Walt Disney World's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster To Reopen Much Earlier Than Expected

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Rock 'n' Roller Coaster closed for refurbishment February 2024
Posted: Saturday June 29, 2024 8:28pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

According to the official Walt Disney World calendar, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios will reopen to guests on July 1, 2024.

The latest reopening date is almost a month earlier than the previous planned reopening on July 27, 2024.

Operating hours on July 1, 2024 are 8:30 am to 9:00 am for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests using early entry, and 9:00 am to 9:00 pm for all other guests.

The Aerosmith-themed rollercoaster closure began on January 8, 2024. Disney has also confirmed that the closure is a routine refurbishment, and no changes will be made to the theme.

A permit has been filed for the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster project with Adena Corporation. Adena has worked on several Disney projects, including TRON Lightcycle Run and recent work on the EPCOT redevelopment. Adena was also the contractor on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster's three-month-long refurbishment in the first half of 2023.

The ride has been experiencing extended downtimes in recent years, and this refurbishment likely addresses some of those issues and continues the progress made in 2023.

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Surferboy56711 days ago

https://blogmickey.com/2024/07/rock-n-roller-coaster-returns-from-refurbishment-with-updated-lighting-effects-improved-ride-system-pre-show-changes-and-more/

Lilofan11 days ago

When we were at MGM in 2007, we rode RnR then we could hardly exit the building through the gift shop. Many guests were lined up in the narrow exit hallway and the shop was full of guests. The CM advised Steven Tyler and his lady friend were soon to be finished with their ride and soon to be entering the gift shop. We saw them both looking at some T shirts, many were cheering some screaming and Steven took it all in smiling throughout. He was certainly high on life.

Minnie198611 days ago

Yes, I just confirmed by calling. I got confused because a cast member on the chat service told me that it wasn't. Thank you!!

wdwmagic11 days ago

It currently has a 55 minute wait according to My Disney Experience, so it is certainly open.

Minnie198611 days ago

Has anyone at the parks actually seen it running today? According to the Disney website, it's still open and has no official reopen date.

Surferboy56711 days ago

I’ve heard they removed the song dude looks like a lady from the coaster. I’ve only heard it from one person and not anywhere else. I assume it to not be true. Has anyone heard of this was the case? Always thought this song worked really well on the coaster. The same person also reported a smoother ride.

JoeCamel11 days ago

They should be running..... To the bathroom...

ToTBellHop11 days ago

Steven Tyler looks about 45 on RnRC so I want his skincare regimen.

Patcheslee11 days ago

Roller coaster with reference to 75+yo guys, not really surprised it doesn't stay up and running :hilarious:

Andrew2511 days ago

About 1.5-2 years ago it got really bad to the point I would skip it. They then fixed the wheels (due to a supply chain issue) and the coaster got back to being very smooth and enjoyable with little to no headbanging. Mind you, I wear glasses, so my ear hitting the side of the restraint was very uncomfortable. Thankfully, that issue was mostly resolved when they fixed it all up.

LuvtheGoof11 days ago

Well, we'll have to agree to disagree as the last time my DW and I rode it 2 years go, it was not as smooth as it used to be. It was a must do multiple times every trip, and we couldn't ride it after that. We'll give it a try now, though. Thanks.

ToTBellHop11 days ago

Andrew2511 days ago

It was a smooth ride prior to its refurbishment. Felt brand new

GhostHost100011 days ago

I've seen a report online from someone who rode it and said it was much smoother.