Steven Tyler Claims Disney’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Goes Backward

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Rock 'n' Rollercoaster

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Apparently, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster travels backward… according to Aerosmith legend Steven Tyler.

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Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith has been at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since 1999 and to this day still bodes as one of the most popular Disney attractions. The ride almost always has a line of 60 minutes or higher and leaves Guests wanting more. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is the most intense coaster that Walt Disney World has to offer as it is the only coaster with loops and starts off with a blast-off launch that picks up to 60 mph almost instantly.

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Guests on the attraction are visiting Aerosmith during their recording session, but then, an unexpected twist occurs, and all visitors are shuttled into a back alley to get into a super-stretch limo so that they can attend the Aerosmith concert with their backstage passes. The ride can be pretty intense, but it seems like Steven Tyler may remember it as a little more intense than it actually is.

During a conversation with comedian, UFC commentator, and Fear Factor Host, Joe Rogan, Steven Tyler noted the ride went backward. The conversation took place on The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan’s incredibly popular podcast. Tyler begins talking about his Disney coaster at 5:20, when he begins laying out facts of the coaster. When Rogan asks if it goes backward, Tyler says it does. If you want to listen to the full podcast, you can below!

Of course, we know that Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith does not go backward, but it does have loops. Perhaps Steven Tyler was referring to the upside-down sections of the ride when he said that it went backward! Tyler is a big fan of the coaster, as we can see in the below video where he went to check in on the coaster! If you want a backward coaster at Disney, Expedition Everest will fill your backward coaster thirst!

The idea of the coaster receiving a retheme is a hot topic among Disney fans. While some love the Aerosmith soundtrack that blasts as you ride along, others are ready to see the ride get a new theme as the band is not as relevant now as they were when the ride was created. 

In Disneyland Paris, we have seen their version of the attraction close down in favor of an Iron-Man coaster to replace it for the Park’s Avengers Campus. In Disney World, due to contracting rights with Universal Orlando Resort, we will not be able to see the coaster get the same treatment, but now, it seems Universal Music Group has a new contract that could stand in the way of the attraction.

Rock 'n' Rollercoaster
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Disney had to sign a licensing deal with the band when creating the ride, a contract that is rumored to be coming to an end shortly. Although nothing has been said, the gift shop at the end of the attraction no longer has any Aerosmith merchandise, so the contract may very well already be up. Once the contract ends, Disney would either have to resign a deal, now with Universal Music Group, to keep the attraction themed to the band. As Universal Music Group is a separate entity to Universal Orlando Resort, this would need to be its own separate deal.

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 ride along.Hop into 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 n Roller Coaster
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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 your face.Will you make it to the year’s biggest concert in time?

While you are at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can enjoy Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith on Sunset Boulevard. By the Chinese Theater, Guests prepare to ride Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. In Toy Story Land, Slinky Dog Dash always boasts a long line with others shooting their shot on Midway Mania or spinning their brains out on Alien Swirling Saucers. Of course, you have to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for some blue milk, or green milk, and ride Rise of the Resistance and Smuggler’s Run!

What do you think of Steven Tyler’s response to the coaster moving backward?

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