The Disney Parks are extremely creative when it comes to building rides and attractions. And what we mean by that is several rides have massive show buildings where the actual ride takes place, but because of how the show buildings are built, Guests can’t see them from inside the Parks.
Rides such as Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster need a lot more space to tell the full story, but utilizing giant industrial-looking buildings are, of course, not pleasant to look at and will take away from the theming that Disney is known for. So, in order to make this work, these show buildings are often hidden from Guests’ views to preserve the Park’s magic.
Even though you cannot see these show buildings while standing inside the Park — you can see them from a bird’s eye view, such as on Google Earth! And one of the rides that we found has a massive show building is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is an indoor coaster that sends Guests on a high-speed adventure in an attempt to get to the Aerosmith concert on time. When you approach Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, you are met with a giant guitar before entering the queue.
As Guests enter the queue, it isn’t long before they actually enter the building, which is where many think the ride takes place as well. However, what many don’t realize is that the initial building is actually only home to the queue and pre-show area, but not where the actual coaster is.
In the image below, you can see the first building, located right behind the guitar.
But, if you zoom out, you will notice a second building attached to the first, which is where a majority of the actual coaster is located! You can see this in the image below.
It is so interesting to see just how Disney Parks attractions are built and how Imagineers use massive show buildings to house many of the rides and attractions.
More on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
The official description of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster 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?
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