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Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
Attraction entrance
Universal Studios Florida
LocationUniversal Studios Florida
Park sectionProduction Central
Coordinates28°28′30″N 81°28′06″W / 28.4749°N 81.4683°W / 28.4749; -81.4683Coordinates: 28°28′30″N 81°28′06″W / 28.4749°N 81.4683°W / 28.4749; -81.4683
Soft opening dateAugust 16, 2009 (2009-08-16)[1]
Opening dateAugust 19, 2009 (2009-08-19)
CostUS$ 45,000,000[2]
General statistics
ManufacturerMaurer AG
DesignerUniversal Creative
ModelX-Car / Music
Lift/launch systemChain lift
Height167 ft (51 m)
Length3,800 ft (1,200 m)
Speed65 mph (105 km/h)
Capacity1,850 riders per hour
Height restriction51–79 in (130–201 cm)
Trains7 trains with 2 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 12 riders per train.
Single rider line available
Must transfer from wheelchair
Closed captioning 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 manufacturer Maurer Söhne.[5][6] Announced on March 19, 2008, the coaster officially debuted on August 19, 2009, despite original plans to open several months earlier in the spring. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit features on-ride music LED lighting, and on-ride photos and videos captured from cameras mounted in each passenger row.


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."[7] The notice also stated that the contractor was "Maurer Rides GmbH," located in Munich, Germany.[7]

The new attraction was officially announced by Universal Studios on March 19, 2008.[8] Although the layout was not revealed, the original press release 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).[8] It 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 choose a song from a list to be played during the course of the ride.[8] The ride would also include six near miss encounters.[8] At the time, the new roller coaster was scheduled to open in Spring 2009.[8] Also, in the months after the announcement, Universal Studios surveyed guests on what songs they think should be included in the roller coaster. Some of the artists that guests could choose from were: The Black Eyed Peas, Bee Gees, The Beach Boys, and Johnny Cash.[9]

The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and Seuss Landing as seen from Toon Lagoon at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida on May 27, 2011.

Construction began in May 2008 with preliminary land clearing, which caused the removal of some of Twister...Ride it Out's outdoor extended queue.[10] The first track pieces were installed during the week of December 7, 2008.[11] In February 2009, Universal launched a website for the attraction, which included a construction blog and photographs chronicling progress of the attraction's construction.[12][13] The track layout was completed at the end of April 2009 with the crowning of the lift hill.[14][15]

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.[16] On August 19, 2009, Universal Studios Florida officially opened the attraction.[17] It continued to experience technical issues early on after opening. A number of its features worked sporadically or not at all. There were also operational issues, such as slower-than-expected loading times that diminished capacity and led to long lines. One of the notable complaints was the rough ride experience, especially for guests sitting in the back seat.[18]

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit closed indefinitely in September 2010. Maurer issued an alert warning that stress testing of its X-Car ride vehicles had found that the coupling bars holding the trains together would not be "fatigue endurable."[19] It eventually reopened on October 28, 2010, with refurbished trains to improve the ride experience.[20]

Ride experience[edit]


Guests first enter into one of three queues; either the main queue, the express queue, or the single rider queue. As of 2015, riders must pass through a metal detector in order to board, and may not board with any loose items on their person or in pockets. Lockers are provided for storage of these items.[21] In each of the 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.[3][22]


A train ascending the vertical lift.
A ride vehicle for "Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit", traversing the first "loop" element. The vehicle uses Maurer Söhne's X-Car Coaster design.

The station for the roller coaster is a unique design, in which trains enter and slow down but do not stop. There is a moving sidewalk on both sides that moves at the same speed as the train allowing riders to board. Riders have approximately 30 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 selected by the rider begins to play. The on-ride video recorder also 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). The train then enters a non-inverting loop nicknamed "The Double Take", followed by an upward right turn into one of the several mid-course brakes. It drops back down, going through a hole in a wall before entering a left, upward helix section of the coaster that is nicknamed "The Treble Clef". Next the train enters a quick element nicknamed "The Jump Cut", a non-inverting corkscrew. This is followed by a large dip that takes the train into a second set of mid-course brakes. Following a small drop to the left, the track straightens for a moment before making a right turn, a left turn, and then another right leading into the third set of mid-course brakes. An s-bend turn follows, which leads the train into an inclined loop and a fourth set of brakes. Finally, the train drops once more, travels over a small hill, and then enters the final brake run as the song playing ends.[5][3][23]


The steel track of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is 3,800 feet (1,200 m) long, and the height of the lift is approximately 167 feet (51 m).[24] Because the lift hill is vertical, a special evacuation system is used in the event that a train stalls on the lift.[6] Also, the track is filled with sand and gravel to reduce the noise when a train is on the track.[3] Throughout the layout of the roller coaster, there are 6 sets of brakes to control the speed of the trains.[23]


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.[24] On the headrest 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-colored lights that can be seen during the night.[3]

Musical selections[edit]

The initial announcement just said that there would be 5 categories of songs. The full tracklist 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.[25]

A touchscreen is built into the restraint on each seat. Once riders board the train and lower the restraint, they may use this screen to select one of the five music categories, then one of the six songs in the chosen category. If the rider fails to make a selection within 30 seconds, a song will be chosen at random. The chosen song begins as the train climbs the vertical lift hill. Some soundtracks begin partway into the full-length song, or end early, since the total ride time is 1 minute and 39 seconds.[3]

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

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.[26]

In order to access these songs, the rider must press and hold the ride logo on the touch screen for 10 seconds after lowering the restraint. The list of song categories will then be replaced by a 10-digit keypad, on which the rider can enter a three-digit code for the desired song.[26][27]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bevil, DeWayne (August 16, 2009). "Theme Park Ranger takes ride on Universal's new roller coaster, the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 17, 2009.
  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 c d e f Bevil, Dewayne (June 16, 2009). "Universal shares Rip Ride Rockit coaster details". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 17, 2009.
  4. ^ Complete Guide to Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios Florida
  5. ^ a b Bevil, Dewayne (April 23, 2009). "Universal pushes back opening of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 23, 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Worldwide Highest Vertical Lift: Record-Breaking, Multi-Sensory Roller Coaster" (Press release). Roller Coaster Database. August 1, 2008. Archived from the original on September 28, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Universal Orlando's 'Project Rumble". NewsPlusNotes. January 12, 2008. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d e Roller Coaster Database (March 19, 2008). "Universal Orlando Resort Announces Brand-New Roller Coaster (Press Release)". Roller Coaster Database. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
  9. ^ Powers, Scott (August 27, 2008). "Musical choices for Universal's next roller coaster, the Rockit". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on September 14, 2008. Retrieved August 27, 2008.
  10. ^ "Rip Ride Rockit Construction Photos (page 75)". Orlando Rocks. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  11. ^ "Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit is Vertical". NewsPlusNotes. December 11, 2008. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  12. ^ URLwire. "Site Follows Progress of Universal Studios Hollywood Rip Ride RockIT Roller Coaster". Retrieved February 28, 2009.
  13. ^ "Rockit's New Website". NewsPlusNotes. February 21, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  14. ^ "Rip Ride Rockit Construction Photos (page 22)". Orlando Rocks. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  15. ^ "Rockit Complete". NewsPlusNotes. May 1, 2009. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  16. ^ "Universal Studios' Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster finally opens to guests – Video and Photos". Orlando Attractions Magazine. August 15, 2009. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2009.
  17. ^ "Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster now officially open". Orlando Attractions Magazine. August 19, 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  18. ^ "Mystery swirls around Universal's closed roller coaster".
  19. ^ "Universal's Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster closed indefinitely".
  20. ^ "Rip Ride Rockit Now Re-open! - Orlando Tourist Tips".
  21. ^ "Metal detectors become permanent at 3 Universal rides".
  22. ^ "Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Queue Video". coastercrew (YouTube). July 1, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  23. ^ a b "Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit Front Seat on-ride POV Universal Studios Florida". wwwCOASTERHorsecom (YouTube). November 7, 2009. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  24. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  25. ^ Bevil, Dewayne (July 6, 2009). "Universal announces Rockit playlist featuring Beasties, Peas, KC". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2009.
  26. ^ a b Matt (August 20, 2009). "Hidden songs confirmed on Rip Ride Rockit coaster". Orlando Attractions Magazine. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  27. ^ "Rip Ride Rockit Bonus Tracks". MookieMovies (YouTube). August 25, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2012.

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