Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

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Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
HollywoodRipRideRockitEntrance.jpg
Attraction entrance
Universal Studios Florida
Park section Production Central
Coordinates 28°28′31″N 81°28′09″W / 28.475211°N 81.469201°W / 28.475211; -81.469201Coordinates: 28°28′31″N 81°28′09″W / 28.475211°N 81.469201°W / 28.475211; -81.469201
Status Operating
Soft opening date August 16, 2009 (2009-08-16)[1]
Opening date August 19, 2009 (2009-08-19)
Cost US$ 45 million[2]
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Maurer Söhne
Designer Universal Creative
Model X-Car Music
Lift/launch system Vertical Lift
Height 167 ft (51 m)
Length 3,800 ft (1,200 m)
Speed 65 mph (105 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:45
Capacity 1850 riders per hour
Height restriction 51 in (130 cm)
Trains 7 trains with 2 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 12 riders per train.
Single rider line available
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at RCDB
Pictures of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at RCDB

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is a steel roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, Florida. With a height of 167 feet (51 m), a length of 3,800 feet (1,200 m), and a top speed of 65 miles per hour (105 km/h), it is the largest X-Coaster ever built by German manufacture Maurer Söhne.[3][4] It was announced on March 19, 2008 and officially opened on August 19, 2009 though originally planned to open in the spring of that year. Some of the special features of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is that riders are recorded during the entire 1 minute and 37 second ride and can choose one out of thirty songs to listen to during the experience.

History[edit]

Construction on vertical lift and first drop in April 2009.

During the second week of January 2008, Universal Parks & Resorts filed a Notice of Commencement with Orange County, Florida indicating that they were to construct a ride system that they had code-named "Project Rumble."[5] The notice also stated that the contractor was "Maurer Rides GmbH," located in Munich, Germany.[5]

After months of rumours, the new attraction was announced by Universal officials on March 19, 2008. Unlike usual announcements, officials did not reveal the specifications of the entire roller coaster. In the original press release, it stated that the roller coaster's vertical lift hill would be 167 feet (51 m) tall, and that the trains would reach a maximum speed of 65 miles per hour (105 km/h). The press release also mentioned that each train would be equipped with a multi-media package, LED lights, built in video recorders, and the option for riders to chose a song from a list to be played during the course of the ride. The ride would also include six near miss encounters. At the time, the new roller coaster was scheduled to open in Spring 2009.[6] Also, in the months after the announcement, Universal surveyed guests on what songs they think should be included in the roller coaster. Some of the song artist's that guests could chose from were: The Black Eyed Peas, The BeeGees, The Beach Boys, and Johnny Cash.[7]

Construction on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit began in May 2008 with preliminary land clearing.[8] The first track pieces were installed during the week of December 7, 2008.[9] In February 2009, Universal launched a website for the attraction, which included a construction blog and photographs chronicling progress of the attraction's construction.[10][11] The track layout was completed at the end of April 2009 with the crowning of the lift hill.[12][13]

In April 2009, Universal confirmed that the roller coaster would not open as originally planned and said it would open in the summer. Though Universal has never mentioned what the exact problem with the roller coaster was, it is believed by newspapers that issues with the anti-rollback devices on the lift hill that were not working correctly caused the delay.[2]

After the issues with the ride were resolved, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit began public previews in mid-August 2009.[14] On August 19, 2009, Universal Studios Florida officially opened the attraction.[15]

The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit as seen from Seuss Landing at Universal's Islands of Adventure.
A ride vehicle for "Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit", traversing the first "loop" element. The vehicle uses Maurer Söhne's X-Car Coaster design.
A train ascending the vertical lift.

Ride experience[edit]

Queue[edit]

Guest first enter into one of two queues; either the main queue, or the single rider queue. In both queue lines, there are several large screen displays that explain how to pick a song to play during the ride and important safety instructions. In the video, characters called "Video DJ's" are used as demonstrators to provide a visual explanation.[16][17]

Ride[edit]

The station for the roller coaster is quite different than traditional stations. As the train enters, it slows down but does not stop. There is a moving sidewalk on both sides of the station moving at the same speed as the train so riders can load and unload. Riders have about 45 seconds to take their seat, lower the lap-bar and make their song choice. After the restraints are checked, the train immediately begins to climb the 167-foot (51 m) vertical chain lift and the song that the rider picked begins to play while the on-ride video recorder begins recording. When the train reaches the top of the lift, it drops back to the ground reaching a maximum speed of 65 miles per hour (105 km/h). Following the drop, the train goes through a non-inverting loop (meaning that the train doesn't go through an inversion), which is nicknamed "The Double Take". Then the train makes an upward right turn into one of the several mid-course brakes. It then drops back down going through a hole in a wall before entering a left upward helix. This section of the coaster is nicknamed "The Treble Clef". Next the train enters a quick element nicknamed, "The Jump Cut" which is similar to a non-inverting corkscrew. The train then drops back down before climbing back up into the second mid-course brakes. Following a small drop to the left, it travels straight before making a right turn, followed by a left, and then another right leading into the third set of mid-course brakes. Another drop is followed by the brakes leading into an s-bend/turn. The train then travels into an inclined loop, then the train enters the fourth set of brakes after going back up. Finally, the train drops back down, and goes over a small hill before entering the final brake run where the train enters the station and the riders song ends.[3][16][18]

Track[edit]

The steel track of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is 3,800 feet (1,200 m) long in length, and the height of the lift is approximately 167 feet (51 m).[19] Because the lift hill is vertical, a special evacuation system is used in the event that a train stalls on the lift.[4] Also, the track is filled with sand and gravel to reduce the noise when a train is on the track.[16] Throughout the layout of the roller coaster, there are 5 sets of brakes to control the speed of the trains.[18]

Trains[edit]

The roller coaster operates with seven stadium-style seating X-Car trains. Each train has two cars that can hold six riders each for a total of twelve riders per train.[19] On the head rest of each seat there are two speakers that play music during the ride. The speakers have been designed so that only the rider's selected music track will be audible. On the restraint is a small touch screen where riders can choose which song they want to listen to during the ride. Additionally, the trains are equipped with multi-coloured lights that can be seen during the night.[16]


Musical selections[edit]

The initial announcement just said that there would be 5 categories of songs. The full track list was not released until July 6, 2009, with Universal Studios Florida unveiling thirty songs (6 in each category) that can be played during the ride.[20]

After riders board the train and lower their restraint, attached to the restraint is a small screen containing the logo of the ride and five categories of songs the rider can pick from. The song that the rider picked begins as the train climbs the vertical lift hill. Depending on the song, it may not begin at the beginning and end early as the total cycle time of the roller coaster is 1 minute and 39 seconds.[16]

Classic rock and heavy metal
Song Artist(s)
Bring Me to Life Evanescence
Paralyzer Finger Eleven
Born to be Wild Hinder (a cover version of the song originally performed by Steppenwolf)
Rollin' Limp Bizkit
Kickstart My Heart Mötley Crüe
Gimme All Your Lovin' ZZ Top
Club and electronica
Song Artist(s)
Intergalactic Beastie Boys
Busy Child The Crystal Method
Keep Hope Alive The Crystal Method
Harder Better Faster Stronger Daft Punk
Pump Up the Volume MARRS
Le Disko Shiny Toy Guns
Country music
Song Artist(s)
Midnight Rider The Allman Brothers Band
The Devil Went Down to Georgia The Charlie Daniels Band
Guitars, Cadillacs Dwight Yoakam
I Can Sleep When I'm Dead Jason Michael Carroll
Living in Fast Forward Kenny Chesney
All Night Long Montgomery Gentry
Rap and hip-hop
Song Artist(s)
Sabotage Beastie Boys
Don't Phunk with My Heart The Black Eyed Peas
Pump It The Black Eyed Peas
Insane in the Brain Cypress Hill
Stronger Kanye West
Rock Star N.E.R.D.
Pop music and disco
Song Artist(s)
Bad Girls Donna Summer
Glamorous Fergie
I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor
That's the Way (I Like It) KC and the Sunshine Band
U Can't Touch This MC Hammer
Hella Good No Doubt

Hidden Song Selections[edit]

In addition to these 30 songs, Universal Studios Florida also provided additional "hidden" songs that are available to riders, but are not included in the queue video.[21]

To access these songs, after lowering the restraint, on the screen, riders must push and hold the logo of the ride for approximately ten seconds. When they release their finger, a number pad will then show up. Entering a three digit code will allow the rider to listen to the song that the code corresponds to.[21][22]

Awards[edit]

Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Best steel-Tracked Roller Coaster[23]
Year 2009 2010 2011 2012
Ranking 59 71 No poll 112

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bevil, DeWayne (2009-08-16). "Theme Park Ranger takes ride on Universal's new roller coaster, the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b Garcia, Jason (June 27, 2009). "New Universal coaster spinning its wheels". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on June 30, 2009. Retrieved June 28, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Bevil, Dewayne (2009-04-23). "Universal pushes back opening of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  4. ^ a b Maurer Söhne; Universal Parks & Resorts (2008-08-01). "Worldwide Highest Vertical Lift: Record-Breaking, Multi-Sensory Roller Coaster (Press Release)". Roller Coaster Database. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  5. ^ a b "Universal Orlando's 'Project Rumble". NewsPlusNotes. January 12, 2008. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ Roller Coaster Database (2008-03-19). "Universal Orlando Resort Announces Brand-New Roller Coaster (Press Release)". Roller Coaster Database. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  7. ^ Powers, Scott (2008-08-27). "Musical choices for Universal's next roller coaster, the Rockit". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  8. ^ "Rip Ride Rockit Construction Photos (page 75)". Orlando Rocks. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit is Vertical". NewsPlusNotes. December 11, 2008. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ URLwire. "Site Follows Progress of Universal Studios Hollywood Rip Ride RockIT Roller Coaster". urlwire.com. Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  11. ^ "Rockit's New Website". NewsPlusNotes. February 21, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Rip Ride Rockit Construction Photos (page 22)". Orlando Rocks. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Rockit Complete". NewsPlusNotes. May 1, 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Universal Studios’ Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster finally opens to guests – Video and Photos". Orlando Attractions Magazine. 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  15. ^ "Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster now officially open". Orlando Attractions Magazine. August 19, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c d e Bevil, Dewayne (2009-06-16). "Universal shares Rip Ride Rockit coaster details". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  17. ^ "Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Queue Video". coastercrew (YouTube). July 1, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit Front Seat on-ride POV Universal Studios Florida". wwwCOASTERFORCEcom (YouTube). November 7, 2009. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  19. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  20. ^ Bevil, Dewayne (2009-07-06). "Universal announces Rockit playlist featuring Beasties, Peas, KC". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  21. ^ a b Matt (2009-08-20). "Hidden songs confirmed on Rip Ride Rockit coaster". Orlando Attractions Magazine. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  22. ^ "Rip Ride Rockit Bonus Tracks". MookieMovies (YouTube). August 25, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  23. ^ Hawker, Mitch. "Steel Roller Coaster Poll 13 Year Results Table (1999–2013)". Best Roller Coaster Poll. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 

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