Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit lights up the night at Universal Orlando
Update on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
Testing and training is in full gear for Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, the new roller coaster set to debut very soon at Universal Studios Florida. In the past few days numerous videos showed up on YouTube showing off the new super bright LED Lights the coaster will feature. Have a look for yourselves.
As a note, the lift is very loud. Hopefully this will turn out to be just a part of the testing phase and will turn out to be similar to the Dueling Dragons where as you wait for the other coaster car the lift sounds louder than if you are moving faster. If you time the car from the bottom to the top it is more than the previously said 15 seconds it will take to reach the top of the vertical lift.
Keep your eye out for news of the highly anticipated soft openings to be coming very soon.
Didn't Universal/Maurer Söhne have to scrap the original
I am starting to get a bad feeling for this coaster. The ride itself seems pretty sedate and the major selling point of playing your music has become limited. I mean 30 songs! Isn't Universal Music Group part of NBC Universal? I am sure they could get thousands of songs from that subsidiary for dirt cheap or free.
Remember, Universal Orlando's only
If the lift doesn't speed up thought it will be a very very very uncomfortable ride up the hill to the top for guests.
The lift looks a little strange to me!
I really hope it opens before the end of July..
The initial drop looks too short to carry enough momentum to clear the first loop/inversion comfortably, and the rest of the ride looks too slow to achieve the thrill-factor most of us would be looking for in this ride.
Poor music, poor aesthetics, and an unbearably slow lift hill. Boy, this ride is shaping up.
Apparently HRRR will open later into the night, so CityWalk guests can ride it (And pay a little extra $$$)..
Given those business realities, I wonder if the coaster would have been better served being tied to one band/performer. I feel a Queen coaster would be better than this smattering of tunes. Heck, maybe they could just let you attach your own iPod. Okay, maybe not. How about paying a quarter for any song you choose? I don't know. There had to have been a better alternative than 30 songs.
Local Radio Station Real Radio 104.1 is scheduled to do a live show at Universal Studios Florida at 6 AM for their morning show on July 22, 2009. I hope this means this could be the opening date or at least a sign that the ride will be operating by that day at the very latest.
The ride looks incredible short! Don't think I will be in a hurry to go back to Orlando. I might go on it when I go for Harry Potter world though.
Its certainly not short. Lots of hidden track behind the twister building!
If think that 30 songs is enoughbeacuse if you have a whole library to choose from people wouldn't be quick enough AS you choose the song once onto the car not while you are in queue so 30 songs would make the decision process easier and quicker. Also, they couldn't have aerosmith because its already used for disney's rock n rollercoaster. But it has to be said the vertical lift does look painfully slow but its all part of the experience.
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