Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster Now Open at Universal Studios Theme Park

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After an extensive delay, the much anticipated Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster is now open at Universal Studios Theme Park in Orlando Florida.

Scheduled to open in the Spring of 2009, the coaster has created a lot of buzz with these unique features:

  • A customizable sound track that allows you to hear the song of your choosing during the ride
  • A video of your ride, available for purchase, that includes the soundtrack you selected
  • A 167 ft. straight vertical climb
  • Stadium seating that gives every rider an unobstructed view
  • A twisting inversion where you begin the loop on the inside but are on the outside when you reach the top
  • 3,800 feet of track
  • Up to 65mph of speed
  • Unique design allows four coasters to be on the track at once, each one carrying only 12 passengers
  • Can handle over 1800 riders per hour

Universal is hailing this as “the world’s most technologically-advanced roller coaster.”  Their ads state it’s “adrenaline pumping and music thumping,” “gasping with excitement,” and “pulse-pounding flight.”  Does the ride live up to the hype?  Inquiring minds want to know!

We haven’t had a chance to try out this new ride, but if you have please leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Stay tuned–as soon as the LanceAround team has the opportunity to experience the Rockit, we’ll let you know!

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