Longtime Disney World curler coaster to quickly shut in 2023

(NEXSTAR) – The curler coaster choice at Disney World can be a bit much less “rockin’” in 2023.

Walt Disney World has confirmed that the Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster — formally referred to as the Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster Starring Aerosmith — will quickly shutter for refurbishment starting Feb. 20, 2023.

The indoor journey, situated at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will reopen throughout the summer time, Walt Disney World confirmed on its web site.

The Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster has been in operation at Disney World since 1999. Riders play the a part of VIP visitors being whisked off to an Aerosmith live performance, with the band’s songs pumping of their “limousines” as they fly down the observe at speeds of as much as 57 miles per hour. Aerosmith additionally seems in a pre-recorded section proven to visitors earlier than the journey.

A model of the Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster beforehand operated at Disneyland Paris between 2002 and 2019, as properly.

A consultant for Disney World was not instantly accessible to touch upon what the Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster’s refurbishment would entail. The upcoming modifications, nonetheless, wouldn’t be the primary for the journey in recent times: In 2016, Disney World digitally changed considered one of Steven Tyler’s hand gestures within the pre-recorded section, reportedly as a result of it resembled a gesture related to a intercourse act, the Related Press reported on the time.

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer poses with a costumed Disney World forged member in entrance of the Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster at Walt Disney World in 2011. (Diana Zalucky/Disney through Getty Photographs)

The Rock ‘n’ Curler Coaster isn’t the one journey scheduled to shut in 2023. Earlier this month, Disney World confirmed that Splash Mountain will shut in January for “reimagining,” with plans to reopen as Tiana’s Bayou Journey — a flume journey themed after the 2009 Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog” — in late 2024.