Hollywood Studios Rock N Roller Coaster

Attraction – Rock N Roller Coaster

Age of Child – 5 Years

Experience – My son has gotten quite brave in the past year with his want for trying attractions.  When he was 4, I had taken him on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the thought that the ride was not much more daring than the former Disney World Toontown’s Goofy’s Barnstormer.  However, it became quickly apparent that I was wrong as my son began to scream, “I hate this ride” right from the start.

This year when we visited during the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, my son decided he wanted to ride Space Mountain.  I was a complete wreck as we stood in line.  Be sure to read here for more about that fun.

So, on this past vacation to Disney, my husband thought that if my son could brave Space Mountain, why not tackle the Rock N Roller Coaster.  We explained the ride to him, detailing the take off and what to expect once inside.  He was brave, not even showing that he was a bit nervous or cared that he was about to have a new experience.

We walked right in, having a fastpass for the attraction, and watched the opening show.  He was happy to get to see the pre-show and to experience the excitement there.  Once we walked into the boarding area, we showed him the coaster taking off at 60 mph.  As we headed to our individual loading areas, I could see that he was getting nervous.  I nearly told my husband that our son and I would just take the chicken exit and see him at the end.  My husband then assured me and our son that he would love the attraction.  So we boarded…

My husband and son sat in front of me.  As we sat in our seats, I began to analyze our seating position in the limousine, the last 2 available seat rows.  I began to think of how roller coasters work, with the fastest “feeling” seats in the back of the coaster and began to panic.  I told my son to be sure to hold his head back as we took off.  But then told him to hold it forward after we were inside, after the initial take off.  I sounded chaotic to him, I am sure but not sitting with him, I felt detached.

As we went through the ride, I had no idea whether he loved it or hated it.  It was not until we were at the end that I knew.  My son stepped out of the limousine and sobbed that he did not like the ride.  He was shaking from fear.

Needless to say, it will be a while before he tries this attraction again.

I advise that if you have a young child that wants to try this attraction to wait to get in the front portion of the vehicle.  It will help it feel not as fast.  Also, be sure to discuss the details of what the child should expect.  In the end, my son did say he was glad he had tried to ride the coaster but wanted to wait until he was older to ride it again.

Grade – F

7 comments for “Hollywood Studios Rock N Roller Coaster

  1. Beth Green
    25 December, 2011 at 12:35 am

    🙁 I hate reading about experiences like this! Maybe he won’t be scarred too long! RnR is one of my favorites!

  2. Shawna
    11 January, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you for the heads up! I’m taking my 7 & 11 year olds for their first time and I know they have a little fear of coasters right now. They’ve never been on one.

    • 12 January, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Your children are quite older, so perhaps they will be fine. Funny, we leave tomorrow morning for Disney and my son said he was not riding ANY roller coasters. Oh, well. There is no way this will last. He loved Space Mountain too much! Perhaps you should try the Animal Kingdom coaster first with them, Expedition Everest. That is probably the next step down from this attraction. Thanks for reading!

  3. 24 January, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Sorry to hear about your son’s experience. I know my 8 year old finally was tall enough this time around to ride about everything. We had her try everything and even though some rides she said she did not like the first time…. once she decided to brave them again she started liking them more each time she tried them again. I am sure once your son gets older he will have a better experience and also be able to know his own limitations as he matures. Great post! It shows how we as parents need to help our kids learn to experience and try things while being sensitive them as well.

    • 26 January, 2012 at 9:49 am

      I am sure he will try it again. I will say that since he rode this, the adventuous side of my son has disappeared. He only wants to ride the kiddie rides now. I think his need for speed will kick in again though:)

    • 6 February, 2012 at 5:39 am

      we’ve tried getting our 8yr old to at least try everything once and if he honestly didn’t like it for whatever reason we won’t ask him to do it again unless it is his choice but so far no luck 🙁

  4. 6 February, 2012 at 5:37 am

    We tricked our 8yr old into getting on this…its not that fast, no it doesnt go upside down, etc. Lord when he asked the CM as we were about to board if it went upside down we franticly shook our heads no so he got the point and agreed with us. Needless today it was an epic fail. Our son is so strange that he’ll be totally fearless at one thing but so scared of another. Sadly it really does put a damper on our trips because we can’t enjoy all the rides together as a family. When he was younger we’d always do the ‘baby swap’ that they offer but now he just hangs out at the exit gift shops mostly, or if there’s a ride he wants to do alone that’s nearby we’ll let him do that and he waits at that exit for us to come to him. We’ve tried the being honest approach and the trickery approach, nothing helps, once he has it in his head that he won’t like something that’s that. I sure hope he grows out of it 🙁

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