Either way, I think the bigger problem is that this attraction breaks down too much. I think it has to do with the restraints because when I went on it, it felt a little too open for my comfort. Perhaps the computer noticed that the bar started to (falsely) open and stopped the attraction.
If this ride keeps breaking down, they should probably go back to the drawing board. Six Flags Great America got burned by Deja Vu, a boomerang coaster that kept breaking down. It is gone now!
That is impossible. The sensors on the train can not be read out outside of the station, and the locking mechanism can't open (even a little bit) during the ride.
Edit: I should learn to read comments before posting my own.
Any chance that you could write about Disney's bringing the ride back into operation after the accident (I read the ride was closed at all four parks worldwide after the accident), and how safety including regular maintenance has been improved since 2003?
I find it interesting that in the discussion of the delay in re-opening the ride in California after its current refurbishment, people have been citing the 2003 accident and that the delay is justified to make sure the ride is completely safe before reopening it.
On a separate topic, The RipRideRocket was a mistake. It just doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the park. Also it is a lame coaster with terrible vibration problems. I had a headache for 3 days after riding it. They should just tear it down and use the space for something else. With all the $$$ they are raking in from Harry Potter, they can easily absorb the loss.
TH, your negativity and dry wit is charming as always, you should be a writer for British comedies on the Public Broadcasting Network.
Rip Ride Rockit' is a pretty mediocre ride. It's too bad that Universal at the time didn't go with Bolliger & Mabillard instead. However, this sort of publicity has zero impact on the park. If anything it's the type of publicity in the end that's favorable even though the incident is unfavorable.
This is what I expect from a Six Flags amusement park...not a world class theme park.
It's weird how silent the Universal fans get when something like this coaster stranding happens. Quiet as mute church mice they all become.
I love Universal Orlando to death and think that it is amazing resort and has two of the world's greatest theme parks, but not everything that they do is perfect, especially RockIt. I think it would be best that it would suffer a fate similar to Drachen Fire.
And by the way, these things happen at Disney too. The string of events associated with Mission: Space immediately come to mind.
It's so easy to hide a 200 foot lift hill.... (sigh).
I think she is transplanted from the Disney forums and is used to everyone patting each other on the back and agreeing how great Disney is while talking negatively about Universal.
Have you been there lately? Ever stayed on site and see what a difference there is between the two resorts? We spent $30K plus on our four Disney vacations and close to $50K on our Universal stays.
I think I have the right to judge both resorts objectively.
I don't think anyone ever said RRR is a 10 out 10 coaster. The last few years, the ride has been rough and it is definitely prone to breakdowns. That being said, it has a lot of one of a kind elements and is the best night time coaster of all time (in my opinion).
I have gone into great detail about all the ways we were disappointed with Disney, which is partly our fault for going during peak season every time. But the same peak season vacations at Universal are a joy by comparison, even with the hotel parking fees.