That was a quick soft open... Universal makes it official with Rip, Ride, Rockit
The press release hit my in-box this morning. Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit
at Universal Studios Florida is now open. Officially. No more "soft open" for the Maurer Söhne roller coaster.
Image courtesy Universal
Interesting that there was no mention of a media day to create a publicity push for the new ride. Folks in the Orlando area and the southeast, you'll have to let the rest of us know if you see any additional advertising for the ride, or if Universal is continuing with its reduced media presence.
Also, as soon as someone's gotten the on-ride video from the coaster (which wasn't working during the soft open, as I understand), lemme know and I'll embed it here on TPI. (The only reason I ever care about media days is to get legal on-ride video of new rides, and if Universal's gonna have the lipstick cams on this one all the time, we can get that video whenever.)
Well isn't that interesting. Yesterday I got to ride it and well, the ride was great but the features besides the lights were not working. They were still going around with clipboards trying to figure out if guests heard the music or no music. The music portion of the ride was not working at all. The on ride picture is not a good picture unless you are sitting in the last row of each car due to the angle being so harsh. (The camera for the ride picture is located on the ride where you speed through the building near Twister.) The on board video also not working but this was mentioned not to be working during soft opening but I doubt it is even working right now. The people movers that are supposed to speed up the loading process were also shut off still and not working. Universal yesterday did have the single rider line open which I would just like to note moves very very slow in comparison to other single rider lines.
I would guess people have more or less seen how it works so maybe thats why there was no Media Day.
I'm still against this ride, as I have been since day 1, but I'll give it a review on my upcoming trip.
I was talking with Jason Garcia at the Sentinel about the ride today, and he said that the ride was down for 50 minutes after it opened this morning, supposedly so they could add another train.
Awesome ride! Found out they opened today while driving on I-4 and noticing the change on the billboard... Waited 45 minutes to ride and it was unbelievable. The ride was smooth.... Glad to see Orlando finally getting a Cedar Point type coaster. I posted pictures from the day on theparkstop.com if you would like to see. Thanks.
I was actually right in front of Jason Garcia in line today, and about 35 minutes of that 50 minute closure was due to inclement weather.
Oh yes, there was a delay before the weather one, i remember that one, i just wasnt in line during it so i wasnt thinking of that one. and Jason, just to let you know in case you were wondering. i am NOT the loser who was right in front of you talking about how he was riding the hulk for five months or whatnot. just didnt want you to think that
All I have to say is one thing--The ride is awesome!!! Totally blew away my expectations. I was, in fact, there on the day it opened and actually endured the first delay and then the inclement weather delay. Well worth the wait. Very smooth, LOTS of air time and surprisingly very fast. The only thing was the first time I rode it, a song was already playing, so I wasn't able to choose what song I wanted. Also, the second time I rode it, my video capture worked, but there was no music playing at all. Minor tech kinks, but hey, the ride was still great! Video part was HILARIOUS!
I rode RRRockit this afternoon for the first time (front row seat). Here are the PROs and CONs:
Universal has truely bungled the opening of this new coaster. I have been waiting all summer to ride this thing that was originally scheduled to open in the SPRING of 2009! Now that it is finally officially opened, it seems that it is down multiple times a day for "technical" reasons. They shouldn't have opened it to the public until they worked out the majority of the kinks.
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