The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith has been closed since the middle of February at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It was supposed to be undergoing a routine refurbishment, but many Disney Guests were speculating that significant changes could come to the attraction.
There appeared to be two prevailing theories about what could happen with the ride.
Some Disney fans wondered if recent allegations against Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler would cause Disney to drop their association with the band. If this was the case, many fans wished and hoped for their favorite musicians to take center stage in the attraction.
Some Guests were wondering if Disney would change the ride and theme it to one of the Marvel intellectual properties. In Disneyland’s California Adventure, they did it to the Tower of Terror, changing it to Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout. Also, in the Walt Disney Studio’s Park in Paris, their Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster attraction was rethemed to Avengers Assemble: Flight Force, which featured the superheroes, Iron Man and Captain Marvel.
Although Disney has never confirmed a Marvel takeover of the Park, it could happen. The Hollywood Studios theme Park does appear to be drifting further away from a Hollywood theme with the removal of The Great Movie Ride, the Studio Backlot Tour, and other film-based attractions. Since the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is set in a fictional Los Angeles recording studio, its existence inside the theme Park is only slightly less out of place than the Tower of Terror which focuses around a Hollywood hotel.
Over the Memorial Day Weekend, the ride had a soft re-opening. And to the surprise of some Guests, there appear to be no changes at all.
So what was refurbished?
— Daytona Racer (@DaytonaRacer01) May 27, 2023
Although the soft open happened on May 26, there has not been an official announcement from Disney of the ride reopening.
But as of Monday, May 28 the ride is showing up in the Disney app the same as current wait time, however there are no Lightning Lanes being offered.
Update: As of today, the ride has a posted wait time in the app – but Genie+ is not currently offered. pic.twitter.com/UAuUrungTr
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) May 28, 2023
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Is the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster officially opened up or has Disney allowed it to operate over the busy weekend to help control crowds? We’ll find out soon enough!