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|Incredible Hulk Coaster|
|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Designer / calculations||Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH|
|Type||Steel - Launched|
|Model / product||Sitting Coaster|
|Riders per train||32|
|Propulsion||Tire propelled launch|
Top speed67 mph
The Incredible Hulk Coaster is a steel launched roller coaster located at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, USA. It is named for the popular comic book superhero character, the Incredible Hulk.
It features an upwards tire propelled launch; however this was subcontracted to a separate company. It was the first and only launch on a Bolliger & Mabillard until the opening of Thunderbird at Holiday World.
A very similar, if not identical, roller coaster is under construction at Universal Studios Beijing.
History[edit | edit source]
In the early 1990s, Universal wanted to open a second theme park called Cartoon World. The centerpiece would be DC Super Hero Land. The area would feature a Batman vs. Penguin suspended coaster and a Superman motion simulator. Unfortunately, the plans were cancelled, as well as Cartoon World. Instead, Universal made an agreement with DC's competitor Marvel to create a new themed area. Cartoon World was later renamed Universal's Islands of Adventure. Marvel Super Hero Island would feature attractions themed to Spiderman and The Hulk.
A prototype launch system was designed in January 1995. The prototype consisted of a series of boxcars welded together to form a launch tunnel. A track-mounted dune buggy was then propelled inside the tunnel through the use of a weight drop launch mechanism. The designers then experimented with different rates of acceleration, each emitting between one and five times the force of gravity. The final system which was implemented on The Incredible Hulk Coaster sees trains launch from 0 to 40 mph per hour in 2 seconds. Riders travel at an angle of 30 degrees through a 150 foot long tunnel, pulling 1 G. To power this launch the designers investigated a variety of systems ranging from hydraulic, pneumatic, cable, steam catapult, and conveyor belt. In the end a drive tire system was selected, where 230 electrical motors power a set of tires that pinch the train's underside to provide propulsion. The system would require eight megawatts of power to launch a train. In order to reduce brownouts, the park built several customized motor generator sets with large flywheels.
Construction on The Incredible Hulk Coaster began in 1997. The ride officially opened on May 28, 1999, along with the park.
The Incredible Hulk Coaster was closed on September 7, 2015 for an overhaul. In late September, pieces of track were removed from the ride. By November, almost all of the ride had been removed, with only the enclosed lift hill and station left. It reopened in August 2016. Bolliger & Mabillard replaced the ride hardware. In January 2016, the new track and supports began to be built. In late March 2016, the ride's new track and supports were finished, and Universal moved on to thematic works. On May 19, 2016, the coaster began testing with its new track and trains. Two months later, on August 1, the ride began technical rehearsals in preparation for an official opening on August 4. The refurbishment involved new track, a new story, a new queue line and new launch effects.
Design[edit | edit source]
Ride experience[edit | edit source]
After the train departs the station, riders make a left turn and enter the gamma-ray accelerator. In the original version, the anxious voice of Bruce Banner was issued from speakers in the walls: "Everything looks good...I think...I think this time it's...going to work!" On speaker, a female voice announces that there was a malfunction. Klaxons began to sound inside the tube as Dr. Banner screamed in terror: "No. No! No!! No!!!" The last "No!" caused the train to launch. Currently, a female announcer is heard on speakers saying, "Initiating Gamma Exposure. Hulk Transformation: Accelerating. Do not be afraid." A few moments later, the train blasts from 0-40 mph in 2 seconds into a 110 foot tall zero-g roll. After this, the train drops 105 feet and reaches a max speed of 65 mph. Riders enter a cobra roll above the water, followed by a vertical loop. The train enters a tunnel and approaches a helix that wraps around the gamma-ray accelerator. The helix is followed by a corkscrew and a drop. This drop is followed by a second vertical loop and a few more turns. When riders hit the block brake, the train enters the last inversion, which is a second corkscrew. Riders then through a few turns, then passing sideways through an on-ride camera zone and then to the ride's final brake run leading to the station.
Trains[edit | edit source]
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Photo Gallery[edit | edit source]
Original[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.