Yes, Bolliger & Mabillard is Building the New Hulk Coaster at Universal Orlando
Reports have been circulating around the Internet that Swiss roller coaster manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard - the original builder of Universal Orlando's Incredible Hulk Coaster - is not involved in the rebuild of that coaster at Universal's Islands of Adventure.
Photo courtesy Corey Mathery
Universal closed the coaster last month for a nearly year-long reconstruction project, during which it is replacing track and the coaster trains. Universal also will be adding new, on-ride and in-queue effects to the popular coaster.
I reached out to Universal Orlando this morning to ask about the rumors, and a Universal spokesperson confirmed that it is Bolliger & Mabillard that is working with Universal Orlando on the Hulk rebuild.
This is the second major refurbishment of an attraction in Universal's Marvel Super Hero Island. In 2012, Universal substantially refurbished The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride in Islands of Adventure's Marvel Super Hero Island, upgrading to a 4K digital high definition Infitec 3-D projection system, as well adding a new audio system, lighting, and improved sets.
Universal holds the Orlando-area theme park rights to these Disney-owned Marvel franchises in perpetuity, thanks to the deal its signed with the then-independently-owned Marvel Studios back in the 1990s.
I wonder if Universal will change from Hulk theme. I know they can keep the Hulk name but here is an opportunity to make it a totally new attraction.
Brian, the walls very clearly say "The Incredible Hulk Coaster Returning 2016"
Great news. I'm sure since they are taking down an epic coaster, they will replace it with one just as good or better. Just don't use those lap bar only restraint systems, like on Rip Ride
The point of this work isn't to create an entirely new attraction. That new attraction is under construction just down the walkway. Hulk remains a very popular, the popularity wore out the equipment. Universal is doing the necessary replacement of the ride equipment and at the same time making some enhancements. People on the Internet are making a much bigger deal out of this than it really is.
Thanks Sean - The walls told you... I know but it would be a nice misdirection to simply put up a sign and then make a huge change.
Love the Hulk and glad to see them refurbishing it. It would be nice to see Marvel attractions at WDW, but I love Marvel Super Hero Island at IOA, so I'm not complaining
What are their rights regarding the use of Hulk images? Are they limited to the material of the comic books, or can they use imagery from the many Hulk movies? I'm assuming only the comic book version, since that's all that is depicted in IOA.
They should retweek it to an IRON MAN IP - that would be incredibly popular to use that IP
I was wondering if there may be a "rebranding" of the coaster, but if it clearly says "The incredible Hulk coaster will return" I'm think there's not a chance it will change. Whilst they will misdirect the public, straight out lying would not sit well.
It is interesting that after only 17 years the Hulk was so under maintained and or under engineered that it requires an entire retrack.
For a park to shut down a very popular attraction for a year long refurb, you have to imagine how shot the ride was.
I, I know it said the Hulk coaster would return next summer. Has anyone heard a more specific approx. date
For a ride to operate every day from May 28, 1999 to September 8, 2015 (minus the days around 9/11), it probably had the most cycles of any B&M coaster out there (dispatching a train every 1:30).
Jaiden, most definitely. Of course, Dragon Challenge is about the same way, mins the time it got re-themed. It's crazy to think about the age of rides - sometime I think about the Haunted Mansion, or any other "omnimover" at disney and how is constantly run every single day, now for 44 years straight! (minus the few frefurbs here and there!). I feel bad for the rides!
I hope they change the track layout of the second part of the ride. It felt very disjointed. It lacked 'harmony.'
Someone in the ride equipment business said- "It would take more than 50 years, for a seasonal park like Cedar Point, to cycle the same number of trains on a similar coaster."
As far as it being shot, I thought it was the most extreme coaster in a major theme park. Meaning Disney, Universal, or Sea World. I have not been on anything as intense at any of the four Six Flags parks I have visited. Having not been to the Ohio parks (yet), I could not say, but at least in the top ten it is extreme. Here's hoping it does not get toned down.
It's funny when you think how Disney and Universal can use this whole thing to play off each other. Universal has a ride based on Hulk, who is a central character in the MCU; they have a ride based on Spider-Man, who will be coming to the MCU; and in the comic book shop there are toys and comics advertising what's currently popular in the MCU. It's funny, because essentially people watching the Disney-owned MCU will be inspired to visit Universal's Marvel Superhero Island, and those who visit Marvel Superhero Island will be inspired to watch the MCU. Oh, the delicious irony!
So glad to see this happening. As others mentioned, it's amazing it has held up so well after 15 years of 365 operation. Glad Universal is being proactive instead of waiting for the thing to get so rough it's unridable (cough, Kumba).
Jeff, Marvel/Disney hold the rights to all their characters, it doesn't matter who the film deal is with. Universal don't have to deal with Sony or Fox, just Marvel. The question is whether Universal have access to newer Style Guides (when the deal was signed, there wasn't even an Iron Man style guide even though Spidey, Hulk, X-Men and Fantastic Four had their own) or if they have to stick with what they got when the deal was first done.
I'm glad Universal still has the Marvel rights. Disney would ruin Marvel's coolness by making a lame meet and greet and calling it the stark expo with an inflatable Beta Max style Hulk to meet. The thrill rides fit the Marvel characters better then being reduced to clowns posing for pictures.
Thinking outside the box could they turn Hulk into a Floorless or Winged coaster using the same layout?
magnificent, can't wait to ride it in its former glory
Glad to hear B&M is still involved in this project, because in my opinion, they make by far the best coasters in the world. I'm very interested in riding one of those Rocky Mountain ones though.
To whoever said the hulk is the most intense coaster: I think B&M inverts and Intamin Strata Coasters are the most intense.
For those that think this ride is undermaintained, they have bo idea how long the ride has been operating continuously without a complete rehab. It's needed and it's a regular process. Disney does these maintenance projects regularly to avoid major shutdowns, but there are times when that's unavoidable. Space Mountain in both Cali and Orlando were shut down for a year each back in the 90s to do the same exact thing. The lifts need to be redone, the poles that carry the weight of the ride need to be repressurized, the coaster cars need to be pulled apart and rebuilt. They are just doing a maintenance all at once. Please don't dog out the teams from keeping you safe ride after ride. Mind you these rides also operate for private functions outside of normal operating functions which equal more cycles. Glad they are refurbing it. Hopefully they can make the ride as smooth as Kraken...and it might just be the best coaster in Orlando again.
@188.8.131.52 - I pronounce Bolliger & Mabillard as "Bowl-le-ger and Mab-a-lard", but as you can see most people just say B&M, because anyone that knows the name Bolliger & Mabillard will know what B&M is too, so it is easier to just use the initials and avoid the name/pronunciation mangling. Just my two cents.
I heard a rumor that USO was partnering with Nintendo for theme park attractions of some kind. I always hoped for the hulk coaster to be rebranded as a MarioKart coaster.
It's about time that they refurb this coaster. It is just too rough, and rattles incessantly. It gives me a bloody headache, and I avoided it on my last two Orlando trips. I certainly hope it comes back smoother, otherwise this refurb will be a waste.
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