Disney’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is the best roller coaster that I have had the pleasure to ride. It is fast, goes upside down, and combines it all with some of Aerosmith’s greatest tunes. In other words, it takes a bunch of stuff that I really like, and puts it together.
I love Aerosmith. I thought that I had a full appreciation for their music, but I have discovered that you have not truly lived Aerosmith’s music until you have listened to it while riding this coaster. Each seat is equipped with premium speakers that play a custom soundtrack of some of Aerosmith’s greatest hits while you ride. It is fantastic. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster delivers Aerosmith at a whole new level. It is like you are living the music. It truly rocks.
As far as the roller coaster goes, this one is quite unique. First, it is an all indoor coaster (like Space Mountain). Second, there is no need for a big climb, because it launches you to 60 mph right at the beginning. You get into your stretch limo car, and hear Steven Tyler screaming a countdown. When he gets down to one, you better hold on… you go from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds. You are then presented with signs that say heavy traffic ahead, and your limo maneuvers like an airplane to get you through. You will go upside down three times.
What I like best about the Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster is how smooth it is. Some roller coasters like to shake you death, but the Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster is an extremely smooth ride. It feels like you are flying along. The smoothness of the ride alone is enough to make it my favorite coaster. When you add in Aerosmith and Disney details, you end up with a ride that is not only good, but legendary.
Here are a few stats that I gleaned from rocknrollercoaster.com:
- This thrill ride features a high-speed launch of 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, three inversions, two rollover loops and one corkscrew — all firsts for a Walt Disney World attraction.
- The coaster also features a specially recorded Aerosmith soundtrack that booms out from a 32,000 watt onboard audio system with more than 120 speakers (5 per passenger) and 24 sub-woofers.
- Guests experience a force of nearly 5 Gs as they transition from launch to loop at the ride’s first inversion. For comparison, astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle experience 3 Gs at liftoff
Tips for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster:
- FastPass it:
Use Disney’s FastPass to avoid long waits. This coaster keeps a fairly solid wait all day long. Tower of Terror usually has shorter waits at opening and near closing, so FastPass the coaster, and go on Tower of Terror.
- Single Rider Line:
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster has a single rider line. If the stand-by wait time is 80 minutes, the single rider line is usually 20 or less. This is great for folks like me, because my wife and kids won’t ride, so I go the single rider route. The ride is made up of cars with twelve rows of seats, each row holding two people. So, when there is a party of three going through the regular line, a cast member will pull a person from the single rider line to make it even. Now, if you read this and think, “gee, I can take my group of four through the single rider line and get everyone through quickly,” you would be right. But do not even try to finagle your way into sitting together. It won’t work. If you go down the single rider line, you will be split up. You will probably ride in different cars, too, so make sure to have a meeting place set to get the group back together after everyone has gone through.