Universal Orlando pushes back opening for Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit
This shouldn't surprise anyone, given the wall of silence that Universal Orlando has offered all questions about when its Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit
roller coaster would debut, but Universal's now confirmed that it will not open this spring.
Instead, Universal's pushed the opening date back into summer, according to several sources. (Here's one that got its story up earlier.)
Universal folks and fans, give us your thoughts and estimates on HRRR, in the comments.
Update: Now SeaWorld is pushing *up* the opening date for Manta. Look for a soft opening the first week in May. Trip reports, with photos, will be greatly appreciated, as I won't be in Orlando that week.
That's too bad. We were looking forward to riding this in June.
Well, this isn't much of a surprise. The rumors were flying that there was a problem with the coaster's lift hill and/or evacuation system. This is not unexpected for a, somewhat, new style of coaster. Cedar had a lengthy delay for the Maverick before it opened. The Manta is based on an already existing concept and was simple to construct.
Better a delay to have a safe attraction for all. Sucks that we won't get to ride it but I'm sure we'll return to Orlando another time.
Sadly, this wasn't a big surprise... although I would have thought that the delay would be more related to money.
We were at Hard Rock Live last night (REO Speedwago). We walked past the coaster -- it looks like its gonna be a MONSTER!
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