A Coaster More Rockin' than AerosmithWalt Disney World: I'm sorry if this has been covered before, but the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster needs to be rethemed to a better band. Aerosmith just wasn't an impressive choice. Who would you like to see (and hear) as you speed through the streets of LA?
From Jack CurleyPlease keep in mind that the choice needs to be a super-huge-mega-star band; No indie bands or one-hit wonders. Everyone who goes to Disney needs to recognize the band, and hopefully some of their greatest hits.
Posted April 17, 2012 at 9:33 AM
My first choice is The Rolling Stones. They're arguably the biggest band that still performs together occasionally. They've been around forever, and everyone knows at least a few of their songs. Also, there's a Disney connection because Keith Richards appeared as Jack Sparrow's father in one of the PotC movies.
Who do you think would be the best choice?
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From Justin MRed Hot Chili Peppers
Posted April 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM
From Mike GallagherI had an idea s few years back..documented on another forum...to re-theme R&RC to the Ramones, and replace the L.A. locations with New York sites...CBGB's, 42nd St., Central Park, Yankee (shudder..) Stadium, etc. Not sure what Ramones tunes would play on the soundtrack, but Blitzkrieg Bop would sound great. They also did a cover of the old song Palisades Park..that might fit, too.
Posted April 17, 2012 at 11:41 AM
OK, so they weren't "a super-huge-mega-star band"...but they were well known, were on a major label, and were most certainly NOT one-hit wonders..calling them that would imply they ever HAD a "hit!" ...although "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" DID reach #97 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the late 70's...
From Derek MorseI personally enjoy the Aerosmith music and theme, so no changes needed from my perspective. Just my opinion.
Posted April 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM
From Brent MoodyI agree with Derek. Aerosmith music fits absolutely perfect for the ride to me. Their music is very recognizable and crosses many generations. I wouldn’t change it at all.
Posted April 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM
From Skipper AdamI'm pretty okay with Aerosmith. I don't think it should change unless it is the Beatles but we all know that's not happening.
Posted April 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM
From Dominick DI'm an Aerosmith fan, so I wouldn't change the band. IF they were, I would say AC/DC or Kiss.
Posted April 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM
From Giovanny CruzI don't know much about band I'm more of a hip hop fan but I know this is a badddd idea but to make it disney why not put lemonade mouth again terrible idea but is just a thought
Posted April 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM
From Jorge ArnoldsonAerosmith is cool, although I wouldn't want them to copy Universal's idea of interactivity (choosing a song). Also, Led Zeppelin: The Ride is no more, and AC/DC wouldn't fit in with Disney's family image.
Posted April 17, 2012 at 1:51 PM
From Manny RodriguezAeroSmith is the best band ever Besides the Rolling stones There music is Awesome I think That a Retheme Would Be good but dont Change It to A different Band Maybe New Songs Like, Crash,Pink,Train Kept Rollin And others It would Keep Me comin.
Posted April 17, 2012 at 2:00 PM
From Caroline DavisNot a band, David Bowie.
Posted April 17, 2012 at 2:58 PM
That would be absolute perfection.
Actually Space Mountain should be re-themed to David Bowie. Space Oddity while speeding through the dark. I WISH!
From Phil B.AC/DC would be a great replacement. They're as family friendly as Aerosmith is, who probably has a much longer list of inappropriate behavior and past indiscretions. I'm sure all of Aerosmith's band members being drug addicts at one point doesn't jibe with Disney''s squeakie clean image either. Van Halen would make for a good choice as well, as they have plenty of high energy songs that could work for the coaster. Ultimately, I'm quite happy with Rockin' Rollercoaster as is. I love being in the queue listening to all of Aerosmith's hits.
Posted April 17, 2012 at 6:19 PM
From Scott BFirst off, Caroline's suggestion is pretty incredible. I would love to have a Bowie themed roller coaster. Maybe they could have a special Bowie night on Space Mountain and it could incorporate Ziggy Stardust in some manner.
Posted April 18, 2012 at 8:11 AM
As for the Aerosmith coaster. I was never sure why it was music themed in the first place. It doesn't exactly tie in with the park.
My music tastes tend more towards the indie rock spectrum. So I would love to see a Pavement roller coaster or maybe some vintage punk like Dead Kennedys or Mission of Burma. Of course that is not going to happen.
Did anyone suggest U2? I am a big U2 fan. Many people are. I could picture a U2 coaster going over well. Their music is pretty universal and would translate well to a coaster.
Of course I am from the Boston area and listening to Aerosmith was a requirement growing up, so I have no problem having the ride still themed after that band. Though eventually it will have to change since kids know Steven Tyler from American Idol and not his band.
From Mike GallagherScott, I agree with you about Caroline's idea.
Posted April 18, 2012 at 8:39 AM
Yeah, DK's! Theme it after Police Truck and everyone gets a cup of Jello when exiting. Or a Soarin' type ride based on California Uber Alles!
I'm not a U2 fan anymore. They lost me after Joshua Tree. But a few times I've been waiting on El Toro's platform this season, the PA was playing Vertigo. That would fit as a coaster and would sound pretty good while riding...
From Joshua CounsilThe Imagineers originally wanted The Stones but couldn't afford the price tag. After making several calls and realizing the big names that they wanted were out of their price range, they ran to their cars to grab their CD collections. Aerosmith was the best they could buy.
Posted April 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM
And frankly, Aerosmith is perfect for the ride. They are hair metal, representing an era and genre of partying and rocking without significant political or social influence. That's perfect for a theme park attraction - they embody the sex, drugs, and alcohol of rock and roll without the anti-establishment themes (or at least to a lesser extent than, say, The Beatles).
Aerosmith was cool with having a roller coaster made in their image. Some might call them sell-outs for that, but to paraphrase Kevin Spacey after rejecting to voice Hopper and then watching the finished version of It's Tough To Be A Bug, "I didn't realize it would be so cool."
From Manny RodriguezDisney Wanted A ride That would Appeal To a Older Ages And It is Not A disney Clean Image And it was Made That way
Posted April 18, 2012 at 2:23 PM
From Mike SearyBenny Goodman Orchestra - That would ROCK!
Posted April 19, 2012 at 4:44 AM
From Neil ReeceHow about Electric Light Orchestra? Not my kind of "rock", but their music would fit a Disney coaster well---family friendly.
Posted April 19, 2012 at 4:47 AM
From Skipper AdamElectric Mayhem? lol
Posted April 19, 2012 at 8:18 AM
From James TrexenBe careful Skipper, you might bring James Rao's wrath by suggesting that.
Posted April 19, 2012 at 9:37 AM
From Dominick DAww but who doesn't love to hear James rage about the Muppets? MUPPETS, MUPPETS, MUPPETS!
Posted April 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM
From Andy MilitoI vote AC/DC, or possibly Metallica.
Posted April 19, 2012 at 5:02 PM
From Andrew DoughertyGreen Day or Metallica
Posted April 22, 2012 at 7:56 PM
From Karly TenneyGuns N Roses or Kiss. kick butt bands
Posted April 23, 2012 at 3:58 PM
From Ray SchroederIf they do change it, it should be a band from the good old USA. How about Bruce or Elvis. Or 50's rock or even Motown.
Posted April 24, 2012 at 10:36 AM
From Manny RodriguezNice Idea Ray Im not Too Young to Enjoy The Oldies My music Interests Spand All the Way To The 50s.
Posted April 24, 2012 at 3:24 PM
From Anthony MurphyI still do not see what is wrong with Aerosmith.
Posted April 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM
Love in a Roller Coaster? Its still as great as it was the day it opened! The best themed roller coaster out there!
From Randall PeekQueen. Use the same technology that was used to resurrect Tupac for the Coachella festival to bring back Freddie Mercury. Imagine rocking out to Bohemian Rhapsody while riding the coaster, or We Will Rock You, or any of several other anthemic songs the band performed.
Posted April 24, 2012 at 6:02 PM
From Mike GallagherRandall...it's funny. Even though the Hurler at Kings Dominion (and Carowinds) is no longer themed to Wayne's World, I still get Bohemian Rhapsody in my head when I ride (helps me forget the pain of the ride.)
Posted April 25, 2012 at 6:19 AM
From Jeff ElliottWhat's up with all of the ancient band choices?
Posted April 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Why don't you go with something a little newer like a Justin Beiber roller coaster?
From Dominick DJeff, it could be worse. A Miley Cyrus coaster would stink, especially with the fact Hannah Montana posters are in the RNRC queue.
Posted April 25, 2012 at 9:48 AM
From Ray SchroederJeff, we're talking about people and bands who actually have talent.
Posted April 25, 2012 at 10:17 AM
From Mike GallagherHey, Ray, C'mon now..Justin's got talent..for self-promotion.
Posted April 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM
From Dominick DYou remember our discussion about Bieber endorsing Proactiv? ;)
Posted April 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM
From Mike Seary"Love In A Roller Coaster"
Posted April 25, 2012 at 4:08 PM
...totally false advertisement. They kick you out for that - TRUST ME.
From Mike Gallagher^^Only fun ride I ever had on Dark Knight. And we didn't get kicked out.
Posted April 25, 2012 at 4:42 PM
From James TrexenHa, you used "Dark Knight" and "fun" in the same sentence.
Posted April 25, 2012 at 6:35 PM
From Dominick DLove in an Elevator would be suited well at the nearby Hollywood Hotel.
Posted April 25, 2012 at 7:55 PM
From Mike GallagherI've used those terms in the same sentence before, James.
Posted April 26, 2012 at 4:27 AM
"Dark Knight is no fun."
"I've ridden hundreds of coasters that are more fun than Dark Knight"
See, it's easy!! ;)
From Rob PThis is a good post but one that has elicited a whole host of different answers because of differing music tastes.
Posted April 26, 2012 at 6:27 AM
I personally think that the current Aerosmith formula is still viable. I don't see any reason to change for change's sake to be honest.
I don't list the band as one of my all time favourites ........although I do find them listenable. It's Rock without being either too soft or too niche so as to alienate people.
I think the time to have this forum will be if they do ever decide to change and then everybody will be screaming about how it should have been THEIR favourite band.
Perhaps we should stick with the Status Quo. NO. I don't mean let's have Status Quo.......doh.....see what I mean ??
From Mike Gallagher^So we can decorate the queue with pictures of matchstick men?
Posted April 26, 2012 at 7:58 AM
From James Trexen^And it would still have better themeing than any Six Flags ride.
Posted April 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM
From Rob PMike wrote : So we can decorate the queue with pictures of matchstick men?
Posted April 27, 2012 at 4:46 AM
Whatever you want
They aren't mine but , hey , it's beginning to work.
From Mike GallagherEvery time I've ridden Intimidator 305 until last weekend, I always heard Sweet Home Alabama over the PA. However, last weekend I heard ZZ's Tush and .38 Special. Hmmm.
Posted April 27, 2012 at 6:15 AM
From Eric MaloneI disagree that Aerosmith was a bad choice. I feel like the ride is still a ton of fun and the music choices were perfect for the ride. Even if you don't like Aerosmith you can still benefit from a really fun indoor coaster. I just happen to benefit from both.
Posted April 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM
From Zack McDonaldBuild one at DCA and then give that one a new Band name.
Posted April 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM
From Mark FairleighI can't believe no one's suggested Air Supply or Little River Band yet. ;P
Posted April 28, 2012 at 1:27 PM
Seriously, if you want American ROCK than what better band than Van Halen. Just saw them Wed. in Charlotte and they still have it. "Unchained" would be perfect.
From Mike GallagherActually, Mark, I've had the following thought for years and have even mentioned it on surveys I've taken:
Posted April 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM
A twin racing wooden coaster at Great Adventure, over the river and into the woods behind Nitro. Themed after the Jersey Devil (our urban legend version of Bigfoot,) it would use VH's Running With The Devil. I'd call it Race With The Devil, after an old 70's movie.
From Mark FairleighWith Peter Fonda and Warren Oates! One of my strongest movie memories from childhood...saw that at the theater. ;)
Posted April 28, 2012 at 7:40 PM
Runnin' With The Devil would be perfect for that. I can see cresting a hill as DLR sings, "...ain't got nobody waitin' at hooooooome"
From B HigginsIf you change the music in the rock n roll coaster..then you might as well change all the themed music rides...keep it the same and traditional
Posted May 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM
From TH CreativeAny band that sings a protest song that criticizes theme park resorts that charge their hotel guests for parking.
Posted May 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM
Or any band that sings about hippos!
From Manny RodriguezYeah AeroSmith Eat the Rich But i dont know About hippos :"(
Posted May 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM
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