Description And Comments

When it opened in 1999, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster was Disney's answer to the roller-coaster proliferation at Universal's Islands of Adventure and Busch Gardens theme parks. Exponentially wilder than Space Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain in the Magic Kingdom, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster is an attraction for fans of cutting-edge thrill rides. Although the rock icons and synchronized music add measurably to the experience, the ride itself, as opposed to sights and sounds along the way, is the focus. The Rock 'n' Roller Coaster offers loops, corkscrews, and drops that make Space Mountain seem like the Jungle Cruise. What really makes this metal coaster unusual, however, is that first, it's in the dark (like Space Mountain, only with Southern California nighttime scenes instead of space), and second, you're launched up the first hill like a jet off a carrier deck. By the time you crest the hill, you'll have gone from 0 to 57 miles per hour in less than three seconds. When you enter the first loop, you'll be pulling five g's. By comparison, that's two more g's than astronauts experienced at liftoff on a space shuttle.

Reader opinions of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster have been predictably mixed, colored invariably by how the reader feels about roller coasters. These comments that follow are typical.

First from a mother of two from High Mills, New York:

You can't warn people enough about Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. My daughter and I refused to go on it at all. My 9-year-old son, who had no problems with any ride, including Tower of Terror, went on with my husband first thing in the morning. My son came off so shaken he was "done for" the rest of the day and never fully recuperated. My husband just closed his eyes and hoped for the best.

And from a Longmont, Colorado, dad:

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster: the first 15 seconds of this ride are spectacular. I've never experienced anything like the initial take-off.

From an Australian couple who traveled a long way to ride a coaster:

My wife and I are definitely not roller-coaster people. However, we found Rock 'n' Roller Coaster quite exhilarating and because it's dark, we didn't always realize that we were being thrown upside down. We rode it twice!

Touring Tips

This ride is not for everyone. If Space Mountain or Big Thunder pushes your limits, stay away from the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.

It's eye-catching, and it's definitely a zippy albeit deafening ride. Expect long lines except in the first 30 minutes after opening and during the late-evening performance of Fantasmic!. Ride as soon as possible in the morning or use Fastpass+.

A good strategy for riding Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania, and Tower of Terror with minimum wait is to make evening Fastpass+ reservations for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror up to 60 days in advance, then when you visit, rush first thing after opening to ride Toy Story Mania. If you can’t make Fastpass+ reservations before you arrive, ride Toy Story Mania first, then find the nearest Fastpass+ kiosk to make reservations.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith when you visit on a day with a given Disney's Hollywood Studios Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Wait Times.

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Special Comments

48" minimum height requirement; children younger than age 7 must ride with an adult. Switching off provided. Note that this attraction has a single-rider line.

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