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Accessible Attractions – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

February 7, 2012

So this is how it happened. I noticed on the guide that Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster has both an accessible ride vehicle and a practice vehicle like Expedition Everest. So on our last day at Walt Disney World we decided to go check out the practice vehicle so I could write a post about it. We get to the area out front and run into the family of a fellow Disney blogger (Hi Heidi!). While I am talking to them Drew goes to ask the Cast Member working at the Fastpass line where the practice vehicle is. He comes back and tells me that they actually have a way for me to get on the ride.

Me: We just came to look at the test vehicle not to actually ride it.
Drew: Well the test vehicle is inside, you have to go through the line to get to it.
Me: So I’m going to actually have to ride it.
Drew: Yup (Huge grin on his face by the way.)
Me: Colorful word that I will not share but needless to say I was freaking out.

Now here is where I start hearing that Disney coasters aren’t that bad, blah, blah, blah. I used to love roller coasters but the fact was that other than my recent experience with Expedition Everest and rides on Big Thunder Mountain, I hadn’t been on a real roller coaster in years. And I am calling Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster real because it goes upside down people, upside down. The things I do for this blog.

So here is how it goes. You go through the regular queue or through the Faspass line like we did. Once you get into the loading area tell a Cast Member that you want to take a look at the practice vehicle and you want to get on the ride in the exit area. Once you get to the front where normally you would get onto the ride a Cast Member will take you to a hallway.

The practice vehicle is in the hallway. You can check everything out to make sure that you can get in and out. If you think you can the Cast Member will take you to the exit area.

If you think you need a little extra help you can use a transfer device. I used it and it made the transition in and out so much easier. Its basically a small stool that hooks onto the side of the ride vehicle. I went from my chair, to the stool, then onto the side of the ride vehicle, and then to the seat inside. There is also a handle on the front of the ride vehicle that you can use to steady yourself and to use to get out once the ride is over.

Since I don’t have use of my legs I was a little worried about the whole upside down thing. The ride vehicle is pretty deep so my legs felt secure and I felt comfortable the entire ride. Before we pulled back up to where everyone else loads the Cast Member asked if we wanted to ride twice. I have no idea why I said yes but I did. But you know what, I loved it!

Getting out was a little more difficult so Drew helped a bit but I was still able to do most of it on my own. I do want to mention that the Cast Members at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster were awesome. They explained the entire process so well and made me feel so comfortable about the whole thing. They were super patient when I was getting in and out that I felt no pressure to hurry. So I just want to say thank you to them for making what started out as a scary experience into something I can’t wait to to again.

  • Carla Grieco
    February 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Wow! That’s really good to know. How come they don’t advertise that more? Have been on twice and never saw it used.

  • Katie Harbison-Diley
    February 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    This is the one ride I have yet to try. Maybe next time

  • Anonymous
    February 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I use to ride the coaster all the time before I had my daughter. Getting in was never any problem, but getting out was. I didn’t know they have that stool there. It was never offered to me, so maybe that is a new thing. Which is a good thing. now I will try it again this yr. This is my favorite ride. Do you know if they have the stool thing at Splash Mountain too. Same thing getting in is easy it’s the getting out that is hard. With no use of legs too!