In March 2008, Universal announced construction of their newest roller coaster, the Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit. Scheduled to open in Spring 2009, it will be the tallest (167 feet) and one of the fastest (65 mph) coasters in Orlando, and “the most technologically advanced coaster in the world.”
The ride will begin near the Blue Man Group theater, ascend a “record-breaking” vertical lift, and dive past a new Hollywood Bowl-styled concert stage being built between Jimmy Neutron and Twister. Other maneuvers will smash through the Twister queue facade and skirt the edge of CityWalk.
The ride, designed by German firm Maurer Söhne, introduces innovative elements like a “non-inverting loop,” and since it won’t go completely upside-down, riders will be restrained with only lap bars. The 12-passenger cars will be outfitted with state-of-the-art video and sound systems, allowing riders to select a personalized soundtrack, record footage of themselves riding, and take home a customized music video. No word yet on how much that might cost.
While construction had just begun at press time, Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit is sure to shake up USF’s attendance patterns, not to mention it’s skyline. Expect it to overtake The Simpsons Ride as the must-see attraction of Summer 2009, with wait times to match.
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