Rockin Rollercoaster..How is it?

Monday, February 2, 2004 7:56 PM

I'm going to Florida :( much against my will (I hate warm weather) from Syracuse

We are only going for 4 days and 2 of those days we have to spend laying next to a beach

We're goin to 2 parks in Orlando and it turns out those 2 are Magic Kingdom and MGM.

Why? Well we went to Seaworld on our last trip (2 years ago), Animal Kingdom and Epcot ehh..(theres mission to space though :/ ) MGM good choice because my brother can go on both Rockin Rollercoaster and Tower of Terror. We were going to go to Islands of Adventure but he can't go on Hulk or Dueling Dragons and I really would feel bad (For a 7 year old going on Millennium Force and SROS without one comment about being scared, looking up at 2 (3) awesome beemers and not being able to hop aboard is a tragedy)

My brother wants to go on SPace mountain for some reason and because I honestly don't care where we go and it was a big deal to me I told him thats fine, and plus we can ride stuff together there.

Main quetion: Hows rockin rollercoaster? Smooth? Bumpy? Boring? Good? Worth it? Or should we go to Magic Kingdom and someplace else?


Monday, February 2, 2004 8:07 PM
Rough, it is Vekoma. The onboard sound system is cool though, and there are some pretty cool headchopper effects inside the building.
Monday, February 2, 2004 8:09 PM
I thought the ride was one of the smoothest vekoma rides that I have been on.
Monday, February 2, 2004 8:10 PM
I've been on the rockin roller coaster a buncha times, and its pretty cool, a really fast launch to like 60 in a couple seconds or somethin, i think there's like 4 inversions but its in the dark the whole ride so it's kinda hard to tell where they are. The layout of the track is very detailed with light up street signs and palm trees, and the hollywood sign, all very bright and noticeable, the ride length is kinda short but fun, and its not to bumpy, but not the smoothest, and throughout the whole ride theres music playing right fron the sholder restraints that you can hear loud and clear the whole time, i think that it was pretty fun with the speed and scenery and all, anyway its not one to miss.
Monday, February 2, 2004 8:39 PM
Dude, if you have ever been on JJ at SFA, FoF at PKI or PKD, or anything similar, you have pretty much rode RnR (is that how we abbrieviate it?). RnR is a great ride, but it's almost the exact same ride experience to those that I just mentioned, even though they were built by 2 different companies.

I've rode RnR a lot and never had a bumpy ride on it. It is very smooth and enjoyable.

MGM also has ToT (as you all ready know) which is great, but thoes 2 great rides are and the cool end of the day firework/parade/watershow is not worth the $52 imho.

poor kid-not tall enough to ride Hulk or DD. That would be torture to take him to IOA. On the other hand, they have a lot of very exciting rides that he can ride.

MK is a great choice though. What are you talking about-Space Mountain is a really, REALLY fun ride:>)

Monday, February 2, 2004 9:00 PM
I disagree with everyone. :) I know, there's a real change of pace.

I'll gladly go in your place to Florida because this 2.5x normal snow nonsense here in Northeast Ohio is killing me.

I thought the ride was fun and very smooth. The music is a neat touch too. Aside from the launch, I didn't think it was anything like the Premier rides (and in fact, JJ and the FoF's are all different for various reasons). RnR in some ways feels like a more continuous pace, not the meandering followed by insanity that the Premier model follows. It's fun, and it's next to Tower of Terror, so if you can find a good food stand nearby (toilets are in between the rides), you can stay there all day! Although the DDR machine, sadly, is at the other end of the park.

Monday, February 2, 2004 9:01 PM
my wife and i visited disneyworld for the first time in several years this summer.

i was very disappointed with the magic kingdom last july: dirty, poorly maintained rides, and poor customer service. honestly MK looked a little like a very nice six flags park.

mgm on the other hand was extremely enjoyable. the food was good, great rides, nice atmosphere. ToT4 was the best drop ride i've been on. the new program they are using on it keeps you in complete suspense on every single ride. it was awesome. the great movie ride was still good and so was star tours and other rides.

hopefully you'll enjoy MGM the same way we did and the magic kingdom much more than we did.

Monday, February 2, 2004 9:01 PM
I'm not one to take roughness at all, but I thought Rock N' Rollercoaster was just astounding. My sister and I rode it like 9 times in a row (the lines were short :) .. like no wait at all). I thought it was extremely smooth. And the scenery (like said above) is really awesome!! It acutally makes sense that they put this 'limo' (thats what the cars are designed to be) that peels wheels on the way to the 'show'. The street signs during the ride, etc are really awesome!! And if anyones scared about the inversions..dont be. My sister wouldn't come near an inverted coaster until we took her on that .. she didn't even recognize the inversions (unless you try hard!). Dont miss it!!!
Monday, February 2, 2004 9:23 PM
Come on, your going to Disney World!

ToT is by far the most amazing non coaster ride that I have been on, combine that with Fantasmic (which is breathtaking) and RnR and you have a great line up allready not to mention the more disney-type rides of Great Movie Ride (audio animatronics arent at every park you know) plus some of the live stage shows MGM is a very fun place to be.

As for the Magic Kingdom, you cant tell me that you didnt want to go there when you were a kid, I mean come on. My first trip there Space Mountain was closed (I was in kindergarden) and man was I upset and when I finally returned 11 years later I was pumped to ride it; its a wild mouse in the dark with a bunch of cool theming. It is a perfect example of what themeing does to a coaster it turns a mediocore (Space Mountain) and family (Thunder Mountain) into amazing experiences, the latter especially at night.

And thats just the coasters, yove got Splash Mountain one of the best flumes in existance, and the icons that are the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Carribean. After that youve got all the rides in Fantasyland to bring you back to your childhood dreams. Finally you get to end your day with the firework show over the castle, I mean seriously you cant get much better then that, talk about childhood dreams there geez.

There arent any parks like Disney, for allmost every park all you here is I want more flats and dark rides well here you can get your fill. Its all about attitude, I find people who walk into WDW expecting a horrible visit have one and those with open minds experience the magic.

I havent been in 5 years and am finally going back this summer (along with IOA, which I must admit does suck by the way cause thats an amazing park but MK is still better at least for me). Enjoy your time there because there are millions of people who would give there eye teeth to be in your shoes those days. Besides your going to be going on roller coasters in the middle of winter all of us northerners wont be able to do that again for another 4 months, lighten up please!

*sigh* ok rant over.

Monday, February 2, 2004 10:09 PM

Jeff said:

Although the DDR machine, sadly, is at the other end of the park.


Are there usually long lines for TOT/RnR

Monday, February 2, 2004 10:13 PM
It should be fun...bring back some GREAT memories from Magic Kingdom

Sure I'd rather be in Utah Skiing but thrill rides are fun too.

I've been worried that I 'won't get that cool feeling in my stomach' since I have ridden coasters to much..and i'm noticing when I go off jumps skiing its not anyfun at all anymore because the feeling is gone. But I guess tower of terror is a good way to test it out and see if drop rides are still fun...I used to LOVE them..hopefully I still will..

Monday, February 2, 2004 10:53 PM

"...with a bunch of cool theming."
And by "cool" he means if it were about 1975. :)
Tuesday, February 3, 2004 12:54 AM
Personally, RnRC is one of my favorite rides. It's got an awesome launch, it's really smooth (don't just say it's rough because it's a Vekoma. Are you aware that both US Space Mountains and both BTTMRRs are Vekmoa also?), and the music is an awesome touch.

The theming is kinda cheesy, but it's not supposed to be an immersive ride like it's 199' tall dark ride neighbor. It's supposed to be fun and a little surreal.

Tuesday, February 3, 2004 12:58 AM
Great theme, I love watching the train launch, it looks like a cartoon for some reason! I found it to vibrate a little, but having said that, it was Intamin-like smooth. I love the last corkscrew. The only thing I didn't like was that it had a little bit slow pacing in some parts.

Also watch the train come into the station! It comes in really fast and makes car sounds- it's freakin cool! :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2004 1:34 AM
I don't know how you could at all say that Rock 'n Rollercoaster is anything but silky smooth. It's sure as hell smoother than most of the B&Ms in Orlando.

Tuesday, February 3, 2004 9:16 AM
I loved RnR and I'm looking forward to riding it next month during our Disney vacation. I think the coaster is a good ride on its own, but the theming really adds to the experience.

As for the whole Disney argument, I very much enjoy the Disney experience. This will be my 6th trip to Mouseland. It will be even more exciting this time around as it will also be my son's first trip (he'll be 20 months) and also the first time we are staying at a Disney resort.

I also have to agree with Touchdown - Splash Mountain was a lot of fun. I was expecting a simple flume ride the first time I experienced it, but the ride went way beyond that.

*** Edited 2/3/2004 2:17:49 PM UTC by Gemini***

Tuesday, February 3, 2004 10:04 AM
I didn't think fantasmic was a great show. Good, yes, but great or breathtaking-hardly. The water mist that they project the cartoons on (such as the Fantasia water scene) is crappy compared to the water display at IOA's Poseidon's Fury. It is a good show to see, try not to miss it, but it isn't a fantastic show by far.

RnR is a great ride at Disney-it brought a lot of thrill to the park, as it was the first looping ride at the WDW parks. Its theming is great, and the launch is fun. The blacklight effect on SoCal inside is amazing, and the first time I rode it I was very impressed. I get a little pop of air everytime I crest the small hill entering the final break run.

Tuesday, February 3, 2004 10:12 AM
Anone who thinks RnR is at all rough is just judging by the name Vekoma and not the actual ride experience. It was one of the smoothest coasters I have ever ridden.

I hope you fully enjoy both Disney/MGM Studios and the Magic Kingdom. They are both great parks. Don't pass up anything at the Magic Kingdom because it is not a 'thrill ride.' The attractions there are varied and entertaining all around. My favorites are Splash Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, and Peter Pan's Flight are classics. Also, don't miss The Carousel of Progress, a rare gem developed by Walt Disney himself as one of the first audio-animatronic shows/rides. The new fireworks show, "Wishes," at the Magic Kingdom is incredible with unique fireworks displays from all around the castle, and it is beautifully choreographed with the music. Look out for Tinkerbell too.

Tuesday, February 3, 2004 11:29 AM
Count me in as one that finds the coaster very smooth. MGM must have done something special with that ride as the other two versions aren't as smooth, yet, they have the same exact layout.

The line will move quick as they can run at least 4 trains on it at once. When you are on one of the last sections of the ride, look up and you may see a train going through the first two inversions. That's dispatching for you!


Tuesday, February 3, 2004 5:57 PM
Jeff I have yet to see a space theme on a ride that doesnt look like the 70s and since that was the era of major moon missions it sort of fits. The part I was refering to as "cool" was the way they put all those glow in the dark dots on the structure and roof to make it look like you are zooming by tons of stars, the other stuff you only see for a second anyways.

As for the Posideon vs Fantasmic water screens. I think that Posideon's Water Screens are better then Fantasmic's because its not outside (where it would have to deal with wind) and they are much smaller and seen straight on (as opposed to the downward angle at Fantasmic) and seen from a closer distance. The screens are not what makes the show though for me it is definatly the finale when Mickey does a live action version of the dream he has in Fantasia, it just leaves you thinking wow and you have that theme stuck in your head for days (not in the annoying way).

I believe that both the layout and themeing (obviously) were done by Imagineers for the two mountains but the rides systems fabrication and trains (minus the locomotive car in Thunder Mt.) came from Arrow. *** Edited 2/3/2004 10:58:29 PM UTC by Touchdown***


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