For more than 20 years, the rockin’ tunes of Aerosmith have serenaded guests as they twist, turn and loop through Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But as allegations of sexual misconduct have emerged against frontman Steven Tyler, rumors have also grown of the ride being rethemed to a less problematic musical group. Now one of the original cast members from the coaster’s preshow is claiming a retheme is on its way.
During the weekly live call-in show “Office Hours Live” hosted by Tim Heidecker, noted stand-up comedian and actor Ken Marino made a guest appearance to talk with the other guys on the show about his newer projects. One of the callers-in asked also about Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which in response Marino began telling the story of his experience, before claiming “Now they’re changing the ride, it’s gonna be a Queen ride.” His remarks come about an hour and 40 minutes into the video.
Now a well-known stand-up comedian and actor, Marino got his start doing smaller roles here and there, including as the recording engineer for Aerosmith in Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. He’s visible front and center in the photo above, and although he doesn’t have any lines, he does emote quite a bit throughout.
You can see the full preshow above from when it returned in the summer of 2021.
This of course could be Marino repeating hearsay as fact, as Disney has not made any announcements about the attraction changing during its current multi-month refurbishment. Celebrities have made misplaced “announcements” about theme park ride updates which then don’t pan out, although Queen has been floated multiple times by fans as the most likely replacement for Aerosmith were the boys to be evicted from Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Tyler is, of course, featured with the rest of Aerosmith as part of the Walt Disney World attraction Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which opened in 1999. The ride was also a 2002 opening day attraction in Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris but was recently replaced by Avengers Assemble: Flight Force, which utilizes the same track.
Despite occasional rumors, Disney has not removed Aerosmith from Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which would involve a near complete retheming of the ride. In 2016, Disney did digitally alter a hand gesture by Tyler that could be considered obscene.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster will be closing in February 2023 for a months-long refurbishment. It is scheduled to reopen in the summer. Disney did not announce details about the refurbishment, but it would likely only include general maintenance, not any changes to the actual experience. However, this could change following the lawsuit against Tyler. Were Disney to remove Tyler and Aerosmith from the ride, it could potentially extend the refurbishment.
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