This Video Shows Exactly How Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Works, According to Disney Engineers

If you’ve ever wondered how roller coasters work, Disney’s newest video is for you.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Rockin' Roller Coaster
Photo: Courtesy of Disney

This week, the Disney Parks Blog unveiled the science behind one of Disney World’s most exciting attractions, Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Since opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in 1999, this indoor coaster has thrilled thousands of guests with its launch start that goes from 0 to 57 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds. With several inversions and a rock soundtrack from Aerosmith, this ride is a fan favorite, and now, you can learn how it works.

In a new video, Disney mechanical engineers Angel and Josh take viewers behind the scenes so you can see how this ride works. In order to create the fast launch at the start of the ride, the engineers use a magnetic system to propel the stretch limo cars.

This video will fascinate all theme park fans, but it’s especially great for kids interested in science, math, and technology. Disney has even created an activity to go along with this video so you can build your own coaster launch with items you probably already have around the house. It’s fun for all ages, but this is a great activity to engage your kids in STEM while they’re doing school work from home.

If you’ve never ridden Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster before, here’s a video so you know what to expect:

Looking for more educational activities you can do at home? Disney recently partnered with The Khan Academy to create the free “Imagineering in a Box” course. Through a series of online classes, you can uncover Imagineering secrets from actual Disney Imagineers and learn how themed lands are developed and rides are created.

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