The Walt Disney World Resort has several new and updated thrill rides coming in the next couple of years, including Tiana’s Bayou Adventure as a replacement to Splash Mountain and TRON Lightcycle / Run, both in the Magic Kingdom.
While Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is not set to open until 2024, TRON Lightcycle / Run will open its first duplicate ride outside of Shanghai Disneyland this spring. And in EPCOT, this spring will mark the first year of operation for another new Disney Park coaster with Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.
Most of the work being done on Disney’s newest thrill rides is preparing for new attractions to open, but one popular attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is set to close for a lengthy refurbishment very soon.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith brings the thrills to Sunset Boulevard nearby another beloved thrill ride, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Unfortunately for fans of this iconic coaster, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is set to close for a refurbishment on February 20, 2023, with the ride remaining closed until this summer.
As of this writing, the upcoming refurbishment to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster appears to be for routine maintenance work on the attraction as Disney’s official website does not mention any major changes:
Beginning February 20, 2023, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will be temporarily closed for refurbishment. This rocktastic attraction will resume its super-stretch limo rides in summer 2023.
Of course, Disney has speculated for years that Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster will be rethemed to feature a different band, leaving Aerosmith behind eventually. We discussed the possibility of this happening in this article.
Disney’s official description of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith reads:
Live Life in the Fast Lane
Inside their Hollywood music studio, legendary rock band Aerosmith is wrapping up a recording session. When their manager tells them they’re late for a concert across town, the band invites you to ride along.
Hop into their gleaming limousine and speed off into the night as Aerosmith’s hard-rock harmonies fill the air. Buckle up before zooming through the city on this roller-coaster style attraction.
Rock This Way
Speed through iconic Hollywood landmarks. Maneuver past traffic jams and swoop into 3 thrilling inversions—2 rollover loops and one corkscrew—as the wind races across your face.
Will you make it to the year’s biggest concert in time?
If you are worried about potential changes to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and you have a trip to Disney World coming up before the end of the month, you may want to make sure you get a ride in just to be safe. Either way, we will continue to monitor the status of the attraction throughout its refurbishment and will be back with more information as we have it here on Disney Tips.