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The path of the Rock 'n Roller Coaster

By now everyone knows the basic premise of the story behind the Rock 'n Roller Coaster. You need to get from the recording studio to the concert and fast and your super stretch limo takes you through Los Angeles, California to get you to the concert in time to catch Aerosmith there.  What you may not know is that Imagineers didn't randomly throw in random LA icons into the attraction, but they really did map out the route and the ride follows that path, for the most part.

The recording studio you're at is supposed to be the NBC recording studios at  3000 West Alameda Avenue in Burbank, California.  This is where your journey begins and as you leave the studios, you immediately go into that loop which brings you through the Hollywood Sign, which is located in nearby Griffith Park, right down the Ventura Freeway.

After going through the Hollywood sign, you'll see a sign for the Los Angeles Civic Center and Interstate 5.  Your limo takes the off ramp to I-5 and heads through downtown Los Angeles and down I-5 before merging onto I-10 and heading into Beverly Hills.


  As you enter Beverly Hills, you go into the Cobra Roll (perhaps the inversion here is a commentary on the crazy Beverly Hills lifestyle....or the Imagineers thought it would be a good place to go upside down a bunch of times).

Next, your driver takes you onto U.S. Route 101, also known as the Hollywood Freeway, which brings you past another Hollywood landmark, the donut from Randy's Donuts....


...and then you finally reach the concert.  The actual venue is never named, but since the concert appears right after passing through Randy's Donuts, it's a safe assumption that the concert is nearby, perhaps the LA Forum (Great Western Forum/Inglewood Forum).

It's kind of cool to know that Imagineers didn't simply throw together random Hollywood icons, but actually followed a map of how one would really get through LA to get from one point to another.

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