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 experience 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!
- This attraction offers FASTPASS / FastPass+.
- This attraction has a Single Rider line.
- Open for Morning Extra Magic Hour.
- Open for Evening Extra Magic Hours.
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.
If you're on hand when the park opens, position yourself on the far left side of Sunset Boulevard as close to the rope barrier as possible. If there's already a crowd at the rope, you can usually work yourself forward by snaking along the wall of the Beverly Sunset Shop. Once in position, wait for the rope drop. When the park opens, cast members will walk the rope up the street toward Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. Stay on the far left sidewalk and you'll be among the first to make the left turn to the entrance of the coaster. Usually the Disney people get out of the way and allow you to run the last 100 feet or so.
A good strategy for riding Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania!, and Tower of Terror with minimum waits is to rush first thing after opening to get Fastpasses for Toy Story Mania, then line up for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. Save Tower of Terror for last. If the standby line at Rock 'n' Roller Coaster is more than 30 minutes, consider using the Single Rider line. If Single Rider isn't an option, skip Rock 'n' Roller Coaster for now, ride Toy Story Mania!, and pick up Fastpasses for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster when you can.
This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster 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 Wait Times.
- We rate this attraction as Not To Be Missed.
- This attraction has a minimum-height requirement of 48 inches.
- This attraction offers rider swap.
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.
- Physical Considerations
- Must Transfer To Standard Wheelchair, And Then To Ride Vehicle
- No Service Animals
- Rock 'n' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith (StudiosCentral.com)
Other Attractions in Sunset Boulevard
Touring Plans with Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
- Disney's Hollywood Studios Happy Family One-Day Touring Plan
- Disney's Hollywood Studios Unofficial Guide Touring Plan
- Disney's Hollywood Studios One-Day Touring Plan for Tweens and Parents
- Disney's Hollywood Studios One-Day Late Arrival Touring Plan for Adults
- Disney's Hollywood Studios One-Day Holiday Touring Plan for Adults
- Disney's Hollywood Studios One-Day Not-A-Touring-Plan Plan for Adults
- Ultimate Touring Plan: Hollywood Studios Standard Hours
- Ultimate Touring Plan: Hollywood Studios Morning Extra Magic Hours
- See all Touring Plans...
|Wait per 100 people ahead||2.5 minutes|
|Assumes||All trains operating|
When to go
First 30 minutes that park is open or use Fastpass.
|Opening Date||July 29, 1999|
|Scope and scale||Headliner|
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