After a brief refurbishment, this park icon is restored to its full glory!
Disney World Refurbishments
Attractions close for various reasons. Consistent malfunctions, touch ups, and other reasons may warrant a ride closure. Of course the work that needs completed will dictate how long it is closed. Sometimes, a ride doesn’t even need to close!
We saw this with Tower of Terror most recently. While outside work was completed, the ride would close in the morning but reopen later in the day. Additionally, Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster’s giant guitar needed some work. Probably just a paint job, and it did not require the attraction itself to close.
See our master list of refurbishments HERE.
Instead Disney placed a giant brown scrim around the outside. It looked…sad. Since Disney did not announce any work on the giant guitar, many wondered if the attraction was gone for good.
At the start date of this contract in 2022, Universal will own the rights to Aerosmith’s recorded music catalog. Not only that, but this includes future music releases, merchandise, and audio-visual content.
Disney will no longer hold any Aerosmith music or video rights once the contract ends in 2022. This is right around the corner, so now what? Disney has two options: deal with another contract with Universal, or completely change this popular attraction’s theming.
If Universal doesn’t want to negotiate, Disney has no choice but to change it.
The ugly brown scrim is officially down, and all signs of an Aerosmith guitar are still in place! This leads me (Monica) to believe this attraction will not be rethemed. Perhaps Disney and Universal were able to negotiate a new contract.
I think it’s a bit silly they waited until after the start of the 50th anniversary to cover it up and do a paint touch up, but they did just completely demolish Primeval Whirl so I guess it’s not completely out of the realm of possibilities.
Either way, the guitar is back!
Do you love Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster, or do you tend to skip it? Do you like the Aerosmith theme or wish Disney would change it? Let us know in the comments below and on Facebook.