Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster Refurbishment Scheduled For This Fall

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Even though there isn’t a whole lot still open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios right now (just look at our aerial photos and video if you don’t know what I’m talking about), Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith will closing for a refurbishment this Fall.

Rock 'N' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith
Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith

The ride will be closed October 27th through November 9th, 2016 for some regular maintenance.

This will likely be bad news for guests visiting during this period as it will lengthen waits at the other remaining attractions in the park.

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Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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James Moore
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James Moore

What the heck will be at wdw then??? No rock and roller,no big thunder, soarin has bad reviews, no rivers of light, or nighttime animal kingdom. Epoxy has no sum of all thrills anymore……food prices,parking, tux all up up.up……I’m faced with the reality that my wdw vacation days may be ending…..just wow, so disappointed

Adam Kramer
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Adam Kramer

I understand your pain, especially if this falls over your trip. But in all honesty, it’s a standard maintenance refurb that all rides need. While it sucks for DHS since there aren’t a lot of rides there currently, It’s not like BTMRR which is down for a few months.

James Moore
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James Moore

Of course this happens…..it’s just a refurbishment…..and I’m sure that every time that a needed refurb happens, some people get over the top angry about it. My point is with so many things down,hs epcot, and animal kingdom getting less and less, while always gutting us for more and more….this may be the jump the shark moment for me. Is not an overreaction by me, it’s Disney’s fault that their loyal fans are getting to the point of not caring about the brand anymore. I know my post here will accomplish little,just making me feel good for a moment, but… Read more »

Kelly D
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Kelly D

I understand you perfectly! With technology and storytelling improving all around us, from theme parks to Broadway, Disney World has been feeling less special over the last few years. The price tag really doesn’t make sense anymore. It used to be that Epcot provided this international experience at an American price tag, but now I can take my kids to Europe for the same price as a WDW trip. Taking away the few unique and thrilling attractions they still do have is no way to retain repeat customers.

Pete
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Pete

A trip to Europe with the current Euro less than a Disney vacation. And less sales pitches along the way. But most Disney regular guests are wayyyyyy too scared and many out of shape physically to enbarq on something like that. No extra wide stroller space on the canals of the real Italy. Disney has certainly foregone any concern what so ever for happy guests. They think there’s enough suckers that they’ll ring in, even with out any rides.

Debbie B
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Debbie B

Soarin has bad reviews? I heard it was good. Rivers of Light and nighttime Animal Kingdom remain questionable.

Larry
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Larry

The stores will be open. That’s all that matters to them. The fewer attractions up, the more they save. I do not believe this shut down is related to safety.

G
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G

Universal Studios has Hulk! Also Kong just opened!

Corrina Cowan
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Corrina Cowan

Gutted… We have a lot of rides down during our stay in Oct, BTM & Rockin’ being 2 of our favourite rides. Having already booked flights & package from UK it’s not like we can just pop by another day ?

John
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John

I hope they get the music working again. When we were there in July, no music was playing at all. Very sad

Donna Schulte Loth
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Donna Schulte Loth

Why not just shut DHS down completely, get it all done at once, offer reduced package prices for the duration, and reopen when all the work is finished? Seems better than having a lot of PO’d visitors…

Kyle
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Kyle

Has this been confirmed by Disney yet? It is not showing up in the TA refurbishment schedule, hoping this is not true. I know that currently for fastpasses it is just showing up as all fastpasses gone for that time period but does not say it is closed for refurbishment like other rides say. It would not be smart on Disney’s part to close 2 roller coasters during the same time (Big thunder Mountain Railroad and Rock n Roller Coaster) as that leaves not many rides for thrill seekers. Why not wait a week and a half for the Rock… Read more »

James Moore
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James Moore

Well said

Jay
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Jay

Just got notification from Disney that my FastPass for Rock N Roller Coaster was cancelled for the 29th, so I think it is real.

moosasha2003
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moosasha2003

Aw man

TDunn
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TDunn

My point is that they could have picked a different time as Thunder Mountain is closed during this period as well! Makes me very frustrated to have two big rides out of commission on MY TRIP that I’ve been waiting and saving for, for 5 freaking years!

Dale
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Dale

I completely agree with other commenters above – I’m going in late October, and knew about Big Thunder being down, and while I was bummed, I understand rides need refurb. I’m sorry, but from my perspective it is unacceptable for Disney to have two roller coasters down at the same time and announce the second closure less than 60 days before it is set to begin. It’s not like the parks are overflowing with thrill rides, and to me, this is really the “cherry on top” of this Disney vacation, where cuts abound and costs are way up. When you’ve… Read more »

local, so not affected
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local, so not affected

Not to sound crazy or paranoid, but for anyone complaining that it is unacceptable for these rides to be down for refurb, what if a fatal accident occured to you or your family member just because routine maintenance was ignored? I know that is harsh but stop thinking “me first” and realize that these things have to happen for a reason. Could they push it back? Maybe, only Disney knows their maintenance schedules. Sorry if this occurs during your trip but if your were coming to Disney for “thrill rides” you’re doing it wrong.

James Moore
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James Moore

So typical. I have stated that refurbs need to happen. Thinking “me first”??? Wow. I never thought of.it like that….. Let’s think big picture. Let’s forget about my vacation, or the 400 days I have dreamed about.it as the disney nut I have been. Or seeing the.disappointment in my loved ones faces on yet another “minus” in our experience….. Not about me.in any way bro……. What has happened in the world of Disney parks lately… Magic kingdom has Big thunder mountain down for a few months. Taking away the electrical parade… Hollywood studios is like a ghost town in comparison… Read more »

Deener
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Deener

I completely agree with this !!!! I think Disney realized they made a BIG mistake with AK form the get go. The beastly kingdom thing would have been absolutely incredible. BUT they saw the massive success of HP and it lit a fire under them. They could have had it but weren’t willing to give JKR so much control. (which works in Uni’s favor since ya know, she made the whole thing up!!!!) SO they bought Avatar. Now as far as movies go, IMO it was a pretty movie to watch. The story is one Disney already owned (among others,… Read more »

Yolanda
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Yolanda

Until there’s some management changes, big time, Disney will continue to go down the toilet. Only the most die hards (or suckers) will keep loyal to the parks. I’m very loyal to the brand and media, but the parks get worse every year. I know new attractions due from all this construction in a few years, but is a drop in the bucket. Hopefully someone will buy the parks from Disney and just pay to use their characters. Disney needs to get out of the theme park business and just churn out movies.

Jesse
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Jesse

Perhaps Disney has found some more “obscene” content that needs to be removed ;)

Larry
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Larry

Disney is a construction zone of mostly overprices trinkets and a few meet and greets, all with long lines. If Disney gave a crap about guests, they would have opened 5th park when the 4 they have busting at the seams, and then closed one park at a time for overhaul. But..they don’t give a crap. The Disney parks ONLY objective in life is to get more money out of customers every second they are in the parks. Close ALL the attractions, they shareholders win in the short term. But even die hard Disney fans see how obtuse Disney parks… Read more »

Peter
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Peter

They’d get more of my families money if the did this. We cancelled this years 2 visits. They could have built more first on open lands, and then scheduled refurb of their aged attractions and advised customers so they can plan ahead. Sure, some unexpected break downs occur. But half of Hollywood studios, and a quarter of the other parks are ‘broken’. Bad management.

John
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John

Larry your rant is funny. I will be making my 4th trip this year in Dec. and lovin every minute of it.

Yolanda
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Yolanda

4 trips in a year to just Disney? John, you’re proof a sucker is born every minute.

No excuse for all the issues at Disney. DHS is a 2 hour theme park now. Sure. Plenty of suckers to go around for a while. But you can only jip people off so much before either they figure out there’s other places to go.

Gemma Feeney
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Gemma Feeney

Silly question but does this mean it actually reopens on the 9th or the 10th? Sorry and thanks!!

Brian Bauer
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Brian Bauer

If it’s closed THROUGH the 9th then it’s open on the 10th.

Gemma Feeney
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Gemma Feeney

Great thank you, better tweak the plans then!

Ryan
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Ryan

I wouldn’t be surprised if they pulled a “Maelstrom” and remove Aerosmith theme… I have been seeing an awful lot of Mickey Rock’nRollercoaster merchandise… I could see them switching it to a generic rock ‘n’ roll theme and playing current contemporary songs during the ride for a different experience each time you ride

Yolanda
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Yolanda

You might be right Ryan. My understanding is any ride that doesn’t generate revenue on it’s own, will be discontinued at the parks or replaced. Every inch must make money off customers at every second it can. Aerosmith not selling much, nor cross promoting other Disney merchandise sales.

Kyle
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Kyle

It has been confirmed, I contacted Disney. If everyone contacts Disney and complains asking them to push the refurb back until after BTMR opens so that 2 roller coasters are not down at once, then perhaps Disney will listen. The BTMR refurb was supposed to be in spring and they ended up pushing that back until end of August into fall so it def can be done. I urge everyone to just email them asking them. If they get enough people who are angry they may adjust the timeframe!

Renee
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Renee

It is really disappointing Disney would elect to take this attraction down while BTMRR is down for refurb too. I understand everything needs to undergo maintenance and be taken offline for the required period of time to accomplish it, but this is just poor planning. If the refurb can wait until the end of October, it is not so urgent it could not wait a few more weeks for BTMRR to be back up (unless they know that is going to take longer and they haven’t said anything yet). I wish they would have announced this a few months ago… Read more »

Tony Fullam
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Tony Fullam

after 15 years of visiting WDW from the UK this November i think will be my last for a good few years Disney seem to be just hammering WDW at the moment and are in danger of ruining what they have built up ove the years,whereas Universal seem to be thriving at the moment think the guys who run Disney need a long hard look at what they are doing.

Kirk
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Kirk

From reading these posts, and annual passholder for Disney and Universal living in Orlando, we spend way less $$ at Disney now. I AM SHOCKED to think people surprised Disney is communicating these closures between parks, or had ANY care that ANY guest is happy does NOT sound like Disney World USA/Florida of the last 5-10 years. They’d close every attraction and could care less…if you’re staying on property and spending money, they’re fine. They don’t put much into locals or guests off property, and there’s talk they will restrict parks with new attractions to them. Not that they have… Read more »

Dara
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Dara

Was there last July. Last trip to Disney for me. Next time it will only be Universal, SW,BG etc. Disney just not doing it for me anymore. We travel from Ireland.

Tony Fullam
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Tony Fullam

cant disagree really after 15 years i think thats me now

Bill
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Bill

We’ve decided that when we need our Disney fix, we will just go to Disneyland. If we go back to Florida any time soon, it will be to visit Universal. They have their act together unlike WDW!

Jeff
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Jeff

“Disney doesn’t rehab the rides enough. They keep cutting costs, raising prices, and not caring about guest experience!!!”

“A ride is going down for rehab?? Disney keeps cutting costs, raising prices, and not caring about guest experience!!!!”

-The Internet

Sean
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Sean

So why not change this ride in to the Guardians of the Galaxy instead of Universe of Energy?