Revenge of the Mummy reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Revenge of the Mummy, a roller coaster in New York at Universal Studios Florida. (The minimum height to ride is 48 inches.)
Written by Joe Lane
Upon entering Universal Studios Florida's Revenge of the Mummy, we find ourselves on the set of the new Mummy movie. Video clips on monitors tell us, through a mock documentary, that despite all the Hollywood magic, there are members of the crew that take the mummy's supposed curse VERY seriously. Many of them wear the symbol of the Med-Jai, the symbol of those warriors that protect 'the Creature' from being found, lest it be raised from the dead.
In a video interview shown through Revenge of the Mummy's queue, Mummy star Brendan Fraser dismisses the curse as some hokey nonsense. Deeper into the queue, we finda number of interactive artifacts along the way--items possibly from actual tombs? Perhaps unearthed and brought on the set of the movie to make it look more authentic? Not only does it look like we're wandering through an ancient Egyptian tomb, but it looks as if there may be more to this curse than meets the eye.
A quick jaunt up a flight of stairs brings us to the loading area, where Med-Jai guards take us to our mine carts (the carts seat sixteen guests: four rows, four riders to a row). Two loading stations are available to expedite the loading process.
The Revenge of the Mummy ride takes us through a mummy-infested tomb. We quickly discover that these mummies are tourists who have been recently mummified! As we turn the corner, we find one of the crewmembers wrapped up, trying to warn us that the curse is VERY real, but we realize it's too late as the mummy bursts forth from his sarcophagus.
In the next room, Imhotep's face appears on the wall, and he makes us an offer: Join him and receive vast riches or refuse and face a fate far worse than death. One moment, the room is lit up, full of chests of gold. The next moment, there are flames and six of Imhotep's guards suddenly surround the mine cart. We barely make it out of the chamber, dipping under a heavy stone slab. Suddenly, we've reached a dead end--and the room suddenly begins to fill with flesh-eating scarabs. Then, our mine cart rolls BACKWARDS and down a small hill. We briefly see the symbol of the Med-Jai before Imhotep's grotesque face appears again to taunt us.
Our cart rotates around and the dark ride portion ends and the roller coaster portion begins. With a fierce cry ("You're souls are MINE!"), we are launched into the mouth of the mummy and into complete darkness, chased by evil spirits the entire time.
And just when you think that Revenge of the Mummy is over... it isn't.
The more I ride this the greater it is. There's so much going on at such a fast pace, that repeat rides are needed to fully appreciate it.One of my top 10 theme park attractions. - Rob Pastor
One of the best rides I have ever been on. I would call it the best if it wasn't for Transformers 3D and The Simpsons Ride. 10/10. PS, RIP King Kong, or will he come back? - Jaiden Cohen
"The Mummy" is simple but a really fun and funny ride. The first time we went on it, it went by so fast that I didn't really get a chance to appreciate it. The second time we went on it, I really enjoyed it. There's so much going on but they pace it beautifully so you're never tempted to look at how the ride functions. Really fun ride but I would warn parents that if they have a child that frightens easily, this might not be the ride for them. There are some scary effects. - Chris Connolly
The dark ride portion of the ride is awesome but the coaster part is a bit much for me and my family. I wish Universal had a bit more dark rides only rides. - O T
One of the best dark rides in the world... sometimes there is a an element that doesn't work, otherwise this would be 10/10. - N B
What more could you ask for? Mummy offers a creepy queue, a well-themed dark ride section with physical effects (including fire!), a backwards drop, an uphill launch, a buttery smooth coaster section in the dark with actual airtime, a false ending, and even an on-ride photo. The smoothness of Mummy's coaster section makes WDW's Space Mountain look like a cruel joke. Points could be taken off for a shaky story and abrupt ending, but you wont have time to think about narrative with all the thrills this ride offers. 10/10 and one of the best attractions anywhere. - Josh Pearson
More attraction and restaurant ratings:
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
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