I would have to say the Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket is one of my favorite roller coasters a Universal Studios, in Florida. Rip Ride Rocket is a steel custom designed roller coaster featuring and on board sound system to provide a soundtrack for the giant 3,800 foot track. There are also video cameras that are attached to the trains, so you can buy a humiliatingly priceless funny video of yourself, at the shop after your ride. The attraction began a soft opening on August 16, 2009 after a series of technical difficulties delayed a Spring 2009 opening. Which was not the best start to be fair. It was officially opened by Universal on August 19, 2009. I had ridden this ride 3 times in a row and if it wasn’t for the park closing, I would of done it again and again!
The track was designed by Maurer Sohne and it is considered to be the largest coaster of its type in the world. It can ride a huge 1,850 riders per hour, which shortens those annoying queue times.
Video monitors entertain waiting guests inside the queue line before stepping on the ride.. The programming is hosted by characters who introduce one of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit’s signature components, its customizable soundtrack. Guests select a musical track from one of five genre classic rock, hip-hop, country, pop and electro to hear during their experience. Each genre has six songs available, bringing a total of 30 different tunes to the ride’s on-board library. The songs will not be re-arranged to fit the roller coaster’s design; however, the musical artists granted the ride’s designers the ability to select when their songs started and stopped, in order to provide the best match to the ride.
Rip Ride Rocket has 7 cars which consist of 3 rows of 2. The design of the cars resemble stadium seating like you would see at a baseball stadium, configured so each seat can get great view of the ride while in motion. The head rests are fitted with speakers that blast into your ears making the ride more thrilling than it already is.
The roller coaster leaves the station and starts to climb a 167 foot vertical lift. There’s only one way down, that way will be dropping to the ground vertically before entering the “double take,” a circular element 103 feet (31 m) in diameter which looks like a standard vertical loop, but the track twists around at the top of the loop such that the train is right-side-up when descending the loop. The train descends and twists again on the way down then climbs to reach the first of several mid-course brake sections.The coaster exits the brakes and drops back towards street level, passing through the structure of Twister Ride it Out. Then entering a series of swooping curves called the “treble clef”. From above this section appears to have been inspired by the musical notation of the same name. The train climbs the treble clef and exits into another mid-course brake section. Now returning towards the station, the roller coaster enters a series of sharp turns. The first, nicknamed the “jump cut,” is a unique element similar to a corkscrew, but without turning the riders upside-down.The second is the “crowd surfer,” an overbanked turn that passes over portions of the queue line for the attraction.
It next encounters “drop tuning,” named for a type of guitar tuning, which is a quick drop into a landscaped area in front of the Sharp Aquos Theatre. Emerging above the ground, the roller coaster enters a 540-degree helix nicknamed the “plot twist”. After the plot twist, the coaster enters its last brake section and makes a small drop called the “chorus” and then ascends again onto the brakes that slow down the train before entering the station.
Current Coaster Name: Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rocket Current Park Name: Universal Studios Florida Previous Ride Name(s): N/A Location: Floridas, USA Status: Operating Links: official website Cost: N/A
Type: Steel Looper Opened: May, 2008 Designer: Maurer Sohne Features: Themed, Vertical Lift Height: 167 feet Max Drop: N/A Max Speed: 65 mph Length: 3,800 feet Acceleration: N/A Inversions: N/A Duration: N/A Trains: 7 Capacity: 1850 per hour