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Rock 'N' Roller Coaster


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Steven Tyler and the boys help dedicate their attraction.

Disney-MGM Studios, long a home for movie and television entertainment, has moved into the music arena with its newest thrill ride, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Located on the south end of Sunset Boulevard, the two-minute coaster ride takes visitors on a limo ride through the Hollywood Hills, twisting and turning past famous landmarks, such as the Hollywood sign. The coaster's signature moves include two rollover loops, a corkscrew and a high-speed launch that takes guests from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds (hitting almost 5 Gs).

The experience begins as guests enter the queue area -- a.k.a. G-Force Records studio -- where the band is recording its next album. Here, the "audience" can view the studio, filled with guitars, amps and other real props donated by the band. A Disney employee interacts with a high-definition video presentation of the band, and the effects are realistic.

The band's manager (played by Illeana Douglas) comes into the studio/video and informs the band members that they are late for their concert, which is all the way across town. "But what about them?" asks Steven Tyler, pointing to the audience. "We can't leave without our fans." The manager concedes, and squawks into her cell phone: "We're going to need a super stretch." Guests are then led to the "back alley," seated in limos, and launched on a journey into a black-lit, musical tour across Hollywood.

Each of the five limos has its own signature Aerosmith song, including "Sweet Emotion", "What Kind of Ride Are You On?" (from "What Kind of Love Are You On?") and "Love in a Roller Coaster" (from "Love in an Elevator"). Each car in the limo features five stereo speakers, with the entire attraction putting out more than 32,000 amps of power. Tyler and the gang were on hand for RNR's opening in July. The band signed autographs and rode the coaster with scores of contest winners from around the state.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster features Disney's FASTPASS ride reservations system. For more info, check out Go2orlando's FASTPASS page. Height Restriction Alert: Check height restrictions for all of Central Florida's theme parks with our Height Calculator.

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