Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith was built 22 years ago, and even all these years later, the launch coaster holds the same popularity and fandom that it did the day it opened.
If you are visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster is likely an attraction on your to-do list. Personally, I like to hit up Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster at the same time when I head down Sunset Boulevard, as both classic attractions are always a blast.
That being said, Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster uses Aerosmith as the band that all of us Guests want to come and see, and when you are riding the coaster, it is Aerosmith music that blasts in your ear. Aerosmith is still a popular band and well-known, but their pinnacle was in the late ’90s, and at times, Guests have brought up the idea of retheming the attraction to a different group.
Although I love hearing “Rag Doll” play while I loop through a sprinkled donut, we decided to ask some of you what group you would want to see replace Aerosmith if Disney ever did decide to do so. Before we even begin, let us just preface that many Disney fans do not want to see Aerosmith changed as the band involved in the coaster — so there are still plenty of us who love it the way it is.
First, let’s discuss a majority of the different music groups that were mentioned, and then, we will look at rethemes as a whole as those were mentioned as well.
It seems that no matter what music group was to be showcased on the coaster, almost every suggestion still stuck with the theme that it was a rock band. Some popular choices were:
- Def Leppard
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Guns and Roses
- Panic at the Disco
- Bon Jovi
- Foo Fighters
- Green Day
Stepping away from the rock ‘n’ roll vibe we have options such as:
- Lady Gaga
- Camp Rock
- Hannah Montana
- Jonas Brothers
- Disney / Pixar music mashup
However, some Guests would be interested in seeing an entire retheme of the coaster. The most popular suggestion that was noted above any was to give the ride a Monsters Inc. overlay, which would work in the park as a whole, but personally, I wouldn’t love that location for a big E-ticket Pixar attraction. Some other suggestions included Phineas and Ferb, and also, to create a WWE-themed coaster.
Iron Man was a mention likely because, in Disneyland Paris, we just saw their version of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith close down for a full refurbishment as of September 1, 2019. The attraction went down to be reimagined as an Iron Man-themed coaster to include more Marvel at the park (Walt Disney Studios will have its own version of Avengers Campus). Disney is currently creating many Marvel-based additions to its parks including Avengers Campus in Disneyland Resort. Disney has also proven that they have no issue removing a classic ride such as Tower of Terror to replace it with current and more popular IP, as in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure.
The official description of the Disney World attraction 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?
All of this said, at the beginning of the year Disney re-vamped the posters in front of the attraction so it does not look like any change is coming to Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith anytime soon.
If you were to replace Aerosmith, who or what else would you choose to feature on the coaster?