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When To Take Your Kids on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

By Pink Diva

One of the best roller coasters in Walt Disney World is located in Hollywood Studies.  This ride is fast, dark and exciting.  You follow an iconic band on their way to a gig in Los Angeles.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, its Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.

This is one of my husbands and my favorite rides.  Our kids, 6 and 8, rode it for the first time this fall.  They have started to like the faster rides more and more and we decided it was time they conquer Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

There are a few things you need to know before you take your kids on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.  First, it’s pretty dark.  Not as dark as Space Mountain, as Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster has neon signs throughout the ride.  If your child is scared of the dark, this probably isn’t the best ride for them.  Second, it goes FAST.  The ride goes from 0 to 57 mph (92 km/h) in less than 2.8 seconds at the beginning of the ride.  This makes for a great photo since your picture is taken during these few seconds.  Third, the ride goes upside down and corkscrews.  If your kid doesn’t do well with upside-down rides you may want to skip this.

When to take your kids on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

This was their first ride. I LOVE their faces.

When to take your kids on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

We were more prepared the second time around.

You need to be 48 inches tall (122 cm) to ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.  Along with the height requirement you also need to be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.   Guests of certain body shapes or sizes may have difficulties with seating and restraints on this attraction.

Our daughter, who is eight, loves riding roller coasters.  She has done Space Mountain and while she kept her eyes closed through most of it, she said she loved it.  She didn’t like Everest.  We rode it at night and it was pretty dark.  She did say she would try it again during the day, but we haven’t tried it yet.  Her favorite ride since she was little is The Barnstormer.  She rides it with her hands in the air the whole time.

Our son, who is six, is beginning to really enjoy going fast.  Test Track and Big Thunder Mountain are two of his favorites.  When we told him Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster was a super fast ride, he was ready to try it.  He doesn’t like the dark though.  He still won’t ride Space Mountain since it is a single-rider vehicle.  If he could ride next to one of us, I think he would be willing to go on it.

When to take your kids on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

She thought it was a lot of and not scary at all!

When to take your kids on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

We randomly measured our son, who is six, and he was over 48 inches tall.  We had been waiting for this for a while.  The next day we headed out to Hollywood Studios.  We told both kids we were going to ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.  They were excited, if not a little scared.  We had a FastPass for early evening.  We did a few things around the park and headed over.

It was not a busy night, so there was no waiting with or without the FastPass.  We walked right up to the front.  We did tell the kids it would be dark on the ride.  We said it would go really fast at the beginning.  They asked if it went upside down.  We completely downplayed it and told them it did, but it was fast and they wouldn’t even realize it.

The kids were nervous, but exciting since this is one of the “Big Rides”.  We get seated, buckled up, and the ride takes off.  I’m seated next to our son, my husband is next to our daughter in front of us.  As soon as we are done with the first upside down part, I hear my son yell, “this is awesome!”  I couldn’t see him next to me, but I had my hand on his leg and he was completely relaxed.

We finished the ride and asked the kids how they liked it.  They LOVED it!  They asked if we could ride it again.  That’s exactly what we did.  We hoped back in line and rode it again.  While they wanted to go a third time, we needed to get to Fantasmic!  Now, every time we go to Hollywood Studios they ask to ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

We opted to wait until the kids were ready and not just tall enough for them to try it for the first time.  If one of them was scared or didn’t want to go, we wouldn’t have pushed them.  We want them to enjoy the ride and others like it.  We don’t want to scare them and have them not want to try it again.  You know your child best.  You will know if they are truly ready or not.  If you decide to have them ride it you will probably get some of the best ride pictures!  The looks on both my kids’ faces are priceless.  They looked scared out of their minds.  Every time I look at these photos I will remember how excited they and proud they were the first time they rode Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

I've been going to Disney most of my life on vacations, but thanks to the Air Force we now live within driving distance! We bought annual passes before the boxes were unpacked. My husband and I have enjoyed watching our princess obsessed 4 year old and Mickey-loving toddler experince the Disney Magic. When not at Disney you can find me attepting to be crafty, trying to read a book or wrangling the two kids, two dogs and two cats.