History, Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World

Today in Disney History: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Opens at WDW

On July 29, 1999, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith opened at Disney-MGM Studios – known today as Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A special, invitation-only, party was held and attended by contest winners and members of Aerosmith, who are featured in the ride. You can find Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at the end of Sunset Boulevard next to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

 

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
Exterior of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster featuring a giant guitar

 

The Queue and Launch

As with most Disney attractions, you are immersed in a story. The queue begins with a tour through music memorabilia that leads to Aerosmith’s recording studio. Guests watch the band rehearse until they are interrupted by their band manager, warning them they are going to be late to their show. Steven Tyler objects to leaving the guests behind, and convinces the manager to call a limo and provide back stage passes. She reluctantly agrees and calls for a stretch limo, pauses a moment, then says, “make that a super stretch.”

Doors open to the “parking garage” where, on the other side of a chain-link fence, you can watch the “limos” speeding off to the concert, reaching speeds of 58 mph in less than 2.8 seconds. The excitement builds as it’s your turn to board the limo. As you face the tunnel into the ride, you are reminded to keep your head back (very important!). Steven Tyler counts down, “5, 4, 3, 2” (skipping 1) and you speed off into the ride.

 

Aerosmith Studio
Aerosmith Rehearsing in Their Recording Studio

 

The Ride Experience

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is exclusively an indoor ride, and mostly in the dark. As if you are on a highway at night, you pass neon road signs directing you to the show. The ride features three inversions, a roll over with two inversions, and later, a corkscrew. The ride ends when you reach the VIP parking area for the concert. You head “backstage” which, in true Disney fashion, leads to a gift shop.

Ride facts:

  • Launches guests from 0-58 mph in less than 2.8 seconds.
  • Takes riders through three inversions.
  • Features five “limos” that have their own license plates and sound tracks.
    • 1QKLIMO – “Nine Lives”
    • 2FAST4U – “Sweet Emotion”
    • BUHBYE – “Young Lust, “F.I.N.E.*” and “Love in a Roller Coaster”
      HBTRFFC
      – “Back in the Saddle,” and “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”
    • UGOBABE – “Love in a Roller Coaster” (custom version of “Love in an Elevator”) and “Walk This Way”
  • Is currently sponsored by Hanes.
  • Both Fastpass + and single rider lines available.
  • Test Track at Epcot is the only faster ride at WDW – 65 mph.

 

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World. The high-speed launch beats a traditional coaster lift hill any day in my book. The theming is creative and detailed, and the music adds to the excitement. The only change I would make would be for it to be longer. Do you enjoy Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster? What is your favorite ride at Walt Disney World?

Hollywood Studios, News, Quick Service, Walt Disney World

Baseline Tap House Opening in New “Grand Avenue” Area at Hollywood Studios

If you’re anything like us here at Word Of Mouse, visits to Disney’s Hollywood Studios typically do not include a whole lot of time spent eating. Although there are some popular table service restaurants, such as 50s Prime Time Cafe, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante (try the flatbread!), and The Hollywood Brown Derby, there are very few choices to grab a quick bite and get back on your way.

That may be about to change. Opening this fall will be a re-imagined area at Hollywood Studios known as Grand Avenue. Grand Avenue will showcase modern-day Los Angeles and will include vintage office buildings and warehouses representing different cultures from around the city.

Opening up in this area (in the building which used to be Writer’s Stop) will be Baseline Tap House. It will specialize in food and drinks from California, including craft ales, lagers, and cider. California wine and specialty cocktails will also be available. There will also be non-alcoholic choices to round out the drink selections.

 

Baseline Taphouse
(C) Disney

If you are coming in hungry then you will not be disappointed. Baseline Tap House will be serving small plates including Bavarian pretzels with beer cheese fondue, and spiced almonds. Also available will be a charcuterie board featuring a selection of California cheeses.

 

Baseline Tap House will open daily at 11 AM although no official opening date has been set.

 

D23 Expo, News

D23 2017: The Top Questions We Hope Are Answered

Ahead of the 2017 Disney D23 Expo, many rumors swirled around the internet about what will be revealed. Yesterday began with the unveiling of an amazing Star Wars Land model that shows the amazing detail planned for this new land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We also learned more about Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2. Today, we expect to get more of the big questions addressed. Here are the top questions we hope are answered this weekend.

D23 Expo

Epcot:

What changes are coming for the Epcot entrance plaza? This area has received little change since opening in 1982, and could definitely use an update. We are hearing the Leave a Legacy sculptures will be moving, which would open up the area and make room for something new and modern.

Will Journey into Imagination with Figment be overhauled with new Inside Out theming? If this one is true, we hope Figment remains in the attraction – he’s one of our favorite characters.

Is a new country being added to World Showcase, and it will be Brazil as the rumors say? The area between Italy and Germany would be the prime space for this new pavilion and Brazil would be the first South American country at Epcot.

Will Guardians of the Galaxy be replacing Ellen’s Energy Adventure? We can only hope! No offense to Ellen and Bill Nye, but this attraction is very outdated and takes up a lot of space in Future World that could be better utilized.

 

Hollywood Studios:

Is The Great Movie Ride going to be replaced with a new attraction based on Mickey Mouse? Mickey definitely deserves his own ride. After all, where would we be without him?

Will Hollywood Studios be getting a new name soon?  This park began a MGM Studios, and got its first name change in 2008. In 2015, CEO Bob Iger confirmed that a name change was in the near future due to all the changes coming to the park. A rumored candidate for the new name is Disney’s Movie Adventure.

 

What Else?

We are sure to hear updates for Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, and beyond the parks. What updates are you looking forward to hearing out of The D23 Expo this year? Follow along with us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for the latest news.