|Click here to watch the on-ride POV|
|The non inverting loop element|
|Manufacturer||Maurer Rides GmbH|
|Riders per train||12|
|Propulsion||Vertical chain lift hill|
|Top speed||65 mph|
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is a steel roller coaster located in Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, Florida, USA. Riders get to choose their own track of music to listen to on the ride. It reaches 167 feet tall and is the first roller coaster to feature a non inverting loop. While on the ride, a video is taken of the guests and the person next to them. They can buy a picture, the video and an animated e-mail of the ride upon exiting. It is the largest X-Car coaster ever built.
In March 2008, Universal Studios Florida announced the addition of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit was planned to open in the spring of 2009, but the opening was delayed. The attraction first opened to guests for "technical rehearsals" in the evening of August 15, 2009. It officially opened a few days later on August 19.
The ride received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the unique elements, but criticized the rough ride, theming and the amount of brake runs. A number of its features were barely working. There were other operational issues, such as slower-than-expected loading times that diminished capacity and led to long lines.
In September 2010, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit was shut down indefinitely. Maurer had issued an alert warning that stress testing of their X-Car ride vehicles had found that the coupling bars holding the trains together wouldn't be fatigue endurable. The attraction eventually reopened on October 28, 2010 with refurbished trains to improve the ride experience.
For the 2015 season, metal detectors were added to the queue line, along with The Incredible Hulk Coaster and Dragon Challenge.
In early 2017, trim brakes were added to the first drop.
Before entering the queue line, all guests must walk through a metal detector. Free lockers are provided for mobile phones as they are not permitted on the ride. While queuing, videos explaining how to select a song are shown to guests.
In the station, the ride operators aim to never stop a train. Guests board the ride via a moving platform, whose speed is synchronized with the trains. Once seated, guests select a song using a touchscreen. As the train leaves the station, the choices are locked - a random song is selected for those who fail to choose.
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit begins with a vertical lift which peaks at a height of 167 feet. While the ride has a vertical lift hill, it does not contain a vertical drop. A rather less-steep initial drop leads into the non inverting loop. A number of twists and four mid-course brakes follow, offering a good view of the park.
At the end of the ride, riders disembark via another moving platform. At the exit, guests are offered a "music video" consisting of clips of them experiencing the ride. Although, at the beginning of the ride, riders are able to instead select secret songs that require a three-digit code to be entered. The rider does this by holding down the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit logo for 10 seconds, and then a ten-digit keypad will appear on the screen. Riders then enter the three-digit code, and the secret song will play once the ride begins. This does not include the music video, however.
7 trains with 2 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows, for a total of 12 riders per train.
The ride uses X-Car trains which feature large lap bar restraints. Embedded in each restraint is a touch screen which allows riders to choose the music they wish to listen to on the ride.
- ↑ https://www.universalorlando.com/Rides/Universal-Studios-Florida/Hollywood-Rip-Ride-Rockit-Roller-Coaster.aspx
- ↑ "'Rockit' will roll 'em at Universal". https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-xpm-2008-03-19-universal19-story.html.
- ↑ "Universal pushes back opening of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster". https://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/orl-story-universal-hollywood-rip-ride-rockit-story.html.
- ↑ Universal Studios' Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster finally opens to guests – Video and Photos - Attractions Magazine (Wayback archive)
- ↑ Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster now officially open - Attractions Magazine
- ↑ "Mystery swirls around Universal’s closed roller coaster". https://www.palmbeachpost.com/article/20101014/NEWS/812028257.
- ↑ "Universal's Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster closed indefinitely". https://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/os-xpm-2010-09-20-os-universal-rip-ride-rockit-closed-20100920-story.html.
- ↑ "Rip Ride Rockit Now Re-open! - Orlando Tourist Tips". http://orlandotouristtips.com/rip-ride-rockit-reopens-1477.
- ↑ Metal detectors become permanent at 3 Universal rides
- ↑ "Tweet from bioreconstruct". https://twitter.com/bioreconstruct/status/847598542386581504.
- ↑ "The Rough History of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit | Expedition Universal Studios Florida". Expedition Theme Park. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7akL6ybbM8.
- Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
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