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
Universal's interactive outdoor roller coaster was supposed to debut in Spring 2009, but has been delayed due to construction difficulties. As of August 14, 2009, the ride was in previews for Universal Orlando employees, and on August 15 soft-opened to the public.
Riders will pick songs from one of five genres (classic rock, rap, country, pop and disco) that they want to hear while riding the coaster, which will have a top speed of 65 mph and go around and outside the entrance to Universal Studios Florida. Also while on your trip, on-board cameras will be recording your ride and will be making a music video of your ride for purchase.
Here is the song selection list:
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
Most people seem to think this coaster is really scary but it isnt. After you get through with the lift hill this ride really isnt so bad. Its a really fun coaster to ride. And the element of picking your song will insure multiple rides throughout the day. My 3 songs i love on the ride are Kickstart my Heart by Motley Crue, Bring Me to Life by Evanscence, and Sabotage by Beastie Boys. - Justin Knight
A ride that I didnt want to try do to the first lift. The first part would seem to be crazy, but it is very smooth and you do feel the gravity! Close your eyes if you want but this ride is a thrill! - B Higgins
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