The Rides Closing Temporarily (and Forever) at Walt Disney World

What's happening to Rock'n'Roller Coaster? With the New Year upon us, we know of a number of rides and attractions at Walt Disney World that are closing for good or that have a future that's simply up in air with more questions than answers.
What's the Future of Rock'n'Roller Coaster?

Is Aerosmith done at Walt Disney World? That's what Disney travelers want to know.

With the New Year upon us, we know of a number of new rides and attractions coming our way at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
But there are also several that are closing for good or that have a future that's simply up in air with more questions than answers.
Permanently closing or already closed at Disney's Hollywood Studios:
  • Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple, 
  • Star Wars: Galactic Spectacular and 
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid.
At Disney's Animal Kingdom Park:
  • Kali River Rapids will close on January 9, 2023 for refurbishment (with no estimated completion date) and 
  • the demolition of Primeval Whirl will soon be completed.
At Disney's Magic Kingdom Park:
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is closing for a short refurbishment in January, 
  • while Splash Mountain will close on January 23, 2023 for the Tiana ride overhaul. 
Most of the talk now is focused on Rock'n'Roller Coaster, which is closing for a long refurbishment on February 20, 2023. Disney has said it will be reopening in the summer of 2023.
With the Aerosmith agreement now expired (in 2022), will the refurbishment also become a full ride re-theming of Rock'n'Roller Coaster? 
At Disneyland Paris the ride was re-themed into an Avengers ride. But this probably wouldn't be a Marvel re-theme due to agreements in place between Universal Studios Florida and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So what would be a likely re-theme? Keep it as Rock'n'Roller Coaster and just update the band to a younger and newer artist or group? Or would they do what they have done in so many other cases at Walt Disney World and re-theme the ride into a Disney character property?

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Amelia Belobradic
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Amelia Belobradic is co-host of 1923 Main Street: The Disney Travel News Podcast.
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Mike Belobradic is the creator and co-host of the Disney Travel News Podcast at and a longtime expert on Disney travel.
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