High School Musical Ride Replacing Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith has been a staple at Hollywood Studios since its debut in 1999. It’s currently the only looping roller coaster at Disney World. However, due to contractual issues with Aerosmith, the ride will permanently close and be rethemed. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is set to be replaced by “High School Musical: The Final Show”.

High School Musical ride replacing Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
High School Musical ride replacing Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

The current contract with Aerosmith is set to expire soon. The band has been the face of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster since opening in 1999. However, as the band members age and move on to other projects, Disney is shifting the theme to a more current and relevant franchise. The new High School Musical roller coaster will bring much-needed newness to the park.

The Controversial Decision

The decision to retheme the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster has been met with mixed reactions from Disney World enthusiasts. Many guests are excited to see the beloved High School Musical franchise finally get a ride. However, others are outraged that one of the most popular thrill rides at Disney World is being destroyed. They feel that the move is a desperate attempt by Disney to capitalize on the success of High School Musical, which has been a cultural phenomenon since its debut in 2006.

High School Musical ride coming to Hollywood Studios
High School Musical ride coming to Hollywood Studios. Photo via @Pixie-Dust Youtube

Disney is defending the decision. They claim the retheming of the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is part of their ongoing effort to keep the park fresh and exciting for guests of all ages. They point out that the High School Musical franchise is incredibly popular with younger audiences. Because of this, the new ride is expected to be a hit with families and fans alike. This is much like how Disney is retheming Seven Dwarfs Mine Train to Encanto as we reported here. They want to keep their theme park rides relevant.

Aerosmith fans are disappointed to see the band’s presence diminished at Disney World. However, it’s clear that the new High School Musical theme will be a hit with a new generation of fans. The retheming will be a breath of fresh air for the ride, which has been the same for over two decades. It’s also worth noting that Disney attempted to retheme the ride to Olivia Rodrigo as we reported here. However, that has since been scrapped due to outrage.

What We Know About Disney’s New High School Musical Ride

According to reports, the newly rethemed ride will feature a variety of High School Musical-themed elements, including music, props, and costumes. The queue line will be decorated to resemble East High School. Guests will walk through the gym, auditorium, and lunchroom in the queue. It will essentially be a tour of the school. Also, guests will have the opportunity to take photos with life-sized cutouts of their favorite High School Musical characters.

New High School Musical: The Final Show ride coming soon
New High School Musical: The Final Show ride coming soon. Photo via Disney

The ride will take guests on a journey through the chaos of East High School. Your mission is to make it to the final performance of Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez. However, there is a championship basketball game and academic decathlon interfering with your plans. Create madness and cause confusion so you can successfully make it to the opening night of the long-awaited performance, featuring “Breaking Free” and “We’re All in This Together” as the finale.

The new High School Musical ride will follow the exact same track as Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster does now. However, the theming, visuals, music, and ride car will all be different. In fact, the ride car will be modeled after Sharpay’s hot pink car from High School Musical 2.

New ride vehicle for Rock n Roller Coaster retheme
New ride vehicle for Rock n Roller Coaster retheme. Photo via Disney

While some fans are disappointed by the retheming of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Disney is committed to creating fresh and exciting rides for guests of all ages. There’s also a heavy push behind Disney Channel originals. We recently saw this with the announcement of The Tipton Hotel coming to Disney World as we reported here. With so many new experiences and attractions on the horizon, it is an exciting time to be a Disney World fan.

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1 month ago

lol this is such so unsourced and lacks any level of fact. mine train opened less than ten years ago, and snow white has been part of disney for more than 100 years— what evidence do you have to prove they’re going out with snow and in with encanto? oh, none. if you’re going to spend this much time writing an article and put up this many ads, the least you could do is put in ONE true piece of information. i’ll never read this site again.