Tip: You can unlock extra songs by holding down the Rockit Logo on the Guest Interface Panel for 5 seconds. It will allow you to put in a number between 001-999. The only disadvantage to unlocking extra songs is that you will not be able to get an on-ride video because Universal only has the rights to sell the featured songs. If you have found any that you recognize and know please post it and share those findings with us.
I'd say keep watching Syd Vinyl's Facebook page for hints to hidden tracks.
Still, I would think that they would have some kind of press thing since they spent so much money on it!
Of course, that's assuming the wait is less than 90 minutes. Otherwise, pass.
How much is the ride affecting attendance at the park? What can I expect on September 3rd?
Huh? There's no modern coaster I know of that requires 50 minutes of downtime to bring a train on. Heck, at Disney, we could bring trains on Thunder without taking the ride down at all.
There's a reason why parks take time with employee previews and soft openings. And it's not just to test mechanics. It's to give ride ops staff time and experience running the ride with a live crowd. To learn to do things like bring a new train on in less than 50 minutes.
I'm shocked to see this ride officially open just four days after going to its first team member preview. Especially with elements such as the video and load platform not yet working.
You'd think that Universal Studios Florida, of all parks, would have some institutional memory about official openings before attractions are ready. There's no PR value in taking this risk. (And, as I mentioned, opening without a media day reduces the PR value substantially, as well.) It really makes me wonder if there was some other factor in play here, pressuring Universal to declare this ride open by a certain date. (Contracts?)
I have no idea about that, but this quick opening is so unusual for the theme park industry, that it makes me curious about what's going on here.
Just wanted to clarify something. The 50-minute delay (that's an estimate from a guest who was already waiting when I arrived) was not weather related. Universal said it was because they were swapping out trains on the track.
There was a second delay a little later (about a half hour) becuase of bad weather.
Hope that clears things up a bit.
-- Jason Garcia
Just wanted to clarify something. The 50-minute delay (estimate comes from a guest who was already waiting to be let into the queue when I arrived) was not weather related. Universal said it was due to swapping trains on the tracks.
There was a second delay (about half an hour) a little later, after the ride had reopened. That was entirely due to bad weather.
Hope that helps clear things up.
PROs - Love the Maurer-Sohne X-cars. There are truly comfortable and the restraint can handle a big boned guy and still give me airtime too.
CONs - the trains wobble wayyy too much. Don't know if that's inherent in the train design or the track.
PRO: LOVE the lift. Love it, love it, love it. Flat on your back going straight up - more vertical than Sheikra's lift.
PRO: Intense positive Gs all over this ride. Like REALLY intense positive Gs and two big airtime pops (at least in the front row).
PRO: The loop with the barrel roll is a great element - smooth and fun.
PRO: there are many brakes on the ride and I'd heard the trims are too tight. Not today. True, we rode in a very light rain (just starting), but I thought the trims were mostly unobtrusive.
PRO: Lots of serpentine sinuous S curves. Lots of dives off high brake runs. Lots of angled helixes.
PRO: The sound system was great and I was able to program in my choice and it sounded immediately on the lift.
CON: the music choices are really old and lame.
CON: the video includes 4 short clips of you. The camera is centered for front row riders, but located on the side for other rows. What they should offer is a full forward POV of the ride and then a full ride capture of you riding.
CON: A 2.5 hour wait. Dispatch is supposed to take 30 seconds but they were averaging 1 dispatch per 2-2.5 minutes today.
CON: the ride is advertised as NOW OPEN. It should be advertised as a Technical Rehearsal. The ride went down several times yesterday and last night it required an all night fine tuning session by the tech staff. Therefore the pre-ride check today (which is supposed to begin at 3am) didn't begin until morning; so opening was delayed until 11am -- a time they announced and -- yes -- met. However, the space they set aside for people to line up was in direct hot sunlight when they have space outside the main entrance in full shade and with stansions holes in the pavement. A thoughtless management decision not to think of their customers.
PRO: Lots of misters in the outdoor queue past the main entrance. The indoor queue is less inviting (beware of stink bombs from nearby patrons). BUT JUST WHEN YOU'RE GETTING TIRED AND HUNGRY, they've positioned a snack cart in the queue. Perfect for a sugar rush from the frozen lemonade 20 minutes before you ride.
PRO: The loading team is already working efficiently. But they told us there was not a single rider queue available when we got into line, but 2.25 hours later as we were getting to the head of the line, single riders were suddenly allowed to fill that queue. It was really annoying to be treated so inconsistently.
BOTTOM LINE: A great coaster worth a 60 minute wait. My first chance to ride a X-coaster car was worth the 2.5 hours wait. If the trains are wobbly this much now, I'm afraid it may turn painful in a year. But at least there are no horsecollars and boxed ears!
Alan Jay Glueckman, Orlando
I went yesterday (Sunday 8/23/09) and stood in line for 45 minutes outside the black gates waiting for them to start letting more people back in the actual ride line just to have them announce that the ride would be closed for the rest of the day due to technical problems.
I don't care about the stupid audio and video not working! I just want to ride the friggin roller coaster. How could their be mechanical problems after testing the thing ALL summer (have been there at least half a dozen times and seen them running emply cars)!
My annual passes run out September 1st, which means that next weekend is the last chance for me and my kids to ride this thing. If it's down when we go I'm going to raise wholly hell to their management!