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    This is one roller coaster I’ve been dying to ride! I went to Islands of Adventure in Orlando Florida  a few years ago. This was during the summer and I didn’t even have space to pick my nose. It was too crowded and I was waiting at least 40 minutes for a hotdog. Never the less It’s an awesome theme park. My suggestion is that you should go during the winter period. The biggest downfall of my trip was when I got there, only to find out that the Incredible Hulk Ride was closed for maintenance. Now that was a kick in the nuts!

    For those of you who have not ever heard of this ride, it’s a green steel rollercoaster based on the popular comic book superhero character, The Hulk. It was voted as the best roller coaster on the Discovery channel by the viewers in 1999. The ride is unique because it has some great features. It features a launch lift hill as opposed to conventional chain lifts. This means the train accelerates to 40 mph (64 km/h) in a short time (approximately two seconds) before moving through numerous inversions.

    Bolliger & Mabillard created the only marvel launched roller coaster ever to have been built. As a company, it is opposed to launched coasters because of perceived reliability problems. So it subcontracted the launch mechanism to another company.

    The queue consists of riders entering the lab of Bruce Banner with many televisions showing the story of the hulk. Which I’m sure everyone has seen “The Hulk” movie anyway? Whilst walking through the lab you’ll encounter items including the generator, the Gamma core and the towers of power. Riders are also able to watch the coaster through huge holes in the walls as well as listen to the coaster as it does a number of passes.

    The train enters the Gamma Tube, where the anxious voice of Bruce Banner issues from speakers in the walls: “Everything looks good…I think…I think this time it’s…going to work!” As if on cue, an automated and ironically calming female vocal sound announces that there has been a breakdown. Klaxons begin to sound inside the tube as Dr. Banner screams in fear: “No. No! No!!!” The last “No!” is synchronized with the launch mechanism, which propels the train to 40 mph (64 km/h) as it ascends to 110 feet (34 m). Upon exiting the Gamma Tube, the train immediately goes into a zero-g roll, down a 105-foot (32 m) drop, and into a cobra roll. Riders complete a vertical loop, and then enter a shaft full of mist. At this point of the ride, the train’s speed has reached approximately 65 mph. The train encircles the gamma tube and is sent into the back area via corkscrew. A smaller vertical loop wraps around the brake run, which is flanked by two over-banked turns. The coaster is slowed down by the brake run before being sent down another hill to a corkscrew and turn-around. Riders then travel sideways through an on-ride camera zone and then to the ride’s last brakes after a helix.

    The Incredible Hulk roller coaster is also known for its Incredible roar as it speeds down its first corkscrew drop!  I’m terribly gutted it was closed but don’t get me wrong, I will be going back to experience the thrill.

    Quick Info:

    Current Coaster Name: The Incredible Hulk Coaster
    Current Park Name: Islands of Adventure
    Previous Ride Name(s): N/A
    Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
    Status: Operating
    Links: http://www.universalorlando.com
    Cost: N/A

    Technical Info:

    Type: Steel Looper
    Opened: May 28th 1999
    Designer: Bollinger & Mabillard
    Features: 1 Tunnel, Launched Lift, Themed
    Height: 110 feet
    Max Drop: 105 feet
    Max Speed: 67 mph
    Length: 3800 feet
    Acceleration:
    Inversions: 7
    Duration: 2.15
    Trains: 3
    Capacity: 1920 per hour

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