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Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Walt Disney StudiosSubmitted by Nick on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 12:51
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Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is a high-speed coaster housed entirely indoors. As its name suggests, the ride features a musical theme, and guests queue past a range of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Before boarding the coaster’s trains, they enter a mock recording studio, where the ride’s stars, ageing rockers Aerosmith, introduce the experience.
The central element of the coaster is its launched start, which blasts guests from 0 to 57 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds. The remainder of the ride takes place in near-darkness, with guests traversing a number of inversions and sharp turns. Aerosmith tunes accompany the journey, blaring out through an on-board audio system (each of the coaster’s 5 trains plays a slightly different selection of the band’s hits).
The ride itself is identical to its namesake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, although the storyline is slightly different. Whereas the Florida version sees guests racing across town to try and get to an Aerosmith gig in time, the plot at Walt Disney Studios revolves around the band designing a prototype of a new roller coaster.Review:
When Walt Disney Studios first opened, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster was the only thrill ride in the park’s line-up. Fortunately, it offers an outstanding, hair-raising experience and remains one of the Studios’ top attractions.
The clear highlight of the coaster is the launch sequence, and in particular the anxious moments before the train rockets into the distance. From there, it’s fairly standard coaster fare, but the darkened setting, accompanying music and light show make things a little more interesting.
There are two slight downsides to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. The first is its storyline, which makes little sense (why are Aerosmith designing a coaster?) and is much weaker than the Disney’s Hollywood Studios version. The second is a lack of upkeep in recent years, which means you’ll often find effects or even the trains’ on-board audio systems out of action. Even so, this is an essential stop on a tour of Walt Disney Studios.Top Tip:
Heed the warnings to keep your head back during the launch sequence, or you’ll find it being shaken around violently. There are some serious forces at play here.
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