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Revenge of the Mummy reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Revenge of the Mummy, a dark ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. (The minimum height to ride is 48 inches.)

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Posted: December 26, 2005

Within the walls of the former E.T. Adventure soundstage, visitors will find the most detailed queue Universal's ever offered in its Hollywood park. Take your time to stuff your hand in one of the holes in the wall, or, better yet, talk a squeamish friend into doing it instead. And don't rush past the preshow, even if you have the chance. The set-up you'll watch there will help you better appreciate and be thrilled by the effects that await you ahead.

Once in the heart's of Mummy's temple, riders board minimally-themed mining cars that whisk them through a what might best be described as a nightmare's version of Pirates of the Caribbean's grotto and treasure scenes. Decaying arms reach down toward your car as untold goo drips from the ceiling. As in Pirates, you pass the corpses to find immense treasure – riches that come with a curse. But unlike the Disney classic, you never find the "wink," that moment of self-deprecating humor that makes the attraction tolerable for young riders and perpetually amusing for the older ones.

Mummy takes itself quite seriously. This ride's as earnest as a state patrolman with a quota to fill. You'll find no dog with the keys to your freedom at the end of this ride. Nor will you find yourself accompanied by some smirking hitchhiking ghost. Not even Tinkerbell crashes into the wall in a gleeful dig at Universal's competition.

Mummy does not relent, even for a moment, in its attempt to scare your bodily fluids from you. Bugs crawl around your car. Thunder blasts all around you. Skeleton Warriors drop from the ceiling (but to the car's sides, not overhead, as earlier promised) as linear induction motors accelerate your car into the roller coaster section of the ride.

Mummy falls short of providing the legendary experience that will endear it to fans throughout the decade to come. This two-minute trip's simply too fast -- and too short -- for riders to comprehend fully its narrative. And Mummy's sensory effects are not intense enough to overcome their brevity.

The relatively small soundstage Universal Creative engineers had to work with in Hollywood doomed this version to fall short even of its larger Orlando sibling. Two fellow riders who'd been on Orlando's version reported that the Hollywood ride simply didn't match the length and intensity of the east coast edition.

At least this Mummy concludes with an exhilarating effect, engulfing passengers in steam and fire. But why must this, and every other recent major new attraction, be so short?

Kids looking for thrills won't care about such missed opportunities. This Mummy is fast. It's furious. Adrenaline-loving tweeners will declare it the coolest thing ever. (Well, until next summer's new thrill.)

Older, wiser riders will enjoy Mummy's impressive effects. With a few extra trips, perhaps they will grow in their respect and appreciation for the ride, as well. But it's doubtful that any but the most undemanding of those riders will ever fall in love with Revenge of the Mummy.

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39 votes, so far

Straight up, this is a really fun ride. The coaster part is fast and exciting and the backwards part is a nice twist. The dark-ride portion of the ride prior to the coaster section gives it an extra dimension not commonly seen on other similar rides. As with the rest of the lower lot, plan on riding this early in your day because more than likely you'll want to experience it again after you ride it once. - Manny Barron

A race through the darkness-with plenty of twists, turns, and surprises. If you can, ride more than once, and sit in both the front row and the back row. There is a difference! You don't need to know anything about The Mummy movies to enjoy the ride. I would recommend this ride. It's also indoors and the line is inside, in the air conditioning. - Lisa Jania

Whilst its not as long as the version in Orlando, I find the Hollywood version of this ride much more exciting. - nick stechman

It is really fast and fun. If you are looking for a theme or something like the rides at Magic Mountain or Knott's Berry Farm, you may disappointed though as the theme aspect is just OK and it is fairly intense but not as intense as Magic Mountain or Knott Berry Farm rides. - Alicia Pearce

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