Disney’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is designed to immerse its riders into the music of Aerosmith. The Imagineers were able to create a place where music goes from a purely auditory medium to one that incorporates all the senses. The riders sit down into “limos” and speed through the streets listening to Aerosmith. The experience is heightened by, not only, the speed but also the vast array of neon lights as well. When the Imagineers first created the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster it was their first ride to include 3 inversions and a high-speed launch in any Disney park.

The launching mechanism of the ride mirrors the operating mechanisms of the Shikansen, or Bullet Train, of Japan. Using high-powered opposed electromagnets (one attached to the track and another attached to the “limos” themselves), the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is able to accelerate from 0 – 57 mph in exactly 2.8 seconds. As the riders enter the first inversion, they experience 5 G’s of force (compared to astronauts who feel 3 G’s of force in a space shuttle at lift-off). At other turns and inversions, the riders experience 4 G’s of force. This mix of massive thrill and great music is what makes the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster a completely memorable experience. The development of this technology helped in the mechanisms for Mission: SPACE.

The Imagineers adapted such advanced technology to a theme-park attraction in order to create a space of heightened sensory experience. Just as music breaks sensory barriers in the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, the Disney Imagineers broke certain sensory barriers when they created this ride. Sound becomes something you can experience physically with your entire body and not just your ears. The Imagineers were able to develop technology that was specifically designed to heighten the rider experience. The fusion of music, visual images (neon signs), and the feeling of speed, gives the rider an experience they can never forget.

This picture is of a “limo” being launched by the electromagnetic catapult called an LSM catapult:

To read more interesting facts about the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster visit the website: http://www.rocknrollercoaster.com/secrets.

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