Back in the summer of 1999 one of my dreams came true. It was 4th of July weekend (yes, I know, Florida in July, really!) and we just finished watching Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios (a must see!). Walking out of the show, in the distance I see a cast member standing in front of the not yet opened attraction, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. I thought, that’s weird, the ride isn’t open yet. Out the corner of my I see the cast member wave us over. Hmmm? What’s going on? We walk over and she asks us if we would like to be “ride tester”. YES, PLEASE!!!! That first ride was the first of many as this is one of my top 5 attractions.
For me, the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is more than just an attraction. It combines two of my true loves – Disney and Aerosmith, thanks Dad! As far back as I can remember Aerosmith has been and continues to be my favorite rock band. Maybe because Steven Tyler is from New Hampshire. More likely though it’s because my dad would always listen to them while taking me to soccer practice.
Many years have passed since the attraction opened and rumors are flying that Disney is looking to move on from the Aerosmith theming at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. At Walt Disney Studios in Paris, the ride has already begun re-theming to an Iron Man attraction (announcement). As much as it will sadden me to see the attraction change, it’s time. Currently, Disney has not announced any changes coming to the attraction at Hollywood Studios. Unfortunately, using the same Iron Man theme is not an option at Walt Disney World due to licensing rights between Universal Studios and Marvel (owned by Disney).
With no announcements from Disney, it gives us an opportunity to do some Backseat Imagineering (my favorite past time). What would make logical sense if Marvel is off the table?
The Obvious Choice
Disneyphiles alike have been talking about the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster changing to a Monster, Inc. attraction for some time. With many saying it will happen once the dust settles after Star Wars Galaxy Edge opens, which is slated for late 2019. The concept of the attraction would be the “Door Scene” in the original movie with Sully, Mike and you trying to get Boo to her door. (A quick YouTube search will find the scene) Definitely, a great idea and would make for an awesome attraction!
Backseat Imagineering Time
It’s that time again. That time when we let our imaginations run wild. My mind went to one place and it’s the perfect fit. Hello Incredibles! Disney isn’t able to use the majority of Marvel characters at Walt Disney World, but they still have some other great super heroes to use. I’m picturing it now. As you make your way through the line you wander into Metroville (where the Incredibles live). Walking past different scenes from the movies, an alert sounds and tells you Metroville is falling under attack from Syndrome (the original supervillain).
It’s too late, there is nowhere to go! You walk into the pre-show room where you encounter Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Dash and Violet who are shocked to learn that you’re still in Metroville – right in harm’s way! Mr. Incredible tells Dash to get you safely out of town. Dash is on it and says to meet him in the alley.
You head into the alley. In the distance, you see and hear the battle going on between the Incredibles and Syndrome. Dash yells “Get into that car and I’ll get you out of here!” You jump into the coaster and next thing you know you rocket into the ride, racing through Metroville, dipping, flipping and twisting around the battle between the Incredibles and Syndrome. You’re part of the battle. The ride ends with Syndrome being captured by none other than Jack-Jack. You’re saved!
Realistic or Not?
Definitely possible (IMO)! History tells us Disney likes to use successful Intellectual Property (IP) for rides. The Incredibles are unbelievably popular, just look at the success of the Incredibles 2 this past summer. Check!
Disney also likes to use the same IPs in multiple Disney theme parks. For example, the Guardians of the Galaxy is used at Disneyland and will be in the roller coaster at Epcot. This past summer Disney changed the California Screamin Roller Coaster at Disneyland California Adventure to the Incredibles. Check!
The last key piece is continuity in storytelling. In June Disney opened the brand new Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios, another Pixar movie. Adding the Incredibles would easily tie into the Pixar storytelling and open up the ability to add more Pixar film-related attractions in the future. Check!
Will Disney change the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster to an Incredibles or Monster Inc. ride, I’m not sure. Everything right now is speculation. The one thing we do know is the days are numbered for the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. My younger self will definitely be sad when the day comes, but if it means a new ride…I’m all for it. As long as I can be a tester again! 🙂