Welcome back, friends! We’ve talked about a few of my favorite attractions over the past few weeks and today we will keep on trucking. The past top attractions I’ve mentioned have weighed heavily on the nostalgia scale but this next one is just plain fun! While is does have some nostalgia for me, pretty much all of Disney does, my reasons for choosing this as a top five are based on other factors.
Growing up, Aerosmith was definitely one of my favorite bands. I’ve gone through some heavy classic rock phases in my life and you just can’t dismiss Aerosmith during those times. They’re just part of rock n’ roll, man. I will admit I wasn’t sure what to expect when I heard they collaborated with Disney to open an actual ride at MGM Studios (RIP MGM, #foreverinmyheart). In my head I thought, “How ‘cool’ could a Disney attraction actually be based on one of my favorite bands?” Disney and Rock ‘N’ Roll? It didn’t seem to mesh well to me, so I was definitely curious. What I soon found out after its opening in July of 1999 was that it was actually REALLY cool. While Disney just seemed a bit too innocent to me for such a project, I think they pulled this off well. There are so many things to love about this ride, and I’m about to lay them out for you.
Firstly, I think Disney did a pretty good job with the flow of the attraction from the line to the actual ride, including the theme. This idea here is that you’re at the recording studio with the band and you are all running late for the concert of your life. How will you get there in time? A super stretch limo, of course. Your attraction experience actually begins as soon as you walk under the upside down limo hanging overhead at Hollywood Studios (Uhrm MGM). The sights and sounds scream rock ‘n’ roll in the land of California. It’s all waiting just for you!
With updated MagicBand technology, you are able to have some fun interactive experiences in the line queue. Disney is always good about making small changes that have a bigger impact and they are great at using technology to do so. I don’t want to give too many details up but know there are some fun easter eggs to look for in the line queue alone.
After you get through some other fun and interactive parts of the line, your experience continues as you are ushered into the recording studio to interact with the band themselves. Taking place at the G-force recording studio, this is where you find out you’re running late for the concert and will be getting some backstage passes as well. The problem is that you have to hurry, so you better load up fast! Once you leave the recording studio, you are transitioned out onto the alleyway to load up in your super stretch limo and be on your way. This is a shorter line that will get you to the loading zone for the ride.
I have to take a moment here to talk about surprise celebrity cameos. It’s no secret that on random days, celebrities are known to pop up in certain attractions of the parks to make the experience that much more real. In the past, Johnny Depp, Whoopie Goldberg and, of course, Steven Tyler have been on this list. I’m telling you this because this ride is based on Aerosmith and there have been many times over the past years that Steven Tyler (the lead singer for those who don’t know), has popped up in the actual recording studio of the attraction to personally interact with his fans. I have never been a part of any of these experiences, I’ve only seen the videos people post, but I can imagine how stinking cool it would be to see this in person. If you are one of these people, feel free to reach out! I would love to know what that’s like. Ok, moving on.
Now, the really fun part. I have to first admit that I love a good thrill ride. Roller coasters that go upside down are among my favorite. Anything else to add to the thrill, bring….it….on! A roller coaster that goes upside down inside as a dark ride? Uh, yes please!
Not only does this ride go upside down in the dark, it has what super smart science people call G-force. You might be like, huh? G-force, let’s talk about. According to dictionary.com, G-Force is “a form of acceleration that causes the accelerating object to experience a force acting in the opposite direction to the acceleration.” Basically, it’s a smaller version of being slapped, but your whole body is involved.
The Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster has 5g of G-force because you go from 0 to 57 mph in 2 seconds flat at the start of the ride. Essentially you leave the station but your stomach is still running to catch up with you for 2 seconds. Don’t worry, it will catch up with you, eventually. If that’s not enough for you, as you catapult into this experience of looping upside down in the dark, you get to listen to some of your favorite (or maybe not so favorite) rock ‘n’ roll tracks from days of old.
Most people who know me well understand my affinity for music. It’s always been a passion of mine. I love me some loud, fun music because it usually accompanies amazing times in my life. It has been a friend in hard times and good times. When I need it, it’s always there. Having said this, it was only natural that I fell in love with LA’s Classic Rock Station blaring in your ears as you ride this attraction.
Of course, each song you will hear is one of Aerosmith’s. There are 5 stretch limos that play separate tracks so you can have 5 different ride experiences, which I love. In my younger years, I could ride this ride back to back to back. Now, not so much, but if I could, I would. Between G-force and loop-dee-loops, my stomach and head need a few more minutes to re-adjust now a days.
Even though I can’t rock ‘n’ roll like I use to, this is still one of my all time favorite attractions. We may not always get FastPasses, but we certainly make it a priority. It’s also one of the few rides at WDW that have the single-rider line option (others include Test Track in Epcot and Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom). We don’t mind splitting up sometimes if it means we get to have the experience one extra time. If you’ve made it this far, I hope you love it as much as I do and if you’ve never ridden it, please give it a chance!
Special thanks to @thezipadeedoocrew & @apopkapete for the use of their stellar photos!