Magical Blogorail: Imagineer for a Day – Rock’n’Roller Coaster

Mayor for a Day. Firefighter for a Day. Astronaut for a Day. All good choices, but for the Disney fan, it has to be Imagineer for a Day! Join me and my fellow Blogorailers as we exploit our opportunities to change whatever we want about the attractions and/or shows in the Disney parks!

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. I’ve chosen to reimagine:


RocknRoller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Currently, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is an enclosed launched steel roller coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort and at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris. As the attraction’s name suggests, the coaster features Aerosmith members, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, and Brad Whitford.

Remember them? Many young people today don’t, and this is one reason I feel it’s time for a rethink! Even if the queue area is awesome.

The Florida attraction opened on July 29, 1999 and is located at the end of Sunset Boulevard. The coaster accelerates from 0 to 57 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds and that is something I would not change! Because riders experience 4.5 G as they enter the first inversion, more than an astronaut does on a space shuttle launch. Yeah. It’s that wicked!

But outdated. So what would I do to reinvigorate this attraction if I were an Imagineer?

F I R S T

Introduce a new theme

Out with Aerosmith and the music angle. Rather than mess with the beyond-awesome Twilight Zone Tower of Terror I would introduce a Marvel theme to this attraction instead. Universal Studios has made an art form out of fusing Marvel characters with cutting edge roller coaster technology and as a result has arguably kicked Disney’s butt in the thrill ride sector!

Adding to the obvious symmetry of this product placement is that Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a movie-themed park. Marvel Comics movies are killing at the box office now and will likely continue to do so for many years to come. So a superhero overlay only makes sense.

S E C O N D

Reinvent the queue area

Out with the tacky video message. There are so many better and higher tech ways to engage an audience than a flat screen video presentation. The concept artwork for the Guardians of the Galaxy queue area planned for TOT would work here.

Or we could use Avengers Mansion as a template. Or Stark Industries. Or Dr. Strange’s Inner Sanctum. The list of available options are numerous and could be swapped out to freshen up the attraction as new Marvel movies are released. This would also give Disney the opportunity to promote new properties.

T H I R D

Add additional Photo Ops

One action shot is not enough! I love ride photos and this roller coaster has so many scream-inducing moves that more cameras to capture these moments would be cool.

Beyond that, we have the opportunity to create a Marvel hero meet-and-greet beyond anything we have seen in a Disney park to date! Face characters could interact with guests during times of peak capacity. More face characters could be waiting for guests after the ride, near the obligatory gift shop, to pose for pictures.

And that my friends is what I would do to the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster if I were an Imagineer for a day! Of course, it would take slightly longer than a day to pull off such changes, but with a little faith and some pixie dust… it would still take longer than a day.

But I’m a patient man and would stick with it until it was done! Am I hired?

For more about Disney attractions we would like to see improved, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!


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Where Is ‘The Best Seat In The House’ as Disney?

When I first went to Walt Disney World, I thought I had to be at the head of the line for everything. So I arrived early for shows. Huddled by the entry doors of attractions. And ran to the rides. Many have done this thinking that it will give them ‘the best seat in the house.’ Or does it?

After my first visit, or what I now affectionately call my learning curve, I took a more leisurely approach. So in this article, I am going to share with you just how to get that ‘best seat in the house’ at each Attraction in the World. The same tips will work for those of you who frequent Disneyland, as many of the Attractions I will be mentioning are located in both Parks. Let’s start with:

Thrill Rides

These include: Space Mountain; Rock and Roller Coaster; Expedition Everest; etc. For these rides, you want to sit in the front car. However, you likely will have to ask to sit in the front car, and you may have to wait a little longer as others are let by you until all of the other seats are filled.

Tip: There is one Roller Coaster that you do not want to do this for. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is much more exciting for those who sit in the back seat. This comes from a Cast Member who gave me the tip after I asked for the front seat. He told me that the Train slows after cresting some of the hills, letting the front cars down the other side gradually until the rear of the Train crests. Then the Train is released and the thrills return. So the riders in the rear of the Train get a better experience. I did this, and he was right!

Splash Mountain; Test Track; Soarin’; Mission Space; Maelstrom; Kali River Rapids; The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror; etc. all give a great ride no matter where you sit.

Live Shows

First off, you will be told by the attending Cast Member of these Attractions that all seats are the ‘best in the house.’ And they are right, to a point. Every seat does yield an adequate view. But the principle I will be applying is based on my personal Movie Theater preference, which is: Always sit two-thirds of the way back from the front and dead center.

Shows for which this principle should be applied are: Voyage of the Little Mermaid; Beauty and the Beast; Lights,Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show; Finding Nemo – the Musical; Fantasmic; etc.

Tip: Once inside, the Cast Member will ask you to move all the way to the far side of the Theater and fill all available seats. You will not be allowed to stop half way across! So the strategy has to start outside the Entry Doors. Don’t rush to be first in line. Hold back to about the center of the crowd and file in slowly. Once inside, locate a row that is about one-third filled and head for it. By the time you get there and move across, you will be in about the center of the Theater. Go in by means of the center Entry Door and you should get the ‘best seat in the house.’

Playhouse Disney and the Festival of the Lion King, among others, give you a good view no matter where you sit. In fact, it’s best to choose a new seat each time you go.

Staged Shows

Shows like: Muppet Vision 3D; Country Bear Jamboree; The Hall of Presidents; Mickey’s Philharmagic; Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor; Carousel of Progress; It’s Tough to be a Bug; etc. are all examples where the ‘hold back’ approach is not needed. Truly, any seat in the house is perfect.

Tip: Because all seats are good, you don’t need to rush to be the first in the door. You can relax and enjoy the pre-show or the queue area, or even mill around outside the attraction until just moments before the doors open.

Miscellaneous

These rides or shows: Main Street Vehicles; Walt Disney World Railroad; The Haunted Mansion; Jungle Cruise; Star Tours; The Enchanted Tiki Room; Peter Pan’s Flight; The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh; It’s a Small World; Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin; Stitch’s Great Escape; Spaceship Earth; Universe of Energy; The Great Movie Ride; Dinosaur; Gran Fiesta Tour; Pirates of the Caribbean; etc. all give you a good view no matter where you sit.

And there you have it. Years of exhaustive research into Disney Seatology at your fingertips! So the next time you visit Walt Disney World or Disneyland, you’ll be sure to get the ‘best seat in the house!’