See Disney’s Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster With Lights on in Viral TikTok

  • A viral TikTok video shows what Disney’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster looks like with the lights on.
  • The video appears to be a reupload of footage originally uploaded to YouTube in 2013. 
  • “Lights on” videos of dark rides is a popular genre of online theme park content. 

Disney World’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is an Aerosmith-fueled, neon-laced race through the dark.

But one viral TikTok shows how bizarre the ride looks when all of its lights stay on.

The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is a fast-paced ride located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park in Orlando, Florida. According to its premise, Aerosmith, late to a concert across town after a recording session, invites riders along with them in a fast-paced journey across Los Angeles. The journey, however, notably takes place entirely in the dark, with only neon signs lighting the way.

A viral TikTok from a behind-the-scenes parks account, @everythingdisney133, shows what the ride looks like with the lights on, making for a much more eerie — and much less immersive — experience. 

The video, which currently has 1.2 million likes and 9.8 million views, appears to not be original. It matches a video uploaded to the YouTube channel O Forbes in November 2013, seemingly by metalworkers testing the train, according to the video’s title and description. The footage was later popularized in 2019 by another YouTube channel, ProjectSunset, which credits the O Forbes channel for the footage. 

Dark rides build immersive, indoor experiences and typically guide riders along a track in some sort of vehicle, The Los Angeles Times reported. There’s a subgenre of theme park content online dedicated to demystifying these rides with lights-on footage. 

On TikTok, viewers were enraptured, and in some cases, horrified. 

“Disney rides with lights on that aren’t supposed to have lights on horrify me for some reason,” one TikToker wrote in the comments of the post. 

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