This morning, a New York Times report about how the Disney Parks are expanding seems to suggest that Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is set to receive retheming.
UPDATE (11:42 a.m. EST): We reached out to Disney for confirmation on this story. They informed us that the New York Times report is inaccurate and have notified the publication.
UPDATE 2 (1:35 p.m. EST): The New York Times has now updated their site, including the map in question, with the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster re-theme removed:
The author of the piece also referenced the situation in a response to another Twitter user saying:
Disney insists it has no "current" plans.
Make of that what you want.
— Brooks Barnes (@brooksbarnesNYT) November 16, 2018
- In a section of the article detailing different projects currently in the works at Disney Parks around the world, the Disney’s Hollywood Studios edition notes one of the projects as “Re-themed roller coaster (overhauled)”
- Looking at the corresponding map, it seems that the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is the location of this overhaul.
- While rumors of a rethemed Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster have persisted for years, this seems to be the first confirmation we’ve had that a change is in the works.
- Meanwhile, Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris is preparing to say “au revoir” to their Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster as it prepares to receive Iron Man theming as part of that park’s larger Marvel injection.
- It’s unlikely that a clone of that coaster would end up in Hollywood Studios, however, as Universal Orlando holds the East Coast theme park rights to many Marvel properties.