The Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Rocks!

Wow!  I’ll leave the poll opened, folks, but this one was pretty much over from the opening bell!  Take a look at this …

  • Leave it Alone – 55.35%
  • Rehabilitate – 39.07%
  • Eliminate – 5.58%

If that doesn’t constitute a landslide, then I don’t know what one looks like!  The results?  You have spoken!  Hollywood’s iconic Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will continue to live on into Studios history!

Hey!  Even those that recommended “Rehabilitate” only recommended fairly minor changes – mostly to the introduction video.  In the end, most everyone loves the attraction!  What else did you have to say?  Let’s take a look …

First, I’ll tell you, there were a lot of “Just leave it alone!”  Many of you left it that plain and simple.  Having said that, some of you spoke with a bit more emotion.

“Leave it be!  That’s one of my favorite rides in Florida!”  Or, “Take anything else in the park and do whatever you want with it, but I will fight someone over Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.”  Now, that’s some love!

“Keep it … a definite favorite!”  And, “Love it the way it is!”  Plus, “Best ride at Disney!  Leave it alone!”

“Get rid of one of the most popular attractions in Hollywood?  I think NOT!  Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is great.  Sure, update the intro, but the rest is awesome!”

How about this?  “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is a favorite of mine.  I’ve always loved Aerosmith, and I adore the theming.  It could always be touched up and improved but re-theming the attraction would break my heart.”

Finally, “NEVER!  Don’t touch it.  I’ll handcuff myself to it in protest!  Who’s with me?”  Like I said, a lot of emotion.

Of course, there were some practical viewpoints out there.  “Also to consider – who knows how much [Disney] paid to use the Aerosmith name and produce merchandise using it.  Maybe the contract stipulates that it’s a permanent WDW fixture or maybe it has an expiration date.  Regardless, WDW is going to milk it [for] every last penny invested and then some.”

New ideas were also tossed about.  Such as, “Refurb and replace with the movie that has one of the greatest soundtracks of all time – Guardians of the Galaxy!”

“Update and do a bunch of different music genres – Queen, Beatles, etc.”

“Turn it into a mine car roller coaster like in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”

“I have heard rumors that it could he re-themed to be a Monsters, Inc. roller coaster.  That would be cool, and it would fit with the overall ‘new’ theme of the park.”

Regardless of what Disney does or doesn’t do, however, your message to them is crystal clear, my friends.  Modestly update this exciting attraction if you want, but never take it away!

Good thing, too.  It’s one of my personal favorites, as well.  I don’t ever want to have to enter it into All in WDW’s Hall of Fame of retired attractions!

Episode 499 – Our Sunday News!

Good Monday, folks!  If you haven’t done so already, please stop by yesterday’s post in order to take part in another riveting exercise of “Rehabilitate or Eliminate”!  What should we do with the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith?  You tell us!

Afterwards, pull up your pub stools with John and Doug as they discuss all of the latest news from around Walt Disney World!

John gives us details on the training he’s getting for his new job over at Festival of the Lion King.  Can he sing the score by heart?  Hey, he also jumps into another one of his his normal rants – on the NFL!

Catch that action and so much more, fans!  Grab yourself a cold one, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!  Oh, one last thing!  Remember to stop back next week — for our 500th anniversary episode!

Episode 499 – Our Sunday News!

Step into the pub, folks, and grab a stool!  It’s another exciting episode of the WDW Main Street Podcast!

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

That’s right, folks.  This popular All in WDW feature activity is back, and, this time, we’re taking on a “heavyweight” – the equally popular Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith!

I have to admit … this one hits close to home.  The electrifying intensity and excitement of Rock ‘n’ Roller’s catapult launch makes this coaster my absolute favorite anywhere.

Having said that, is it time for a change?  Has Aerosmith run its course?  Does a new band or artist need to step up?  Should the quite-dated intro movie be replaced?

Well, let’s get creative.  It’s time for Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate?!  What’s that all about?  Well, open up your imaginations, my friends, because it goes something like this …

Welcome to the The Walt Disney Company!  I hope you’re enjoying your “career” in Disney’s design and development division – Walt Disney Imagineering!

As you know, WDI is responsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks worldwide, and we need your help!  Tap into your creativity.  Imagine that you’re an … Imagineer!  Yes!  In fact, in today’s case, you’re a “re-imagineer”!

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith!  Should we rehabilitate?  Leave the theme alone, but give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it with a new theme and attraction altogether?  Or, should we simply leave it completely alone?

Your task, today, is a two-part job.  First, what’s your vote?  Second, if you want to rehabilitate, what do you suggest we do?  If you want to eliminate, what should take its place?  What’s your “Project Plan”?

Leave your comments on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter, my friends!  This is what we do.  It’s Imagineering.  It’s “Re-Imagineering”!  We need your help!  Now, get to work!

WDW Main Street – Episode #315 – Our “Perfect” WDW Christmas Days!

Doug, Dennis, and I gather together in the Main Street Pub to “plan” our ideal way to spend Christmas Day in The World!

In what resorts did we choose to stay?  Where will we eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner?  Disney Springs might be in line to see a lot of our business!

We even have an imaginary “unlimited FastPass+”.  What three attractions will we use it to enjoy over and over again?  Listen to the show find out!

WDW Main Street – Episode #315 – Our “Perfect” WDW Christmas Days!

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Should We “Re-Imagine” Test Track?

Hello!  Good morning!  No, my friends.  I did not forget all the hard work you did this past Sunday.  Yesterday was just a very busy day!

So, let me tell you what didn’t surprise me about your tour through some of Walt Disney World’s speediest thrill rides …

Space Mountain?  It’s too wild?  Settle it down?  Hah!  The masses have spoken.  Over 80% of you say, “Are you kidding me?  It’s perfect!”

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Yeah, Space is staying just as it is.  Not a surprise!  Not in the least.

Hmm.  Expedition Everest.  That yeti has been busted for years.!  I had someone ask me, “What’s wrong with Yeti?”  Uh, he’s paralyzed, I quipped.

Should we “[s]hut the attraction down and fix Yeti, for Mickey’s sake!”?  Almost 70% of you shout, “Yes!”  Again, not a shock.

When it came to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, I gave you a choice.  Paint it, or re-theme it!  After all, Aerosmith is SO yesterday … right?  Right.

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No.  Almost 65% of you scoffed at me and declared, “A fresh ‘paint job’ will do.  Please leave the rest alone!”  Well, you sure put me in my place, I’d say.

It was your indisputable opinion of Test Track’s 2012 reincarnation as “Test Track Presented by Chevrolet” that caught my astonishment!

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Over 30% of you are so disappointed with the current version of this attraction that you’re proponents of returning it to its original state – the version first-opened in 1999!

Nearly 45% of you want Disney to rehab it again … just two years later!  Wow!

Less than 25% of you want to “Keep the current version!”?  Hey!  If that’s the case, why is the line always so darn long?!

Truthfully, folks, I am a bit stunned by the result!

What is it, my friends, that we dislike so much about the “new” Test Track?  Or, is it that we just plain miss the old version?

I can tell you what it is for me … it’s the track.  It’s really hard to enjoy the attraction when, as you traverse the course, all you can “see” and feel is the old ride.

Sure, it would have cost more money, but you should have truly changed the attraction, Disney.  All of the interactive theming is great, but, in the end, the ride simply got a glorified, shockingly blue, paint job!

Am I wrong, folks?  What are your thoughts?  What disappoints you about the current version?  Please leave a comment, here at All in WDW, on Facebook, Reddit, or on Twitter.  Let the fans know your thoughts!

Why does “Test Track Presented by Chevrolet” turn you off?  Are you amidst the 25% that enjoy the attraction?  Then, why?

Let your voice be heard!  Have a great day, everyone!