Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Refurbishment Update: Permits, Themeing, and More!

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Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Refurbishment

Hey, Disney vacationers! If you’ve been keeping an eye on what’s happening over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, you might have caught wind of the latest buzz surrounding one of the park’s most thrilling rides. That’s right, the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster staring Aerosmith, beloved for its high-speed loops and rockin’ Aerosmith soundtrack, is currently under the spotlight for its significant work. Let’s dive into what’s the latest news on the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster refurbishment.

Let’s dive into the details. First things first, the paperwork is official – permits have been filed, marking the start of what’s expected to be an extensive makeover for this adrenaline-pumping attraction. The coaster took a temporary bow out of the limelight on January 8, 2024, with plans to make a grand comeback in the summer of 2024. Disney has reassured everyone that this closure is just part of routine maintenance, a necessary pause to keep the ride running smoothly and safely for its guests.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. With all the whispers and rumors floating around, could this refurbishment signal a departure from the iconic Aerosmith theme? Well, despite the speculation – including talks of a Muppets Mayhem makeover – it seems the rock band will continue to headline this attraction. Digging a little deeper, it turns out that Disney’s agreement with Aerosmith to use their name and music for the coaster is quite the sweet deal. Remember, back when this deal was inked, Aerosmith wasn’t quite at the peak of their fame, which likely led to favorable terms for Disney. Even with the cost comparisons of keeping the current theme versus updating it, Aerosmith wins out. So, for all you fans of Steven Tyler’s screeching high notes, it looks like they’re here to stay for a bit longer.

As for the nitty-gritty of the refurbishment, Adena Corporation has been brought on board for the project. If Adena’s name rings a bell, it’s because they’ve got a solid track record with Disney, having lent their expertise to projects like TRON Lightcycle Run and the EPCOT redevelopment. They were also behind the coaster’s last touch-up in the first half of 2023, which lasted three months.

For those wondering how to stay in the loop, Disney’s official stance is to keep an eye on their website for updates. But if we take a cue from last year’s refurbishment, it’s a safe bet that the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster will be ready to welcome riders back before the summer crowds hit in late May.

This isn’t the first time the ride has needed a bit of TLC. In recent years, it’s had its fair share of downtime, possibly due to the usual wear and tear that comes with being one of the park’s most popular attractions. This upcoming refurbishment is not just about sprucing up the place; it’s about building on the improvements made in 2023, ensuring the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster continues to be a highlight of Disney’s Hollywood Studios for years to come.

So, there you have it – the scoop on the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster refurbishment. Whether you’re a die-hard Aerosmith fan or just a thrill-seeker looking for your next adrenaline rush, it looks like this ride’s future is as bright and electrifying as ever. Keep those fingers crossed for a smooth refurbishment process and prepare to rock on in the summer of 2024!

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I’m a die-hard Disney fan with 38 years of visits under my belt, having stepped into Disney World 120+ times. Proud to be a Disney Annual Passholder, a Vacation Club member since ’92, a Castaway Club Member, and a runDisney enthusiast. Oh, and I’ve graduated from the Disney College of Knowledge. Need Disney insights or planning tips? I’m your guy!


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