Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Disney and rock music aren’t usually two things you would group into one category. After all, rock music can be risqué and rebellious, and Disney is all about family fun. But 10 years ago this week, Disney merged with legendary rock stars Aerosmith to create the Rock ‘N’ Rollercoaster, a milestone ride for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This indoor rollercoaster, located next to the Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror, became an instant hit and FastPass option for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The logistics of the ride contained many Disney firsts and amazing rollercoaster statistics. The ride shoots off from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds at the start. Only EPCOT’s Test Track is faster. The rider experiences G forces of 4.5, which is faster than astronauts experience during space launches! With three inversions, two rollover loops and one corkscrew, this coaster broke all previous coaster records in the Walt Disney parks family.

Music lovers will especially enjoy the Aerosmith elements present throughout the ride. As you first enter, you’re lead into a music studio where an interactive video with the rock legends plays for the audience. The story revolves around the band being late for a concert in LA and having to cut their special studio performance (of which you are the audience) short. The “backstage passes” you get as compensation are for a stretch limo ride straight to LA for the concert. That stretch limo is your coaster car which reaches maximum speeds of 60 mph. The best part of this ride is the music. Each of the cars have various “license plates” with names like “2FAST4U” and “UGOGIRL." Depending on the car you are in you will get a different set of Aerosmith songs on your ride. With five speakers per car and a 32,000 watt audio system, you will get to hear it all.

Back when the ride opened, Disney held a special contest for fans. The special guests were Aerosmith themselves and a few lucky fans were treated to a buffet meal and a chance to ride the coaster with one of the band members. To celebrate the ride’s one year anniversary, Disney brought in 80 Corvettes to form a parking-lot version of the signature red Fender Stratocaster that serves as the ride’s trademark. If you’re visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios, then take a ride through a rock and roll journey with Aerosmith on the Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster—it’s a thrill-seeker must!


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