New construction photos of Universal Studios Florida's Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit coaster
With last week's news that Universal Studios Florida was pushing back the debut
of its new roller coaster, Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit
, I wondered how much work Universal still had to do. Well, Theme Park Insider reader Gareth H
must have read my mind, because this afternoon he sent along these photos he snapped as he drove in to Universal.
Track arriving at Universal. A crane lifts the main drop track into place. A view of the station A view from track level
(From the look of these, I'm thinking late June, early July. Anyone else want to take a guess?)
Thanks for the pics, Gareth.
Im hoping the Rip Rock It coaster will be ready before I go to Universal in July. Ive been looking forward to it since I last visited in November of 2008 and I have planned a trip from Rhode Island for 8 people and planning it around this coaster and Manta!
I'm thinking later than that. But I gotta tell ya ... it is going to be THE premier coaster in Central Florida.
I am thinking later as well but they can really wrap these things up when they put their mind to it so we'll see. Looking good though.
Yes, I am incredibly excited to ride a coaster that goes, then brake run, another element, brake run, element, brake run, element, brake run, element, brake run, etc. That sounds thrilling!
Looking good! I think this just might become my new favorite coaster. I don't know why, but something about this coaster really makes me feel amazed!
As long as RRR & the Harry Potter expansion are complete by the time I head back to Orlando in 2010, then I will be good. Universal has yet to build a bad coaster, so I am holding out high hopes for their latest creation.
I might be wrong, but I just drove home from my shift at the bar, and all of the remaining track stored along Turkey Lake Road has gone.
Looks to me like they're way behind. I don't think it will open for summer.
I was at Universal Studios March 14. The photos here look like the same unfinished work I saw.
So Robert, maybe you should write a piece about construction delays. What's the longest? Test Track?
Well some greaat shots of it thanks. But according to CFB in yesterdays Orlando Sential their looking at November. openning..And Manta is doing soft opennings the first week in May.
I was just there yesterday and noticed a construction supervisor watching some work being done in the loading area. I decided to ask him about the lift hill and he told me that it was being redone and they were waiting on the five new pieces of track. He told me nobody is being allowed to take vacation time until the ride is done and that Universal is pushing to have it open for July 4th.
It doesn't take a long time for a coaster track to be put together and tested. That to me raises the question as to why they are behind schedule. It appears that the track wasn't even finished as of those pictures, so maybe there was a design/fabrication issue. The reason could be one of several.
The pictures were taken yesterday, all between 4.45pm and 6pm.
Derek, brakes are due to the confined space, but also allows 4 cars to run on the track at the same time, meaning higher capacity, taking pressure of Harry Potter when it opens.
Here's to hoping that they finish up everything by late July, when my friends and I head out that way. It looks great so far, and I love my rollercoasters, so I'll definitely jump on there!
Just as an FYI, MANTA starts soft openings this weekend. I'll be there Sunday, WOOOOHOOOO!
I was talking about the continuity of the ride. Brakes provide for more capacity, but a lot of times they end up being a wet blanket. My personal opinion is that I would rather wait longer in line for a great ride than go through the line a little faster for a so-so ride, and sometimes brakes become a huge let down when a ride gets going. I just didn't know if there was some kind of visual or whatever at each brake run. That to me would be a better cause.
Here's a link I followed from screamscape.com. This was posted on April 23, 2008.
BIG UPDATE - Track will be completed tonight.
BTW, again, I'd love to get a write-up, with photos, of Manta from readers just as soon as they get on during the soft opening. (Since I'm in LA, I won't be able to get out there.)
Can't make it over there today, maybe tonight, but last night as I was passing at 4am I saw that the track is COMPLETED!!!!!
OK, so talked to a park insider last night and can confirm that the initial lift did have to be moved ever so slightly because the track didn't fit correctly.
yeah, about the puking on roller coasters...it doesn't happen from having too much to drink...trust me.
I suggest you try the "Olympia Looping" at the Oktoberfest after having a liter of Munich's finest. You'll wonder where the loops went!
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