Once upon a time, there was this attraction at Disney World called, The Rock n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Actually, it’s still in the park right now — Hollywood Studios, to be specific — so if you’re in the Orlando area right now, you can go and ride it. But if you go and ride it, one thing about it is going to be different.
Are the ride vehicles different? Does the attraction now pipe in music that isn’t Aerosmith? Is there no longer a gift shop at the end? Do they no longer take your picture on the ride?? Don’t worry, all of these things remain the same. What’s changed is a lot smaller, and barely noticeable — unless you’re an eagle-eyed Disney fan who is known for spotting brand new things in the parks. Disney has digitally altered one of Steven Tyler’s fingers.
As our story goes, during the pre-show of Rock n’ Roller Coaster, Aerosmith frontman Tyler has placed his hand on his forehand, and made the “shocker” hand gesture, and it’s one that has a negative, sexual connotation [Aside: okay, but honestly, tbh friends, I’ve seen the Rock n’ Roller Coaster pre-show literally hundreds of times, and I’ve never picked up on this before. End aside]. Not wanting to showcase this hand gesture to the world, Disney decided that it was time to change it, and recently, digitally altered Tyler’s fingers so his palm is now completely outstretched, no hand gesture to be seen.
The only thing is…Disney made this change 17 years later.
Rock n’ Roller Coaster has been in Hollywood Studios since 1999. This hand gesture has been there the whole time. It’s not that people are upset that suddenly this well-known ~moment~ is gone from the Rock n’ Roller coaster pre-show. People are upset it’s been there for 17 years and Disney just got around to changing it now.
While we totally see and understand Disney’s reasoning for changing the pre-show…it is kinda funny that it took them 17 years to get around to doing this. We’re not sure exactly what promoted Disney to make the change almost two decades later, and we’ll probably never know. The Rock n’ Rollercoaster pre-show will never be the same, but also, you might not even realize it’s different to begin with.