The anticipation. Sitting in your “limo” at the stoplight. The car shaking and your heart racing. You hear the voice of Steven Tyler scream and know any second you’re about to go zooming off into the dark. The screen above counts down 3…. Your adrenaline rises…. 2… You clutch the handles of your seat, and here we go…. 1! The ride launches 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and 4.5 G, straight into the first of three inversions! So fast you can’t even think until 1 minute and 22 seconds later, it’s over.
One of my favorite Hollywood Studios attractions, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (staring Aerosmith) was dedicated on July 29, 1999, and officially opened July 30. It was built by the same company, Vekoma, who built Goofy’s Barnstormer in The Magic Kingdom. The track was actually built first and then the building was constructed around it. When Aerosmith previewed the ride, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry rode it 12 times in a row!
Did you know that while building Hollywood Studios, imagineers were extremely concerned about bringing down entire power grid with energy needed for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror’s two elevator drops? They added in new electrical substation made just for the coaster in precaution. Did you also know that outside the attraction, there are nearly a mile of neon lights!
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster contains 5 limo, each of which has a unique name (license plate) and soundtrack:
10KILMO “Nine Lives”
UGOBABE (previously UGOGIRL before 2004 refurbishment) “Love in an Elevator” & “Walk This Way”
BUHBYE “Young Lust” “F.I.N.E.*” & “Love in an Elevator”
2FAST4U “Sweet Emotion (live)”
H8TRFFC “Back in the Saddle” & “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”
Each of limos have 120-125 speakers and 24 sub-woofers, with 5 speakers per seat. The ride is propelled by Linear Induction Motor (LIM), the same system used to propel the People Mover in Tomorrowland. Would you have ever guessed that? 😉
What a ride! Thanks for joining me and please come back soon for even more trivia and history!