Experience Universal’s Rip Ride Rockit From Your Couch

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We make no apologies and pretty much shout about it daily that Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios is one of our favourite coaster ever…

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Reaches top speeds of 65 mph and towering 17 stories over Universal Studios Florida, Rip Ride Rockit features six near-miss moments and a record-breaking loop. On top of this you can also sit back and listen to your favourite tunes 🙂

Don’t believe me!? Well check out this first person video shot using six GoPro cameras tactically rigged and synchronised to provide an electrifying 360-degree virtual reality experience!!!

All six cameras are expertly stitched and blended together to give you a seamless ride that launches you 17 stories high at 65 miles-per-hour and gives you a view of the park that nobody has ever seen…

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Universal Orlando Introduce Metal Detectors For The Hulk Coaster & Rip Ride Rockit

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We’ve received unofficial word (Note: Now confirmed by Universal Orlando) that Universal Orlando have today completed the installation of metal detectors at two of its most popular rides.  Twitter was awash with conversation regarding the new additions at both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.

The two coasters to receive the upgrade are said to be, The Hulk Coaster at Islands and Rip Ride Rockit at Studio’s. During my recent visit to Orlando I did note that staff were manning the Rip Ride Rockit entrance asking customer to remove all items from their pockets, this is obviously an attempt by Universal to minimise the risk of injury on these huge rides.

You’ll probably recall that Dragon’s Challenge (formally Dueling Dragons) unique point was the crossover section where the two coasters come extremely close to each other, this was scaled back and each coaster was set at different run times after a few riders reported injuries caused by items falling from customers pockets. Universal wisely acted quickly to prevent this.

Reading through conversations regarding the introduction of the metal detectors people seem in one of two camps, firstly those who feel this is on par with going through airport security and a bit of a liberty and the second bunch being those who believe this is a good thing and hope to see this rolled out throughout the park.

We’ve yet to hear anything official from Universal (Update: Universal have now confirmed the testing of metal detectors) regarding the introduction but I think its safe to say that the introduction is purely for visitor safety. I’ll update the post when we hear more.

UPDATE: Universal’s spokesman Tom Schroder has confirmed that they are testing the use of metal detectors at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, as an enhanced approach to their safety program. The use of metal detectors will help Universal staff identify items that visitors will be asked to secure before riding. Lockers will be available.

Visitors will walk through the metal detectors if something is detected then a nearby Universal employee will use a metal detector wand to locate the item which can then be secured.

Schroder was keen to point out this is only in the testing stage at present.

Smiles included…

Jamie

12 Get Stuck On Universal Studios Rip Ride Rockit

Morning Thrill Seekers,

By now you will probably have read about Rip Ride Rockit rip_rocketbreakdown yesterday at Universal Studios leaving 12 people trapped 150 foot in the air for approximately 2 and half hours. There were actually a few coasters stuck on the track but all but one of them were easily accessible by staff who managed to get them off without to much fuss.

The incident occurred at around 7pm because of a technical glitch, the computer system that monitors the ride went in to safety mode, which literally locks down the ride to prevent injury.

Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said;

We spent a lot of that time talking to the passengers and trying to make them as comfortable as we could

No one was injured during the glitch however one woman was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure after she complained of a sore neck.

Universal has promised a full investigation into how the error occurred, they did not confirm how long Rip Ride Rockit would be out of action for.

Being stuck on a coaster must be up there with one of the more scary things that could happen at a theme park, knowing how to react is important, Orlando Attraction Tickets in 2010 put together a quick guide on what to do if you’re stuck on a Roller Coaster.

Remember these types of incidents are very rare and I think you’ll agree its good to see that Universal’s fail safes are working.

Regards,

Jamie

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Rip Ride Rockit Play List

As we reported yesterday the Rip Ride Rockit is now back open at Universal Orlando, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to recap this great ride.

Riders of the Rip Ride Rockit have access to a touchpad mounted on the lap bar, which allows you to select your own music. Riders can choose their favorite genre – Classic Rock/Metal, Rap/Hip-Hop, Club/Electronica, Pop/Disco or Country – and then pick a song. Each seat is outfitted with individual stereo speakers so guests can rock out to 90 decibels of music – and yet never hear the songs playing for other riders. Your song pick will be the soundtrack to your ride and to a music video you can purchase that uses on- and off-board cameras to mix music, moves and special effects.

Music List

Classic Rock/Metal

  • “Born to Be Wild” – Hinder
  • “Bring Me to Life” – Evanescence
  • “Gimme All Your Lovin’” – ZZ Top
  • “Kickstart My Heart” – Motley Crue
  • “Paralyzer” – Finger Eleven
  • “Rollin’” – Limp Bizkit

Rap/Hip-Hop

  • “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” – Black Eyed Peas
  • “Insane in the Brain” – Cypress Hill
  • “Pump It” – Black Eyed Peas
  • “Rock Star” – N.E.R.D.
  • “Sabotage” – Beastie Boys
  • “Stronger” – Kanye West

Club/Electronica

  • “Busy Child” – The Crystal Method
  • “Harder Better Faster Stronger” – Daft Punk
  • “Intergalactic” – Beastie Boys
  • “Keep Hope Alive” – The Crystal Method
  • “Le Disko” – Shiny Toy Guns
  • “Pump Up the Volume” – MARRS

Pop/Disco

  • “Bad Girls” – Donna Summer
  • “Glamorous” – Fergie
  • “Hella Good” – No Doubt
  • “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
  • “That’s the Way (I Like It)” – KC and the Sunshine Band
  • “U Can’t Touch This” – MC Hammer

Country

  • “All Night Long” – Montgomery Gentry
  • “Guitars, Cadillacs” – Dwight Yoakam
  • “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” – Jason Michael Carroll
  • “Living in Fast Forward” – Kenny Chesney
  • “Midnight Rider” – The Allman Brothers
  • “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” – The Charlie Daniels Band

Rip Ride Rockit Closed

The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida will remain closed indefinitely, it was confirmed on Monday.

Universal Officials claim that the unscheduled closure has nothing to do with the  safety warning from Maurer Sohne, the German steel company that makes the ride’s vehicles. Who stated that the coupling used to hold the vehicle together may not be fatigue endurable.

Universal Orlando said the safety concerns from Maurer Sohne would have been addressed soon after the memo’s release and the ride’s closure was not related to the safety bulletin. However, Maurer Sohne said the repair solution or new design would not be available for two to three months.

Universal closed the attraction last Wednesday and said it was undergoing unrelated maintenance. It said the closure was temporary.

Universal Orlando spokesman Tom Schroder said on Monday that the ride’s extended closure was due to the park’s decision to do annual maintenance on the attraction.

“The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit was operating safely when we closed it for maintenance and it will be operating safely when we reopen it,” said Schroder.

“We don’t forecast when an attraction will reopen from annual maintenance due to the fluid nature of the maintenance work,” Schroder said.