Celebrate 20 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster With These Awesome Fun Facts
Happy Birthday Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster! Having opened on July 29, 1999, this much-loved Hollywood Studios indoor coaster celebrates two decades of wowing crowds with its loops, speed, thrills and killer tunes. That’s why we here at MickeyBlog thought we’d share some facts about one of Walt Disney World’s biggest thrill rides!
3,403 Feet of Thrills
The track for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster comes in at more than half a mile with lots of thrills along the way!
The ride is also the first coaster in the United States to feature inversions. This includes two roll-over loops and one corkscrew.
A Rockin’ Backstory
The premise of the ride is one of rock and roll superstardom. Guests are invited to visit a special recording session by the ban Aerosmith before the band invites you to one of their concerts on the other side of downtown Los Angeles. With little time to spare, the stretch limo must get you to the gig and fast!
All Aboard the Limo Train
Guests can live the fast-paced rockstar life by hopping onboard one of the “limotrains.” Each limo holds about 24 guests. That’s twice the number of passengers that could fit in the “average” stretch limousine.
The attraction’s high-speed launching system catapults limotrain guests from 0-60 mph in a whopping 2.8 seconds. That’s similar to the feeling of sitting in a supersonic jet as it blasts off the deck of an aircraft carrier!
Five specially recorded Aerosmith soundtracks are featured on the ride with each limotrain featuring a different song. These include exclusive tracks recorded just for the ride by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. These include playful titles that might seem oddly familiar like “Love In a Roller Coaster and “What King of Ride Are You On?”
Crank up the Volume
In addition, each guest seat on the limotrain boasts two high-frequency tweeters, two mid-range speakers and one subwoofer (mounted under the seat.) That means there are a total of 120 speakers per limotrain and 900 speakers in total. This is impressive considering that most automobiles have a total of four speakers in the entire vehicle!
Hidden Mickey fans will want to be sure to check out the license plates that adorn each limotrain for a special surprise. The license plates also feature fun phrases. This includes BUHBYE (pictured above), H8TRFFC, 1QKLIMO and 2FAST4U among others!
Three Minutes of High-Speed Fun
Though the actual ride time for the roller coaster is a thrilling 1:22, the cycle time for each Limotrain is 3:12. This gives riders enough time to listen to one of Aerosmith’s amazing songs. There’s also a pre-show feature that is approximately 2 minutes in length.
That’s a Big Guitar
The building that houses this indoor coaster is notable for the giant 40 foot guitar that graces the exterior of the build. In a beautiful bit of Imagineering, it morphs into a scale-model coaster track that extends 320 feet to the entrance of the coaster!
Guests must be at least 48″ or taller to ride this attraction. You’ll find it located at the far end of Sunset Boulevard near The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Lines for this Hollywood Studios attraction can get long so FastPasses are recommended!
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