Aerosmith Rocks, Guests Roll at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Thrill Ride

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — A concert-goer’s quest to see one of the
world’s greatest rock and roll bands takes a few unexpected twists
and turns through the Hollywood hills in Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
Starring Aerosmith presented by Hanesbrands Inc., the indoor roller coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.

The five members of Aerosmith teamed with Walt Disney
Imagineering to create the thrill ride that features a high-speed
launch of 0 to approximately 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, three inversions, rock-concert
lighting and a specially recorded Aerosmith soundtrack thundering
from 120 onboard speakers in each coaster train — all firsts for a
Walt Disney World attraction.

Formed in the early 1970s in Boston, Aerosmith (Steven Tyler,
vocals; Joe Perry, guitars; Brad Whitford, guitars; Tom Hamilton,
bass; Joey Kramer, drums) is more popular today than ever
before. In fact, the global appeal of this internationally renowned
band continues to grow, thanks to its chart-topping, multi-platinum studio and live albums (“Nine Lives”
and “A Little South of Sanity”), a #1 smash hit single from the
motion picture “Armegeddon” (“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”), a
Grammy Award and a stunning live performance at the 1999 Academy
Awards. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

“When you’ve toured the world as much as we have, it’s a real
thrill to find a new audience,” said lead singer Steven Tyler.
“Coming up with a soundtrack for this Disney ride really brought
the kid out in all of us and has given us the opportunity to play
audio gymnastics with our music.”

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith features FASTPASS — offered at no charge to park guests — designed to reduce
waiting times at popular attractions in all four Walt Disney World
theme parks. Located near The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror on
Sunset Boulevard, it represents yet another breakthrough in Disney
theme park rides.

“Once again, Imagineers are at the forefront with this
technologically progressive attraction that fuels awesome thrills
with the power and allure of rock and roll music,” said Don
Goodman, president of Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative design
and development division of The Walt Disney Company.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith surprises guests with
unexpected twists, turns and high-speed revolutions along its
darkened tracks. The attraction begins with a tour of a fictional
record company, where guests encounter the band finishing up a
studio recording session. After being invited by the band members
to see them in concert, guests climb aboard a 24-passenger
“super-stretch limo” and swiftly accelerate into the Hollywood
night.

The enclosed experience remains dark while featuring
individually lit Southern California landmarks — 365 days a year,
rain or shine.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios immerses guests in the glamour of show business
365 days a year with thrilling attractions, incredible
Broadway-style shows, world-class atmosphere entertainment and
interactive film, television and radio production
facilities. The theme park is part of the 25,000-acre Walt Disney
World Resort near Orlando, Fla.

For more information, call 407/824-4321 or visit
disneyworld.com.

Fast Facts:

  • Location: Sunset Boulevard & Gower Street, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Show Description: High-speed indoor roller coaster with inversions
  • Speed at Launch: 0 to approximately 60 mph in 2.8 seconds
  • Show Duration: Actual ride time for the roller coaster is 1:22; the cycle time for each Limotrain is 3:12 (the exact running time of one of Aerosmith