For those adrenaline junkies out there, one of the must-do attractions of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. This attraction may be found right across from Twilight Zone Tower of Terror after entering the park and turning right on Sunset Boulevard.
In this attraction, guests are greeted by the rock band Aerosmith who invite the guests along to their next gig. Of course, to get there, “stretch limos” are ordered to transport everyone through the hectic freeways of Los Angeles.
Now considered a classic attraction at Disney World, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster first opened in 1999, ten years after Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened. Those visiting the area of the ride will immediately notice the large Fender Stratocaster guitar whose strings morph into a track upon which an inverted vehicle is shown. That inversion is not without purpose as it indicates what a portion of the ride entails.
After going through the queue, guests are led into the G-Force Records studio where the band Aerosmith is portrayed on a large video screen. They are just finishing a recording session and greet the guests only to be told by their manager that they have to get going to their next show. Not wanting to leave their fans in the lurch, Aerosmith directs their manager to give everyone backstage passes and orders up stretch limos to get everyone across town.
From there, guests enter the ride loading area made to look like an alley. The ride vehicles pull up and are designed to look like stretch limos. After being seated and locked in, the cars pull forward to the launch area.
After a short countdown, the cars launch 0-60 in 2.8 seconds making it the second fastest ride in Disney World behind Test Track. Speed is not the only factor adding to the excitement, however. The ride also offers three inversions, two of them loops and one corkscrew.
Adding to that, the mainly dark ride is lit up in locations with street signs representative of the Los Angeles freeways and five speakers per seat are used to blast out the music of Aerosmith.
After approximately a minute and half, the ride is over and you exit through the standard gift shop.
This ride is a must for many, and even those who do not typically enjoy roller-coasters may find this one entertaining and surprisingly comfortable despite the 4.5gs experienced during the first inversion.
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