I was only around 7 or 8 the first time I rode a roller coaster. Even though it was almost 4 decades ago I remember exactly where it was and who I was with. My dad and I were at Kings Island riding the Racer. How we arrived at the point of me riding it, I don’t remember. Maybe I bugged him. Maybe he encouraged me. All I recall is that I closed my eyes and executed a duck and cover move until it was over. It was crazy. I was scared. My stomach did flip flops.
I loved it.
Ever since that day, any time I have an opportunity to ride a roller coaster with someone, I jump at the chance. Riding by myself isn’t fun for me. I need someone to enjoy it with. As the girls are getting older, they are more willing to take on the challenge and this year was the top. During our trip to Walt Disney World in May for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, we were able to participate in a ride-mount video opportunity before the parks opened. There were a variety of choices for different ages and levels of thrill-seeker, but I selected the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
This was made possible by the Social Media team who coordinated for us to participate prior to the each of the parks opening to general admission. Some boarded buses for Magic Kingdom where they rode Dumbo or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The rest of us headed to Hollywood Studios with half of us participating on Tower of Terror and the other half the Rock ‘n Roller Coaster.
Miss M was nervous. The last time I took her on one of the ‘big’ rides was Expedition Everest when she was 8 and only about 50 pounds. She swore off roller coasters until our last trip to Disney when she opted for Thunder Mountain Railroad. This time she was taking a big step and it meant the world to me.
I’m so glad we did it. I’ve never watched myself ride a roller coaster before. If you haven’t watched the video yet, please do. I’ll wait. Are you back? I apparently smile A LOT when I ride coasters.
Many people, including myself, are always curious about rides before getting on them. If you’re curious whether or not this ride is for you, here are a few things Miss M and I made note of during and after our ride.
If you have a bag, you’ll be able to store it between your legs. I hooked my legs through the backpack straps and it was just fine. When you’re going really fast, the force keeps it from flying out.
The music on the ride is loud, but in a good rock and roll kind of way.
The ride is completely inside and very dark. There are features that light up to help tell the story, but in general, it’s dark.
The front car and the back car offer very different experiences. At the front you can’t see the path so flips and turns take you by surprise. In the back seat, however, you can see all the cars on the rail in front of you so you know exactly when those flips are coming.
The back allows you to mentally prepare yourself for the ride. The front is like an earthquake. You don’t know when it is coming and by the time you figure it out, it is over.
The takeoff of the ride is abrupt like a launchpad. The closest ride comparison I can make is Test Track.
The ride itself is smooth. While it is dark like Space Mountain, it isn’t nearly as jolty.
Like it or not, there’s a photo-op. Disney has implemented quite a few features with their Magic Bands. One is the ease by which you can get your ride photos onto your PhotoPass account. These are totally worth buying and if you’re like me, just get the Memory Maker package that allows you unlimited ride photos and videos like this. Awesome memories captured in the heat of the moment.
The entire ride is only 90 seconds. A minute and a half. That’s it. Anything is possible for 90 seconds, right? Personally I thought it was too short!
Overall, Miss M and I both felt Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster offered the speed excitement of Test Track with the joy of Space Mountain less the tossing and turning. Definitely one that we’ll add to our must-ride list every time we visit Hollywood Studios from here out.
What types of rides are your favorite?