The Incredible Hulk Coaster Begins Soft Launch

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s close… its soooooo close. The return of the lean, green, adrenaline machine is just around the corner. We mentioned last week that the walls had been taken down from around the queue area which was always a good sign of things to come.

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Well yesterday we got reports from across the pond that people were actually riding the beast in what is called a soft launch period. A soft launch is basically a trial period, there aren’t definitive opening dates and the ride can be stopped at anytime for further testing etc. but its great news and really means that a full opening is just around the corner. Here’s what people were saying about the new and improved Hulk;

 

 

These are just a few of the really positive reviews coming out of last nights soft launch. We’ll keep you updated as soon as Universal confirm an official opening date.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Universal Confirm Temporary Closure Of The Incredible Hulk Coaster For Refurbishment

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Back in July we reported that The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Islands of Adventure might be subject to a makeover well over the weekend Universal confirmed that our suspicions were indeed correct.

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Widely considered as one of the best coasters in Florida guests will be able to ride the green beast up until the 8th September. Reporting via their own blog Universal stated;

We want to let you know that The Incredible Hulk Coaster will be getting some great, new enhancements to its storyline, ride vehicles and overall experience.

That work means we’ll have to close the attraction beginning Sept. 8. It will roar back to life next summer and we’ll keep you posted on the details. In the meantime, be sure to check out the other great, thrilling, experiences at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, including Dr. Doom’s FearFall, Dragon Challenge, Jurassic Park River Adventure and more.

I’ve been lucky enough to get a sneak peek at plans for The Incredible Hulk Coaster, and I can tell you the overall experience is going to feel more immersive and high-tech. But don’t worry—the attraction will still have the same “Incredible” personality that makes it one of America’s most popular coasters.

We’ve been speculating about what the upgrades might be and believe the following are a distinct possibility;

New Trains – Looks like Universal will be updating the Hulk’s trains the most sensational tidbit is that the new trains may not have the over head restraints associated with the Hulk but a lap restraint made by B&M which would free up riders arms!… How long do you think you could wave your arms in the air?

Launch – The Hulk Coaster is renown for its fast launch start, the update is said to also involve updating the technology that provides that 0-40 mph boost.

Queue – We’re also hearing that a new queue experience will be on the cards. Perhaps with a totally new story.

We’ll obviously know more when Universal begin to update us.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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