Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Sunset Blvd, Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Walt Disney World's first looping rollercoaster, Rock 'n' RollerCoaster starring Aerosmmith put the studios on the map as the place to go for thrills. Featuring 3 inversions, a high-speed launch system, and onboard syncronised audio, with a storyline - this is no ordinary coaster. 


Details

FASTPASS: Yes
Height/Age Requirement: At least 48" tall

Track Length 3,403 feet
Total Building 68,131 sq. feet. "Soundstage 15"
Building Volume Over 3.7 million cubic feet
Inversions 2 roll-over loops and one corkscrew
Preshow Time 2 minutes
Ride Cycle Time 3:12 minutes
Limo Capacity 24 guests
Limos Cycling on track 4, with 1 spare
Maximum Speed of Limo 57 mph in 2.8 seconds
Number of Speakers per Limo 120
Audio 5 separate audio scores synchronized to the ride
Total Number of Speakers in Attraction Over 900
Watts of Audio Amplifier Outlet Power Over 32,000
Height Requirement 48 inches
Launch Catapults you approx. 200 feet
G Force Between 4 and 5 entering first inversion


On Board Audio Tracks
Here are the 5 cars and the sound tracks that plays in each

1. 9 Lives
2. Sweet Emotion
3. Back in the Saddle and Dude Looks Like a Lady
4. Love in an Elevator and Walk This Way
5. Young Lust, F.I.N.E and "Love In A Roller Coaster" ("Love In An Elevator")

PLUS the reserve audio track that can be used on any car in the event of a failure.
6. What Kind of Love are You On?"

There is no single CD available yet with all of these sound tracks on. However, the tracks are available on already released Aerosmith CDs. (Note that the original singles on the albums are not the exact versions heard on the ride, but are very close). The following CDs contain the tracks.

Big Ones
Nine Lives
Greatest Hits
Pump

The disc jockey "broadcasting live" from the Aerosmith concert at the beginning of the ride is none other than Uncle Joe Benson, one of Los Angeles' most popular classic rock jocks.

License Plates

Each car has a unique license plate with a great line

1. 1QKLIMO
2. UGOGIRL
3. BUHBYE
4. 2FAST4U
5. H8TRFFC

G Force Records Lobby

The following record titles are found in the lobby area.

0 to 60
The 3 Second Flats

Jammin'
The LA Freeways

I'll Wait For You
The Moms and Pops

Chicken Exit
The Scaredy Cats

9th Symphony in E-Ride Major
Composed by Ludwig von Whitenuckle

Rockin' the Ride Away
The Highway Cruisers

Interesting Details

The queue line is themed to G-Force records, a fictional record company that was started in the 1930s. G-Force was know for attracting the music elite and became a growing force in the industry. Things however took a turn for the worse on Halloween 1939. While throwing a party at the neighboring Hollywood Tower Hotel (Tower of Terror), a strange incident occurred and five hotel guests disappeared. The hotel was abandoned and G-Force fell on hard times. When
the Hollywood Tower Hotel reopened, G-Force too began to re-emerge and rebuilt the existing studio, adding a giant Stratocaster as it's icon. Today at G-Force many of the top recording stars can be found using the state of the art facilities. [Thanks CastMbr98]

Each of the train's license plates has a Hidden Mickey, the small Mickey Mouse insignia that designers put on a ride. To make it more interesting, each Imagineer took a train and put their birthday on the plate.

The ride takes you through several of Los Angeles' icons, such as the Hollywood sign and the giant doughnut. Apparently, you can follow the exact path of the roller coaster on a map and get from the old NBC studios to the concert hall.

When Aerosmith came to town to preview the coaster, Steve Tyler and Joe Perry rode it 12 times in a row. They also asked for -- and got -- several changes made to the recording studio preshow that duplicates the band's setup. The guitars, they said, go here.

Attraction Entrance: On Sunset Boulevard, near Tower of Terror. At 40 feet tall, the larger-than-life electric guitar that marquees the facade of "G-Force Records" has a neck which morphs into a scale-model coaster track and extends 320 feet to the entrance arch.


Pre-opening Information
(Gathered prior to official announcements)

3 Inversion elements including
Rollover (80ft high and composed of 2 inversions).
Corkscrew.

Rock-n-Roller Coaster will officially open in July 1999, expect soft opens before, as early as April 1999

Linear induction Motor Launch System (LIM).
Launches the car from 0 - 55mph in 2.8 seconds.

Launch takes place from another building infront of the main building.

Rumours now suggest this may be a LSM launch system. (Like the one used on Superman: The Escape.

Track manufactured by Vekoma. Vekoma were also responsible for the awesome track at Disneyland Paris Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Phantom Manor.

A dedicated test track was built for Rock n Roller at Vekoma's factory in Vlodrop, The Netherlands. It was being tested in June 1998.

On-board sound for each passenger.

As with Space Mountain Paris, each seat has its own audio system.
2 Tweeters per seat, 2 Mid bass drivers per seat, 1 Subwoofer under the seat, Sound track can vary it's timing and speed as it moves through the ride.

Each car has it's own laptop PC providing the digital audio and control signals. The soundtrack is stored on solid state compact flash cards. The audio software, "Digital Sound Source and Sequencer", is custom written by Walt Disney Imagineering.

Audio sound track to be performed by Aerosmith (Previously rumoured to be Hanson).

Ride is positioned to the left of Sunset Boulevard (if looking towards Tower of Terror).

You can see the track from the left side elevator on Tower of Terror.

The track is also visible from the Backstage Tram Tour, just by the new animation building.

The ride is being built on a former Cast member parking lot.

The entrance was rumoured to be along Sunset or near to The Voyage of the Little Mermaid - Confirmed to be on Sunset.

Story Line is that you and the band are late for the concert, so you step aboard an out-of-control limo!

From Disney Magazine. "The idea behind the ride is that you've just stepped into a recording studio where a famous band is rehearsing for an awards show. Suddenly, the group's harried manager rushes in and announces that the band is running late. The members refuse to go to the show unless their loyal fans go too. 'So, 24 at a time,' chimes in lead designer Jim Shull, 'we pile you, the fans, into an enormous stretch limo - and you're off."
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