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3 MORE Confirmed and Rumored Closures Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios This Fall

It’s no secret that there’s not a lot to do at Disney’s Hollywood Studios these days, ever since Disney closed nearly half the park earlier this year. And while 2016 has already been a hard year for fans of this park, it looks like the hits are still coming, as even more closures could be coming very soon to this park, including a few we did not expect as well as a temporary refurbishment with some interesting implications.

1. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Image: Disney

Currently scheduled to close on: October 27, 2016

Reopening: November 10th, 2016

It was confirmed just a few days ago that the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith would be going down for a brief two week refurbishment at the end of October and heading into November. Normally, a two week refurbishment for any attraction wouldn’t be all that noteworthy, as it would ordinarily imply that the attraction was being cleaned up a little bit and perhaps some of the interior equipment upgraded. However, the situation with the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is a little bit different when you consider a recent change that has happened at Disney Hollywood Studios. And no, we're not talking about a certain obscene gesture by Steven Tyler

Last month we alerted you to a merchandise change happening both at Disney parks as well as at the larger Disney Store that involved the sudden removal of all references to the band Aerosmith from all shirts, pins, and other merchandise from this attraction. And with rumors running rampant that this attraction is ready for a re-theme, could this refurbishment actually signal the long-rumored end of the Aerosmith soundtrack at the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster?

Image: Disney

Though nothing has been confirmed by Disney about this attraction just yet, considering the aforementioned merchandise change as well as the timing of the refurbishment (right before the busy holiday period), we’re thinking the possibility of a re-theme after this temporary downtime isn’t all that farfetched any more, and if you count yourself as a big fan of Aerosmith, it would probably be in your best interest to get to the park for before the end of October for another ride just in case the rumors about a new soundtrack for this attraction actually turn out to be true after all. 

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There are 17 comments.

If Aerosmith is being de-themed from Rock 'n' Roller Coaster next month, why did Disney take the time and effort to alter Steven Tyler's hand gesture?

i could see a holiday theme for RRC. But i don't see taking the time to alter the movie after 17 years if they don't plan to keep Aerosmith around for more time.

so why don't they just close Hollywood Studios until they redo it. I'm a season pass holder, but a shame for out of town guests wasting their money to go there with no more available than there is.

Or at least throw in a park hopper one of the day's you are visiting .That way you could do what little is left then go to another park after.

I hope a rebranding of the coaster is at least as fun as the Aerosmith theme.

The Galaxy Far Away procession is awkward. It feels about 5 minutes too long. And Captain Phasma is hilariously sassy, I expect her to do the no you don't snap.

So glad I bought Aerosmith shirts when I was there in December 2015. I will miss the soundtrack. I hope the replacement will be just as good. You know .... turning it into a VR coaster would be very cool :-)

All the closing a at Hollywood studios make me feel s little... Lukewarm

Could the closing of the Star Wars fireworks be to center the fireworks?? They are off center and from what I understand that was a mistake.

yeah thats why galaxy far away and march of the first order just updated not going anywhere

well, the fireworks theory is a bust, there are October dates now... waiting and hoping for November!!

I work on Hollywood studios SWAGFFA...Its not going down, it's moving to floats in October.

Where do u get your info??? I guarantee u Star Wars is not going down!!!

As of Thursday, September 8, there were still Aerosmith shirts available in the gift shop at the end of the ride. Most interesting here is that a notice to commence construction has been filed for the courtyard area outside the ride which includes the queue and the area all the way up to the gate.

It is a two week refurbishment for RnR Coaster. How long does it take to set up video cameras like they have for Tower of Terror and the Mine Train Ride so that when you have the Photopass option you get a fun video of your ride and not just a picture. Maybe they are working that out? I did hear something I think on this site about Mickey's RnR Coaster. Not sure what Disney music qualifies and rock and roll though. Maybe they are just inserting a little Mickey hitching a ride and maybe Steven Tyler did a little filming when he was recently in town? Can't wait to find out what it is!

You might want to check your facts on the star wars fireworks. Disney has times and dates posted up untill 11/05/16. But nothing posted after that.

There will be a rebranding... just like them rebranding tower of terror due to contracts

I thought the Star Wars: Galactic Spectacular was the freaking coolest thing I've seen since Fantasmic. As for Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away--I like that show, too. Especially Darth Maul's moves with his lightsaber--that's particularly cool.


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