Update: January 6, 2021
Updated: January 5, 2021
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is continuing to experiencing technical difficulties to start the New Year. From January 1 through today, January 5, the popular Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction has remained unexpectedly closed.
In case you aren’t familiar, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is a high-speed coaster at Walt Disney World that brings Guests on a high-speed “tour” of Hollywood as they must get to Aerosmith’s concert on time.
The official description reads:
Inside their Hollywood music studio, legendary rock band Aerosmith is wrapping up a recording session. When their manager tells them they’re late for a concert across town, the band invites you to rideinto their gleaming limousine and speed off into the night as Aerosmith’s hard-rock harmonies fill the air. Buckle up before zooming through the city on this roller-coaster style attraction.
Rock this Way
Speed through iconic Hollywood landmarks. Maneuver past traffic jams and swoop into 3 thrilling inversions—2 rollover loops and one corkscrew—as the wind races across youryou make it to the year’s biggest concert in time?
So, what is happening with the popular Walt Disney World attraction? Here is everything we know.
Temporary Closure of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
As we previously mentioned, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster has not opened yet in 2021. Beginning on January 1 running through today, January 5, the attraction has been listed on My Disney Experience as “temporarily closed.”
This is more than likely due to technical difficulties since Disney has not listed the ride on the refurbishment calendar, though the closure hasn’t necessarily been expected.
Is Work Being Done?
On December 18, 2020, Disney filed a permit for the location of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster for “General Construction”. Though Disney did not make any announcements regarding if Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster would be going under refurbishments, it does look like Disney had plans to make some sort of update to the attraction with the permit filed.
“General Construction” could mean anything from a small part replacement to something more major; however, since Disney did not list Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster on the refurbishment calendar, it is likely the permit was filed for something small and an extensive refurbishment was not planned. Typically, when Disney plans to close a ride for a number of days, weeks, or even months, they will update the calendar so that it says the will be closed for refurbishment. This wasn’t the case for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover Situation
If you have been following Disney Parks news, you know that the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover has been closed for nearly one year now. Many of you may be thinking “do we have another PeopleMover situation on our hands?” Personally, I don’t think so.
With the PeopleMover, we know there were several issues reported and that were well-known, causing it to be temporarily closed. These issues occurred prior to the temporary park closures in early 2020, but once the parks opened in mid-July, Disney then listed the attraction on the refurbishment calendar.
With Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, there haven’t been as widely reported issues and therefore, we don’t see this being a similar situation to the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.
Haunted Mansion Situation
In fact, we see this Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster closure being similar to the Haunted Mansion situation in 2020. Back in March 2020, the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom was closed for over four days for unknown technical issues; however, the ride did reopen within the week.
When it comes to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, we are going on day four of not being able to see Aerosmith in concert, at the time of this article’s publication. But if this is, in fact, similar to what happened with the Haunted Mansion, we could once again take the super-stretch limo very soon.
Inside the Magic will continue to update you as we get information regarding this fan-favorite attraction.