Disney updates plans for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster following Steven Tyler’s verdict

Disney has shared a new update on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster closes during fire alarm.
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Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster officially closed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on January 8, 2024, marking one of the most extensive renovations in the attraction’s history. Disney kept details about the renovation vague and did not share details about the eventual reopening.

The coaster is an iconic part of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Walt Disney World Resort, meaning losing Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster for so long was a major disappointment for visitors.

However, Disney has shared a new, albeit very brief, update on this beloved attraction.

A group of people riding Walt Disney World's Rock 'n' Roller CoasterA group of people riding Walt Disney World's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
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The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster attraction’s official webpage has been updated to reflect a new statement from Disney. Instead of reading, “Check back here for updates,” the website now reads, “This attraction is scheduled to reopen in the summer of 2024.” At the earliest, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster could have been closed for a total of four months if it reopened on May 1, or eight months if Disney had waited until the end of September to get the attraction back up and running.

According to the Walt Disney World Resort website, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster will be closed until June 30, 2024, the latest date the calendar will show.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is one of the most popular and exciting attractions at Walt Disney World, reaching top speeds of almost 55 miles per hour. The roller coaster is also one of the few Disney park attractions with full inversions, making it one of the most intense experiences at ‘The Most Magical Place on Earth’.

The roller coaster is located at the end of Sunset Boulevard, right next to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Hollywood Studios’ other major thrill ride.

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood StudiosTwilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios
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There has been a lot of talk about Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster lately, mainly because of the theme of the ride. Not only is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster a thrilling ride, but the world-famous rock band Aerosmith is at the center of the story. Steven Tyler and the rest of the band speak directly to guests during the ride’s show, offering them backstage passes and a “super” stretch limousine, and the band’s music plays during the ride.

However, due to recent allegations against the Aerosmith frontman, rumors are swirling about the possibility of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster getting a completely new theme.

Over the past two years, Steven Tyler has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women, sparking outrage among fans of his music and fans of the iconic Disney theme park ride alike. The first claim stems from a lawsuit filed by Julia Holcomb in 2022, while the second lawsuit in 2023 comes from Jeanne Bellino. Bellino claims she suffered “physical, psychological and emotional injuries” after the musician allegedly groped, kissed and simulated sex without her consent. Tyler has vehemently denied these claims, with a judge dismissing Bellino’s lawsuit earlier this week.

According to Fox news, a federal judge in New York permanently dismissed Bellino’s lawsuit, meaning Bellino cannot file a similar lawsuit against Tyler in the future.

While Disney hasn’t declared anything, the company has a history of cutting ties with celebrities, especially within the theme parks, meaning it’s a real possibility that Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster could at some point get its Aerosmith theme to lose. For years, fans have theorized which bands could replace Aerosmith, pitching other world-famous groups such as Queen, The Rolling Stones and even Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, a band that can be heard all over the world. Muppets franchise.

Do you enjoy riding Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster? What is your favorite thrill ride at Walt Disney World?