elevator".
- Soundtracker 3: multicolour lightshow theme; plays "Love In An Elevator" and "Walk This Way".
- Soundtracker 4: red/yellow lightshow theme; plays "Nine Lives".
- Soundtracker 5: blue lightshow theme; plays "Sweet Emotion (live)".
- One in the pre-show (found on a small chalkboard in the bottom right corner of the sound room (this one was made by a cast member and changes at times)
- One in the pre-show (found on the ground, formed by three coils of wire).
- One in place of each "Expiration Date" for the license plates on the limos.
- Many on the floor in Studio C, hidden in the carpet pattern.
- Three on the ride track itself (one found on a yellow sign behind a red limo, two on the ground in a cityscape area).
- Two in the tile mosaic in the rotunda before the recording studio near the marble doors.
- One in the post show area to the right as one enters this area.
- Many on Steven Tyler's shirt on the poster outside.
- One on Joe Perry's medallion on the outside poster.
In 2000, Vekoma constructed a nearly identical version of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster for Walibi Holland in the Netherlands. Initially called Superman The Ride, the ride was renamed Xpress: Platform 13 in 2014.
- Incidents at Disney parks - information on incidents and accidents involving the attraction.
- "Record Holders". rcdb.com. Duane Marden. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
- Matt Palm (2008-07-16). "Dude Looks Like a Lady (depending on his underwear)". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
- Official Walt Disney World Rock 'n' Roller Coaster website
- Official Disneyland Paris Rock 'n' Roller Coaster website
- Photos Magiques - Rock 'n' Roller Coaster avec Aerosmith