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Universal releases Hollywood Rip, Ride and Rockit coaster train photos

By Robert Niles
Published: June 5, 2009 at 10:33 AM
Universal Orlando has released a close-up photo of the ride vehicle for its new Hollywood Rip, Ride and Rockit roller coaster, debuting next month at Universal Studios Florida.

Hollywood Rip, Ride and Rockit ride vehicle

You can see a 3D Flash graphic of the vehicle on Universal's website, as well.

The vehicles feature wrap-around 55-watt speakers, a music control panel on the lap bar, reverse POV video cameras mounted in the seatback in front of you, and LED lights alongside the train. Seat rows are raised in "stadium seating" style, as well.

Readers' Opinions

From Joshua Counsil on June 5, 2009 at 10:46 AM
I wonder if the interface allows you to change songs mid-ride ...
From Eric Malone on June 5, 2009 at 12:21 PM
Any idea WHEN it's going to open next month? We're heading out that way July 30th and 31st, so hoping to get a chance to ride it. :D
From Robert Niles on June 5, 2009 at 12:47 PM
Hearing that they're working on the lift hill - again. No word from the park on a media day yet, either. (Parks usually give at least two to three weeks' notice on those.)
From Eric Malone on June 5, 2009 at 4:33 PM
That's a bad sign.

I recall seeing a video of them testing the coaster. I think this may be because the coaster takes too damn long to get the ride up the lift hill, and that's with an EMPTY coaster. They might be adjusting it or adding more to it so it doesn't suck as much.

From Tim W on June 5, 2009 at 5:01 PM
um looks uncomortable.....
From Pyra Dong on June 5, 2009 at 5:10 PM
Grrr, when is this coaster gonna open to the public? I have been eagerly waiting for RRR ever since I first saw the promo posters.

I remember visiting Universal Studios early spring (and RRR was still missing some pieces) but there was a section there where you could exit the park another way- I could cross through the construction, see the big drop above me, and I ended up near the Blue Man Group building. I wonder if that'll still be open like that when it opens - be a great picture place.

Each of these delays and "coming soon" is kinda making the hype die for me. and like Eric says, I feel like the delays are a bad sign.

From David Sutter on June 5, 2009 at 5:27 PM
Im still shooting for a july 4th date...But so far nothig in the mail about a pass holders preview. Ill post it when I get it.
From Raul Araoz on June 5, 2009 at 7:03 PM
Supposedly, they have removed part of the lift hill in order to install an anti-rollback mechanism. No word if this work will delay the rumored opening.
From Dan Maher on June 5, 2009 at 8:43 PM
Anyone hear about a setlist for this? I heard that they're will be 30 total but haven't heard any rumors about what they might be.
From Derek Potter on June 6, 2009 at 4:41 AM
"Supposedly, they have removed part of the lift hill in order to install an anti-rollback mechanism."

Now?

From Robert Niles on June 6, 2009 at 11:53 AM
Yeah, anti-rollback is a standard part of every lift coaster I know. Maybe they are swapping it?

All I know is that, in general, the longer you make someone wait for something, the better that person expects it to be. Good if you can meet that standard; bad if you can't.

From jaylan rose on June 7, 2009 at 1:03 AM
Its was Great! I had the time of my life.
From William Clark on June 8, 2009 at 6:37 AM
As of yesterday, June 7, the entire track is now off the lift hill. There is nothing there at all. A construction worker on site told me not to expect this ride to be operational until Labor Day. This is solely his personal opinion he stressed but by the looks of it his prediction seems reasonable.
From 149.254.218.60 on June 9, 2009 at 3:22 AM
I really can not believe how long it is taking! I was looking forward to going on the ride but looks like i have not chance! we fly out to orlando on monday and return back to uk 2 weeks later! I work within the heavey machine industry and i am a mechanical design and maintenance engineer and back in the uk if we had let something like this drag so long i dont think i would have a job! All i can think is the weather must be so bad that they carnt work on it! could someone maybe post and update every day untill sunday! cheers

chris

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