Actor behind recent retheme of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster rumor admits he has 'no idea what they are changing it to'

Mar 03, 2023 in "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith"

Posted: Friday March 3, 2023 6:54am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

You may have seen social media and blog reports this week of rumored plans to retheme Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Walt Disney World to music from the band Queen.

The source of the recent rumor was actor Ken Marino, who played the role of the sound technician in the original 90's pre-show for Rock' n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith pre-show.

Ken appeared in a recent episode of 'Office Hours Live' on YouTube and said that Aerosmith was to be replaced with Queen at the Disney's Hollywood Studios ride.

In a follow-up tweet last night, he said he has no idea what is happening. He tweeted, "I have no idea what they are changing it to. Some one said that to me at some point so then I said it. It was more of rumor than anything else I suppose. Maybe it's gonna be the new Billie Holiday ride. Could be good."

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster closed in February to begin a refurbishment and is expected to reopen in late summer 2023. Disney has said that no changes are planned to the ride experience, which would suggest that no changes to the music or theme will be made.

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BocabearOct 02, 2023

RNRC is a great coaster and a lot of fun...never found it to be too rough....I would love to see it get better interior sets that aren't just painted flats. I would love to see a re-theme to make it feel more in step with Old it Muppets, or Roger Rabbit/Toontown theming.

SplashJacketOct 01, 2023

I notoriously take every jab at RnRc I can. Historically, I think it’s aggressively mediocre at best. Absolutely loved the ride today. Was fantastic! Felt smoother than normal (didn’t even experience head banging) and everything looked so vibrant. Honestly never even noticed the floor lights before today. Goes from a ride I couldn’t care less to skip to a ride I’ll wanna ride each visit to Hollywood Studios.

rd805Jun 22, 2023

I think it was just included in the very brief JOLLYWOOD Night offering announcment, which obviously isn't bible -- but after being down for 2+ months shutting it right down again doesn't seem likely. If it were me though? BRING ON THE MAYHEM!!

MisterPenguinJun 22, 2023

Yeah... if a full retheme was just a week away, all the CMs working RnRC would know about it and be spilling the beans.

GhostHost1000Jun 22, 2023

Not happening - the shut down next week anyways The retheme maybe one day. To what who knows

GalacticZeroJun 22, 2023

Just saw a tweet from someone I follow that said yesterday he was told by a castmember at RnRc that it is "closing next week to be re-themed"... I highly doubt this to be true since they just finished a refurb. However, down the road, and maybe announced at D23, it does sound like a re-theme to Muppets Electric Mayhem is a real possibility that has some legs. Anyone have any more about this?

wdwmagicJun 06, 2023

1 h 20 min delayed opening today

IncomudroJun 06, 2023

I never found it to be rough. I think it would be nuts to spend the money to re-track it. Space Mountain on the other hand...o_O Though the roughness does make Space fun in a way.

Jrb1979Jun 06, 2023

I never said it was shabby. Its a rough coaster and is in need of re-tracking. That was my point, spend money on improving the ride not just new lights and paint.

EricsBiscuitJun 06, 2023

It is not as rough as you make it out to be and neither is it as shabby as you make it out to be.

Jrb1979Jun 06, 2023

Brightening up the signs and making lights on the floor more visible doesn't make the ride itself better. At the end of the day it's still a rough Vekoma coaster that desperately needs the track to be refurbished. Same for Space Mountain. Universal had no issues with redoing the Hulk, why can't Disney spend the money and do the same.

EricsBiscuitJun 06, 2023

Rode today and it looks the best I have seen it in years. The signs are very bright and colorful. The map/city lights of LA on the floor is more visible than ever. Everything timed very well.

TransportationGuyJun 06, 2023

Can you imagine being the middle manager attempting to staff this thing 🤣

Jrb1979Jun 05, 2023

Not surprised. Most parks are scrapping their Arrows and Vekomas. Disney really needs to start re-tracking their older coasters.