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A concert-goer's quest to see one of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll bands takes a few unexpected twists and turns through the Hollywood Hills in Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, the new indoor roller coaster at the Disney Hollywood Studios theme park. It's part of the largest property-wide expansion in Walt Disney World Resort history.

The five members of Aerosmith teamed with Walt Disney Imagineering to create the thrill ride that features a high-speed launch of 0-60 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.

"This thrilling new attraction is a perfect fit for Disney Hollywood Studios and its celebration of show business -- film, television, theater, animation and now music," said Walt Disney World president Al Weiss. "And Aerosmith, with its multi-generational, international appeal and ever-youthful approach to rock 'n' roll music, is a fantastic match for this new thrill ride."

Formed in the early 1970s in Boston, Aerosmith (Steven Tyler, vocals; Joe Perry, guitars; Brad Whitford, guitars; Tom Hamilton, bass; and 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 the recent release of 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 has sold 80 million records in its 26-year career.

"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, an innovative system -- free 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 'n' roll music," said Ken Wong, 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 the fictional G-Force Records, 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.

Guests aboard each "limo" will encounter nearly 5 Gs as they transition from launch to loop at the ride's first inversion. (By comparison, astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle experience 3 Gs at liftoff.)

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

Disney 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, radio and animation production facilities. The theme park and working production facility is part of the 30,500-acre Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Fast Facts

Track Length: 3,403 feet, which is more than a half-mile of twists, turns, loops, corkscrews, hills and dips.

  • Inversions: Two roll-over loops and one corkscrew -- Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is Disney’s first coaster in the United States to feature inversions.
  • “Limotrain” Capacity: 24 guests, about twice the number of passengers who fit in the average stretch limousine.
  • Maximum Speed: The attraction’s high-speed launch catapults each Limotrain to a whopping 60 mph in 2.8 seconds -- similar to the feeling of sitting in a supersonic jet as it blasts off from the deck of an aircraft carrier.
  • Exclusive Audio: Five specially recorded Aerosmith soundtracks. Each Limotrain features a different Aerosmith song, with lead singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry recording custom lyrics and riffs for each tune. Examples include “Love In A Roller Coaster” (“Love In An Elevator”) and “What Kind of Ride Are You On?” (“What Kind of Love Are You On?”). The disc jockey “broadcasting live” from the Aerosmith concert at the beginning of the ride is none other than Uncle Joe Benson, one of Los Angeles’ most popular classic rock jocks.
  • A Rocking Good Time: 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’s “Greatest Hits,” “Sweet Emotion”); and the attraction’s pre-show feature is approximately two minutes.
  • Maximum G-Force: Guests encounter nearly 5 Gs as they transition from launch to loop at the ride’s first inversion. By comparison, astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle experience 3 Gs at liftoff.
  • On-Board Audio: Each guest’s seat boasts two high-frequency tweeters, two mid-range speakers and one subwoofer (mounted under the seat). By comparison, most automobiles have a total of four speakers in the entire vehicle.
  • Total Speakers per Limotrain: 120.
  • Total Speakers in Attraction: 900.
  • Watts of Audio Amplifier Output Power: More than 32,000.
  • Height Restriction: 48 inches.
  • Attraction Entrance: On Sunset Boulevard, near The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™. At 40 feet tall, the larger-than-life electric guitar that marquees the facade of “G-Force Records” has a neck which morphs into a scale-model coaster track and extends 320 feet to the entrance arch.
 
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