2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Universal Studios Florida's Revenge of the Mummy

March 3, 2010, 11:56 AM · Universal Studios Florida's Revenge of the Mummy joins the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament as the third seed in the Best Themed Ride bracket.

Universal Studios Florida's Revenge of the Mummy

Revenge of the Mummy is our defending champion, having won last year's Best Ride in American Tournament. (Makes you wonder what the top two seeds in this bracket are, huh? Hmmm....) The fusion dark ride/Premier Rides roller coaster also won the 2004 Theme Park Insider Award for Best New Attraction of that year.

Clearly, Theme Park Insider readers like this ride.

If you're not among those who've ridden, here's the deal: You've entered the soundstage of the new "Mummy" film, walking among some of the props brought to the set. The crew's a bit skittish, though, with many believing that the production is cursed. Mummy star Brendan Fraser appears on screen to assure us all's well and we board our carts for a tour of the set.

And, then, say it with me now... something goes terribly wrong. Those mummies you see? Actual tourists, victims of Imhotep. A missing crew member tries to warn us away, but then Imhotep's upon us, offering us a choice of riches or eternal suffering.

Hey, that loot looks pretty nice... but no! Too late; it's into the soul-sucking vortex we go, on a swift roller coaster ride through the darkened mummy's tomb. And just when you think the ride is over...

It isn't. :-)

A shorter, modified version of Revenge of the Mummy plays at Universal Studios Hollywood and a third version of the ride will debut soon at Universal Studios Singapore.

What's your take on Revenge of the Mummy? Please share your thoughts, in the comments.

Replies (14)

March 3, 2010 at 12:05 PM · I love this ride. Its my favorite at Universal Studios/IOA. The changes of direction, the incorporation of themed elements. It all makes for a fantastic thrill!
March 3, 2010 at 12:39 PM · Although I enjoy this ride, I find it overrated. The animatronic character is impressive, and I love the fake ending (regardless of its obviousness), but I dislike the inanimate guards in the gold room and I especially hate the strobe-lit, glow-painted cutout characters in the coaster section. Pure cheese.

Still, it earns an 8-Commendable, if only for the animatronic, fire ceiling, and coaster elements.

[Edit]: I forgot, too, about the poor line management this attraction has. On several occasions, I've witnessed full groups in the singles line get an entire row to themselves, which keeps their group together and completely eliminates the point of a singles line.

March 3, 2010 at 1:10 PM · I know we all have our favorites and stuff on this site and some of us just do not like rides for one reason or another.

This is the ride I do not like.

Now it has nothing to do with it being Universal. The missing attraction on these nominees, if I am paying attention, is also a Universal ride and still one of the best rides out there.

I just feel that this ride was trying to do too much and fails on both attributes. I think that it is a subpar roller coaster experience which pales in comparison to Universal's other coasters (Hulk, Dueling Dragons, etc) and its competitors (Rockin Roller Coaster comes to mind). I also believe that this is supposed to be a "rough dark ride" as I am going to call it (like Dinosaur, Indy,etc), but I feel that its subpar in that attribute as well. One example is when given the choice between Wealth or Death, the Mummy Guards are just stationary figures that pop up.

I know I am in extreme minority on TPI, especially since this won last year. Its good to disagree once in awhile with TPI as I found that I had a very different view on DCA when I visited it in 2005.

One of the other reasons why I think it won last year was there were so many angry regulars of TPI that could not believe that Tower of Terror and Spiderman were knocked out by relative unknown roller coasters jammed through by CP fans.

Lets hope that this gets beaten by the Jungle Cruise (that was for you Rao!) :)

March 3, 2010 at 3:42 PM · Personally, I love this ride and think it's the perfect darkride/coaster hybrid. I first rode it during the Halloween event at Universal Florida a few years ago and I was blown away. It's the first time I've ever been actually a bit scared on a ride of this type because I had no idea what it was going to do next. It could go backwards, rotate on its axis or speed up instantly and plung into GREEN FOG! I thought the theme was well done, and the ride exciting.
March 3, 2010 at 4:51 PM · The day the Jungle Snooze bests RotM is the day I hand in my Official TPI Badge and Revolver once and for all. I love this ride! Revenge of the Mummy is a truly great attraction, one that hits you in all the right places on every level of the entertainment scale. Themed to near-perfection, the ride is equal parts chilling, thrilling, funny, and unique. RotM is the type of attraction that puts the "THEME" in Theme Park. Only a lunging, A-mode Yeti could give this masterpiece a run for its money. Outstanding!
March 3, 2010 at 5:21 PM · This ride is all sorts of awesome. I was pleased when this ride won the tourney last year, just because it is so fun. The theming really is immersive and i love the fake ending with the fire ceiling. The coaster part is sweet as well. If it wasn't for a wall-crawling photographer next door to RotM, this would be my favorite to win this category.
March 3, 2010 at 5:26 PM · first time i rode this ride i didnt think to much of it, but then again it was at HHN and i was piss drunk. I rode it again sober and now i think its pretty darn good. The mummy animatronic is hot, the fake ending is unique, and i think the coaster elements are better than rockin roller coaster (except for the initial launch.)Overall more thrilling than spiderman, which is a little overrated.

Mum(my)s' the WORD!!!!!!!!!

March 4, 2010 at 1:07 AM · I can't believe I didn't think to write, "WORD to the mummy". You're the man, Luis.
March 4, 2010 at 1:55 AM · This ride isn't blazingly original (it's a cross between Indiana Jones Adventure and Rock n' Roller Coaster) but it's quite a terrific package, with lots or rerideability. Also the Imhotep AA is on a par with some of the best Disney AAs. One of the top rides at Universal.
March 4, 2010 at 3:42 AM · This ride has a number of really good elements to it. The surprise ending, which has been mentioned already, is just one of them.
The theming is good ( hard to go wrong with such a strong topic ) and the ride itself is fast and furious with above average animatronics.

If I had one small criticism it would be, and I can see one or two of you waiting to pounce,that it can be a bit too rough. To qualify that I mean that your head gets thrown around a lot more than some other coasters.
I did see some other riders rubbing the backs of their necks too when they got off at the end.

So my advice would be: if you don't like your head being bashed around don't go running to Mummy.

March 4, 2010 at 9:28 AM · A brilliant attraction that deserves to do well.

A great mix of theme and thrill that attracts guests of varying ages and tastes.

However, I'm going to stick my neck on the line here and say Tower is going to win this bracket.

March 4, 2010 at 3:32 PM · UO almost never has all of the animotronics operating. Which kills the show for the veteran riders. I wish they could combine the Hollywood's backwards portion with Orlando's launch and fake ending. Then ROTM would be the perfect attraction.
March 5, 2010 at 4:50 PM · You got to be kidding Anthony Murphy, it took 4 years to grow a forest like this ride and one statement to burn it down. You must be looking for attention, well you have it.

The buildings audio system uses 200 speakers and produces 18,000 watts of audio. The ride's effects are triggered precisely on time with the aid of sensors and a computer that takes each car's weight into account to calculate the timing.

Approximately every 24 seconds the ride's power requirement is a 5 Megawatt spike, roughly the power consumed by 1000 houses.

The ride capacity is approximately 2000 people per hour for a 4 minute ride in the $40 million
There are 13 ride vehicles in the attraction, 11 in operation, 1 spare, and 1disassembled for inspection and refurbishment. The ride can have 5 cars running inside the attraction at one time.

Fake Unload Station- As the strobe lights and smoke obscure the front of the "control booth", the translucent glass window slides down and a "broken" window slides up revealing a figure of Imhotep. The fire that erupts from the ceiling is very real. It is an effect known as "Brain Fire". The flames are fueled by natural gas and have a temperature at the ceiling level of about 3,200�. At the riders head level it is 107�. (Fire codes allow up to 110�) chairs to easily transfer to the seat. Each ride car contains a 350 watt digital audio system that uses 22 speakers.

"Death Is Only The Begining"' "Pre-pare To Forfit Your Souls"

The Best show on rails period.

March 7, 2010 at 1:28 PM · Nothing like a little cuttin' and pastin', eh Greg?


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