New coaster at Universal Orlando in 2009
Editor's note: Thanks to the many, many readers who submitted this. Michael was the first, and I've combined all the posts in one.
Universal is building a new high tech coaster set to debut in 2009!
Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit will ride over, around and outside the entrance to Universal Studios Florida (fixed). Not only will there be an on-ride soundtrack, but riders will get to choose it, selecting from five genres (classic rock, rap, country, pop and disco), or just letting the system pick songs for you. ("Shuffle" mode?)
Rendering courtesy Universal Orlando
Riders will be recorded on video, and riders will be given the chance to edit the video of their ride, then to e-mail that video to their friends.
Top speed of the coaster will be 65 mph. No other specs yet, but Universal's press release offered a height of "17 stories" and "six near-miss moments and first-ever thrills including a record-breaking loop."
Nice. I can't wait for something new there! I'm curious about the "soundtrack" thing, though.
The story begins:
Well, Universal is still alive... Harry Potter coming, and now this brand new roller-coaster. WDW should react for sure. At least, will the Beastly Kingdom rise from its ash? ;-)
I was totally thrilled when I read this announcement early this morning on OrlandoSentinel.com. My hands even started shaking cuz I was so excited.
Im always happy to see a new coaster being added!!!!
Round two of the Great Orlando Coaster Wars? Last time USF/IOA and WDW knocked heads we got Hulk, Dueling Dragons, Rock n' Roller, and Everest. You've gotta love when these two companies compete!!!
It's a Maurer Sohne coaster.
Curious if anyone knows WHEN in 2009 it will debut...
The article states it will open in spring 2009, roughly a year from now.
There is a difference between Disney's rollercoasters and Universal's. I think IOA gets amusement park attendance because of the rough rollercoasters (Hulk and Dueling Dragons). The majority of the visitors do not like those types of rides. In addition, the other rides are either water related where you get soaked or it's itsy bitsy kids rides at Suess. Spiderman is the only ride that is a nice mix. Where Disney's rides are more tolerable and all ages can ride them. I truly believe that makes the difference in theme park attendance. This sounds like another rough one!
This is very exciting. But USH needs something new too. Ugh. Come one now, we could have a roller coaster that travels around the park (oohh. Imagine the drop from the upper lot to the lower lot, haha).
My only question is where the heck is it gonna go... now the press release says near jimmy neutron, but looking at my satiellte map at work i cant figure it out. my only thought now is if there gonna shut down something.....anyone else know more?
Sounds pretty ambitious. Definitely gives me a reason to stick around Florida for a few more years! Can't wait to see how this turns out.
Well, I gotta be the first to say - I'm not impressed. I fear for Universal, actually.
From the artist's rendition it looks like a
Any new top ride like this is great for all parks in Orlando. You go to Universal for a new ride and you end up going to Sea World and Disney also….
I think this is a great boost to the park in trying to keep up with the times. I'm not a big fan of coasters that go over an audience as in CityWalk where people are eating, drinking and shopping then to have a coaster overhead with people getting sick on the folks down below.
I can't wait but just wondering, how are we supposed to choose the soundtrack in agreement w/all the other riders? Is there a poll conducted by the operators? This will be interesting to find out.
Yes, I have just visited Port Adventura in Barcelona, Spain.
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