As a seasoned Annual Passholder, it’s the little nuances of the parks and their attractions that I find to be most charming. When there are updates and alterations, it can be quite heartbreaking to notice that something so small that once gave me joy is now gone forever. By far one of my favorite experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the pre-show before riding Aerosmith’s Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster. This pre-show is what dreams are made of: a recording studio filled with lava lamps, backstage passes, a ride in a super-stretch limo, and of course, Aerosmith’s brilliant acting. And by acting I mean let’s just allow them to say whatever the hell they want and go with it. Even when it’s ridiculous.
Point #1: When Joe Perry asks, “Chris, can you grab my black Les Paul?” he uses the mic to talk into the sound booth, as where we assume Chris is since we see him walk out of the scene at the beginning of the pre-show. But then IMMEDIATELY Chris is handing over the guitar! If someone can approach you that quickly, why are you using the mic in the first place? Why?! The dude is literally standing right next to you!
Side note: When the attraction first opened, a cast member in the pre-show area would pick up and remove a black guitar signed by Joe Perry from the set, but if you can digitally alter fingers on Steven Tyler (see below) then you could’ve fixed this in the beginning!
Point #2: Joe Perry again! He expresses, “C’mon, you know how we feel about our fans.” I’m sorry, Joe, but I’m pretty sure Steven is the only one who gives a rock ‘n’ roller coaster about the fans since you and the rest of the band were hurrying your asses outside to the limo. Fortunately for the fans, Steven actually cares about us.
Point #3: Steven Tyler and his glorious deliverance of “Wait a minute, I love that idea.” The first time I experienced this, I was that annoying girl laughing obnoxiously loud. I don’t know if it’s the way he says it (because c’mon, we know he’s high on something, so he like, really, really loves it) or it’s the dumb hand gesture he makes (resembling the “shocker”). It’s all just ridiculous and I absolutely love it.
But all good things must come to an end…
Disney couldn’t handle the pressure anymore and edited the hand-gesture (there are four full fingers now). If you don’t know what “the shocker” is, I suggest you do a quick search on Urban Dictionary. I don’t think Steven Tyler did it knowingly (because remember he had to be high when filming) and although it’s difficult to pinpoint the origin of “the shocker” I’m pretty sure it didn’t become widely used slang until the early-to-mid 2000’s. So after 17 years, we say goodbye to this ridiculous hand gesture, whatever its meaning was.
And if you needed further proof that Steven Tyler wasn’t intentionally giving the “the shocker”, he tweeted his reaction earlier today:
— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) August 18, 2016
By the way, if you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios and experiencing the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster pre-show, you can check out the insanity here. Can anyone name the other celebrity that’s in the pre-show? Respect will be earned if you name them in the comments.