My Top Five Rock Bands to Replace Aerosmith on “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster”

Aerosmith’s time with Disney may be coming to an end. According to Theme Park Tourist, “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will close on February 20, 2023 for refurbishment and as of right now, will reopen in summer 2023. It’s not like “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster” is the first attraction to be closed for refurbishment, so what’s the big deal? Well, due to a recent lawsuit filed against Aerosmith’s lead vocalist Steven Tyler, rumors have circulated that Disney is looking for a way out of their contract with the band and to begin plans for a retheme. 

Personally, I love “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith” because I’m a huge fan of thrill rides! To top it off, I love classic rock, so the coaster combines two of my favorite things into one. I’m not the biggest Aerosmith fan, but the coaster features some catchy tunes such as “Back in the Saddle,” “Sweet Emotion,” and “Dude (Looks Like a Lady).” I rode “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster” a lot on my Disney College Program and it never failed to disappoint me!

Though I have a love-hate relationship with change, I’m not against the idea of retheming the coaster. Some Disney fans have suggested a Powerline retheme, based on A Goofy Movie (1995). Powerline would be cool, but I was thinking of retheming it based on a different well-known rock band (that has not caused controversy). It can be a similar format to “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith,” where riders take a journey across Los Angeles in a “super stretched” limo to attend a concert by the band. Just with a different band, of course.

But, who would be ideal candidates to replace Aerosmith on “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster”? Keep on reading to find out my top five rock bands I have in mind! 

5. Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi would be an excellent band to replace Aerosmith because their music is featured in the ride’s queue. While waiting in the ridiculously long line, classic rock songs play through the speakers to keep guests occupied. I’ve heard “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and “You Give Love a Bad Name” play multiple times throughout my nine (almost 10) months in Florida. Bon Jovi is one of those bands where you either love them or hate them; a lot of people do love them, though. Some songs I have in mind for a Bon Jovi themed coaster are “Living on a Prayer,” “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” “It’s My Life,” “Born to Be My Baby,” and “Raise Your Hands.”

4. The Rolling Stones

According to, Disney originally wanted The Rolling Stones to be the main attraction for “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.” However, their asking price of $10 million was too much to handle, the article continued. If things shall end with Aerosmith, however, maybe The Rolling Stones and Disney could compromise on a more reasonable price, given how much time has passed since the coaster first opened to the public. Some songs I have in mind for a Rolling Stones themed coaster are “Gimme Shelter,” “Start Me Up,” “Rip This Joint,” “Don’t Stop,” and “If You Can’t Rock Me.”

3. Led Zeppelin

Years after they disbanded, Led Zeppelin are still one of the biggest bands of rock ‘n’ roll. They are beloved by both younger and older generations of people. I’ve seen kids wear Led Zeppelin shirts to the theme parks; they’re that big! They played many different styles such as blues rock, hard rock, folk rock, and funk rock. Some songs I have in mind for a Led Zeppelin themed coaster are “Immigrant Song,” “Trampled Under Foot,” “Achilles Last Stand,” “Black Dog,” and “Rock and Roll.”

2. AC/DC

When I went to the theme parks, I saw Led Zeppelin shirts, The Rolling Stones shirts, and even AC/DC shirts. Just like Bon Jovi, AC/DC is one of those bands where you either love them or hate them. Despite what you think of them, their music was made to be played loud and proud. Some songs I have in mind for an AC/DC themed coaster are “Snowballed,” “Highway to Hell,” “If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It),” “Thunderstruck,” and “Stiff Upper Lip.”

1. Queen

I didn’t see many kids wearing Queen shirts throughout my Disney College Program, but in my humble opinion, Queen would be the perfect replacement for Aerosmith on “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.” They’re a well-known rock band, they haven’t caused any controversy, the band members are such loveable guys, and their music is timeless. Thanks to the film Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Queen’s music was exposed to a whole new generation of fans and their popularity has continued to grow by the minute. Some songs I have in mind for a Queen themed coaster are “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Sheer Heart Attack,” “Stone Cold Crazy,” “Hammer to Fall,” and “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

There you have it, people! Those are my top five rock bands who would be excellent replacements for Aerosmith on “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.” 

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Did I miss any of your favorite bands? Comment below a few rock bands you think would be great replacements for Aerosmith on “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster” in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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    1. That would be cool too…if Disney finds a way to get those artists’ permission to use their songs in the ride. Then again, they already have a lot of different rock songs in the waiting queue, so it’s not impossible for Disney to do.

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