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Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Closing for Long Refurbishment in 2023

Refurbishment season at Walt Disney World is in the air again, and this time, one of the most popular rides at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is closing for a long refurbishment in 2023.

Hollywood Studios Genie+ Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Guitar

From time to time Disney needs to close down its rides in order to service them and give them the maintenance they need. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster in Disney’s Hollywood Studios will close on February 20, 2023, for what is going to be a multi-month refurb.

Right now Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is expected to reopen in the Summer of 2023, but Disney has not given a specific date at this time. We are still too far away to get a reopening date as way too many things can happen to delay the project.

In fact, Disney is notorious for giving reopening dates for attraction refurbishments and then postponing the date to a later time. To us, Summer 2023 sounds very vague, so it would not surprise us if it was extended until after that.

We know that rumors of Disney removing Aerosmith from the ride and retheming it to some Disney IP have been going on for years now. Though Aerosmith was very popular when the ride first opened in 1998, it’s no secret that they are not exactly the most popular group with today’s young people.

Fastest Roller Coaster at Disney World Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

In fact, many fans are hoping for a complete overhaul of the ride. Could some other Disney IP be moving in its place?

Our guess is probably not right now. Disney has not mentioned exactly what work they are doing on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and there is no word of it being anything except regular maintenance. These types of refurbishments are normal in Walt Disney World and are necessary to keep the rides running properly.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Disney World Roller Coasters

What we are most worried about is how this will affect wait times in Hollywood Studios. This is already one of the parks with the fewest rides and longest wait times. Removing one of the most popular rides is not going to help. After this news, we expect Spring Break and Easter 2023 to be even more crowded than usual at Hollywood Studios.

We’ll be sure to update you with more details on the project as soon as they are released, especially if there is something new coming to the ride.

Pre-Show area for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

This is just one of many refurbishments Disney has announced in recent weeks as we also found out that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is closing in January 2023, as well as Kali River Rapids in January 2023.

Also, the Walt Disney World Railroad just reopened in December 2022. It’s been closed for 4 years to make room for the TRON roller coaster which is still under construction. It’s nice to finally have it back at least!

In EPCOT, the American Adventure attraction also just reopened after being closed for a few months for a regular maintenance.

Mickey Mouse driving the Walt Disney World Railroad Magic Kingdom

We’ll keep you updated on the refurbishment of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and let you know if there are any big changes to announce. Check out our Walt Disney World refurbishments page for more details on all the closures and stay tuned here at Ziggy Knows Disney for more…

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Thursday 5th of January 2023

Hi my name is Tenley and personally I am going to be very sad Rockin’ roller coaster is going to be down same for my dad we both love that ride it is definitely in the top three!!! We are coming June 24- July 8th. Do you think it will be open then it is my last year before college 😞


Saturday 31st of December 2022

oh no! We love, love the rockin' roller coaster and will be arriving at Disney on Feb 24, 2023 with my daughter's fiance who has never been. Couldn't they have waited one more week! Obviously, they forgot to check with us on the timing of this closing.... guess we'll have to bring him back another time!


Thursday 5th of January 2023

@Amy, oh dang one more week I’m so sorry hope you guys can go back. It’s gonna be awhile for me due to prices and limited time I will have off 😞