Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is favorite for many. And the good news is there is a way for wheelchair users to transfer so they can experience this attraction. It’s not the easiest but it’s worth giving it a try. We’re going to share what to expect and a little about the transfer process.
Location: Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Height Requirement: 48in (122cm) or taller
Accessibility: Must transfer to the ride vehicle. ECV users will transfer to a standard wheelchair, and then to ride vehicle
Who Should Ride: Thrill seekers
I was soooo nervous the first time I experienced this attraction.I noticed on the guide that Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster has both an accessible ride vehicle and a practice vehicle like Expedition Everest. My original plan was to ask to just take photos of the ride vehicle and skip the attraction itself. I was a little (or maybe a lot) afraid. But we hit a snag. Unlike Expedition Everest, the practice vehicle is inside. That meant if we only took photos we would wait in line anyways. That fact and also finding out there was a transfer device changed things. I decided to give it a try but let me tell you, I was freaking out on the inside!
You go through the regular queue or the FastPass+ queue. There is a preshow and then you enter the loading area for the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Once you get to a Cast Member let them know you want to see the test vehicle and load at the exit of the attraction.
They will guide you to a back hallway that leads to the exit area. This is where the test vehicle is located. Take your time and figure out the best way for you to get in.
The door on the side will lift up. They can also leave it down if you would rather transfer that way. If you use the door you can also use a transfer device. Just keep in mind how deep the seat is when you make the decision.
I used the transfer device and it made the transition in and out so much easier for me. It is a stool that hooks onto the side of the ride vehicle. I went from my wheelchair, 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 get out once the ride is over.
One concern for me was the fact that Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster goes upside down. The ride vehicle is pretty deep so my legs felt secure and I felt comfortable the entire ride.
Getting out was more difficult. I was still able to do most of it on my own but Andrew helped a little. 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.