You’re probably familiar with the holiday season in Disney World — but there’s another season that Disney fans dread.
It’s refurbishment season — when Disney World closes down a ride or experience here and there for routine maintenance or other updates. One iconic Hollywood Studios ride has been closed for quite a while, but that has all changed now because Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster has REOPENED in this park!
Back in December 2022, we shared that Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith would be closing on February 20th, 2023, for a long refurbishment. Disney didn’t share an official opening date, but we spoke with a Cast Member who said it would reopen sometime in the summer of 2023. And now, it looks like that day has finally arrived!
This reopening came as a big surprise, as Disney never announced the specific reopening date. But while we were walking through Hollywood Studios today, we noticed that the outdoor queue for the coaster was set up, which hasn’t happened since it closed in February. We asked a Cast Member who told us that they were hoping to open up the ride today.
Sure enough, the coaster opened back up later in the day! Although it never showed as open on the My Disney Experience app, people were able to go inside and ride (with pretty short wait times, too!). Thanks to DFB reader @What.if.Disney.World on Instagram for letting us know about the opening and sending this picture!
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster has infamously broken down for several days in a row in the past, so hopefully, this refurbishment helps with some of those technical difficulties. Back in July of 2022, a Cast Member told us that the ride hasn’t had a full refurbishment since the parks reopened in 2020 — this is likely the reason for the length of the refurb.
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