Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit, a roller coaster in Production Central at Universal Studios Florida. (The minimum height to ride is 51 inches.)
Written by Robert Niles
Each rider gets to choose a song to listen to while riding this Maurer Söhne roller coaster, which debuted in 2009. You're not limited the songs Universal offers you, however. If you press the Rip, Ride, Rockit logo on your selection screen when you board, and hold it down for five seconds, you'll access the "easter egg" -- a keypad which allows you to enter any three-digit song code. That makes hundreds of other songs available. Here's the list we've compiled, but be warned that the song lineup can change.
#101 – The Temples of Syrinx by Rush
#102 – Blues Before and After by The Smithereens
#103 – Break on Through by The Doors
#104 – Crocodile Rock by Elton John
#105 – Do it Again by Steely Dan
#106 – Don’t You by Candlebox
#107 – Drivin’ Rain by Gov’t Mule
#108 – 8 Miles High by The Byrds
#109 – Fantasy by Aldo Nova
#110 – Fool by Rollins Band
#112 – Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
#113 – Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
#114 – Just Because by Jane’s Addiction
#115 – Live by Lenny Kravitz
#116 – Mexicola by Queens of The Stone Age
#121 – Runnin Down a Dream by Tom Petty
#122 – Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones
#123 – Stockholm Syndrom by Muse
#124 – Diary of Jane by Breaking Benjamin
#127 – Urgent by Foreigner
#128 – Vertigo by U2
#129 – Wheel in the Sky by Journey
#130 – Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who
#131 – Klein Mandelbrot remix by The Blue Man Group
#132 – Drumbone by Blue Man Group
#301 – Float On by Modest Mouse
#302 – I Want You Back by The Jackson Five
#303 – In My Pocket by The Cat Empire
#304 – It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me by Billy Joel
#305 – Brothers Gonna Work it Out by Public Enemy
#306 – Lose Yourself by Eminem
#307 – Ride Like The Wind by Christopher Cross
#308 – Run to You by Bryan Adams
#309 – Save Room by John Legend
#310 – Vogue by Madonna
#311 – You Make Loving Fun by Fleetwood Mac
#312 – My Everything by Barry White
#504 – Smokin’ Gun by Robert Cray
#506 – The Thrill is Gone by BB King
#507 – Who Did You Think I Was by John Mayer Trio
#508 – Pivot by Dry
#701 – Cyanide by Metallica
#702 – Endangered Species by Flaw
#703 – For Whom The Bell Tolls by Metallica
#704 – Forever Down by Black Label Society
#705 – How Heavy This Axe by The Sword
#706 – Just One Fix by Ministry
#707 – Know your Enemy by Rage Against the Machine
#708 – Let’s Go by Ministry
#709 – Mouth for War by Pantera
#710 – Painkiller by Judas Priest
#711 – Paranoid by Black Sabbath
#712 – Temptation’s Wings by Down
#713 – The Wicker Man by Iron Maiden
#714 – Unreal by Ill Nino
#715 – Wake Up Dead by Megadeth
#716 – We Call This Mutha Revenge by Suicidal Tendencies
#718 – You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ by Judas Priest
#901 – Movin’ Right Along by Kermit The Frog and Fozzy Bear
#902 – Rainbow Connection by The Muppets
#903 – Your Attitude Towards Cuttlefish by Paper Moon
#904 – Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
As for the ride itself, it's a top speed of 65 mph and includes several non-inverting loops (which means that the track twists so that you don't actually go all the way upside-down). Riders have criticized the coaster for frequent downtimes and a rough ride, but Universal began installing new trains in late 2013 in the hopes of creating a smoother ride.
It has horrendously long line no matter what line you choose, which is because the ride only loads 2 people per row. The ride is rough and jerky. However it has a pretty good music selection. I guess it is OKAY. - Quentin Scruggs
the ride while cool in some respects if ROUGH as hell. I could not really hear the music over the car noise/ It a long ride with several sections of fast and slow. Will not ride again i felt bad after the ride from all the jarring. - Jake Johnson
An amazing coaster that offers a lengthy and varied ride experience. The music offers some good songs and definitely adds to the experience. My advice for this, is ride it when you can immediately. Don't wait until later. The ride experiences frequent shut downs and will cease operation if even a few rain drops are falling from the sky. The uphill climb is way cool and the ride in general is awesome. Don't miss it! - Manny Barron
This is probably the most unique coaster I have ever ridden. I like to ride it with a disco track, because to me, it just goes well with the ride. My favorite it I Will Survive...lol! I love the non inverted loop, and the Treble Clef. So cool! If it weren't for the long lines, I would ride it all the time! - Michelle Morgan
It's a great ride. The only reason this isn't perfection are the breakdowns, adding trains every half an hour. The result, A HOLE LOT OF DOWNTIME. I love the ability to chose your song and the non upside down loop. Favorite song: Sabotage. Must ride! NOTE: sometimes the express line is longer than the stand by. 9/10 - Jaiden Cohen
It's a fun coaster and I like choosing my own songs. The ride is strong in the thrills and fun department, but the theming isn't the best. EDIT: Bumped my rating down from an 8 to a 6. This coaster is way too rough to even be enjoyable. I doubt I'll ride again unless it's seriously fixed up. - Bryce McGibeny
Rockit is one of the most thrilling coasters ive ever been on. The combination of music and g forces make this ride a cant miss. My favorite part i would say is probably the non inverting loop. On this ride i enjoy listening to "All Night Long" by Montgomery Gentry. The only thing that holds me back from giving this ride a perfect rating is the constant breakdowns. 9/10 - Justin Knight
Excellent ride but the wait to get on was the longest of all the rides I went on while at Universal (and I had the Express Pass). Mechanical difficulties shut it down for about 20 minutes or so and I understand that this happens a lot with this ride. Regardless, the ride is thrilling and like so many of the rides at Universal, is longer than most rides at other parks that feel ridiculously short. The G forces can make the ride a bit uncomfortable at times. - Chris Connolly
One of my all time favorites... you have to ride this at night to get the full effect. Don't choose a song and you will get "Busy Child" by Crystal Method, which is perfect for this coaster. 10/10 - N B
Rip Ride Rockit succeeds not only as a good thrill ride, but as a roller coaster that is just plain entertaining. Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure's famous indoor themed rides are usually at the top of an enthusiast's list, but the Rockit really makes a valiant effort for the top spot. The thrills are all there: the high completely vertical first hill climb and intense following drop, riding through a hole in a building, and a few other really good drops and weaves. This description may make it sound like any other thrill coaster, and definitely one not on the level of a Cedar Fair ride. The thrills though are only part of the enjoyment. Picking a song to rock out to while riding the coaster, really adds an element of fun. The quality of the speaker system built into the ride's chair is top notch. Before your song comes through the speaker, a narrator of sorts speaks through it first. He gives a quick introduction, then the rides starts and your selected music track kicks in. He also talks to you once the ride is over. It may seem like a petty feature, but in those brief segments he is encouraging you to enjoy the ride, to get pumped up. It works. Even though the queue line is boring, the few short videos they show, all have the characters onscreen pumping you up for the ride. This is different from most of these kind of attractions, where they are trying to maximize on your fears of the ride. It all works out very well, as the Rockit is a thrill ride you rock out to. The coaster is also very, very smooth. There isn't a lot of jarring like you might get in rides like the Hulk. This smoothness of ride elevates this coaster even more. If you are a rock music lover, let me suggest Motley Crue's "Kickstart My Heart". That is a track that really makes this ride fun. 9 out of 10. - Joshua Bixler
Nice concept, but a bit rough and uncomfortable - Anthony Murphy
My favorite coaster at Universal. The vertical lift hill is absolutely thrilling and the rest of the coaster is a high speed good time. The icing on the cake is the pick your own song option. If you want further song choices look into the special codes you can type in. - Jeff Moon
More attraction and restaurant ratings:
Stories from a Theme Park Insider
What's it like to work in a theme park? Stories from a Theme Park Insider takes you inside the famous tunnels and backstage at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom for a look at how theme parks really work, sharing the funny moments and embarrassments that can happen when your job is someone else's vacation.
Order now: Kindle | iBooks | Paperback | Kindle (UK)
Theme Park Insider Guidebooks
Top U.S. Theme Parks
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Other Top International Parks
Readers' Top Themed Rides
Top Roller Coasters
Top Theme Park Shows
Features, News and Advice
2014 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
2013 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2012 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2011 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2010 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2009 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2008 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2007 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2006 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2005 Blog PostsDec.
2004-2005Staff column archive