Universal Orlando reveals details for reboot of Hulk roller coaster at Islands of Adventure

Posted Monday, May 9, 2016 5:13 PM | Contributed by Jeff

The Incredible Hulk roller coaster at Islands of Adventure will include a new marquee that uses track from the original ride, a new queue experience, a new story and new trains. From the blog post:

From there, you’ll step into an entirely new ride vehicle. The changes start with its sleek, modern new look. Once on board, you’ll discover a brand new, in-seat audio system that booms an original ride score created by Patrick Stump, front man for the internationally-renowned rock band Fall Out Boy.

Read more from the official Universal Orlando Blog.

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Monday, May 9, 2016 5:57 PM

That's a good looking train.

Actually, it all looks pretty good in concept. The ride may have stayed the same, but it looks like an improvement in every other way.

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Monday, May 9, 2016 6:03 PM

I agree. Looks like a great refresh for a great coaster. My only complaint is that the trains didn't receive B&M's new vest restraints.

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Monday, May 9, 2016 6:54 PM

It is interesting to me how Universal took the low key, low expectations approach to this Hulk Rebuild. They certainly didn't over promise anything, but where I scratch my head a little bit is what they could have done for the same amount of money. Ultimately, I wonder if the strategy going in was to not try to compete with Kong as the new marketable attraction at the park.

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Monday, May 9, 2016 10:02 PM

I think the arch of old track at the entrance is brilliant.

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Monday, May 9, 2016 10:04 PM

What he said.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 12:12 AM

...internationally-renowned rock band Fall Out Boy.

Hopefully they got those cheap speakers that break after a few months that Six Flags uses.

Last edited by Walk-Off HBP, Tuesday, May 10, 2016 12:14 AM
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 9:55 AM

Jeff said:

I think the arch of old track at the entrance is brilliant.

Isn't there a park (or parks) in Europe that also use repurposed coaster track for theming / decoration? Can't remember which ones offhand but I remember from pictures it looked super cool.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 9:58 AM

Alton Towers has the remains of its Vekoma Corkscrew at the entrance plaza.

I approve of this – it can't hurt people that way :)

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 10:44 AM

The entrance to Arnold's Park in Iowa has a faux coaster...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 10:46 AM

Walk-Off HBP said:

...internationally-renowned rock band Fall Out Boy.

Hopefully they got those cheap speakers that break after a few months that Six Flags uses.

Don't get so negative just yet, since the detail that was released was that their front man was producing the music for the ride, not that Fall Out Boy was doing the music. He's already done some producing and remixing for others, so I wouldn't assume that automatically just means typical Fall Out Boy music.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 11:18 AM

I think this is a good mix of old and new. Also, they can make 'something' out of the fact they have to do this work.

I figured B&M had stopped producing that type of restraint altogether, obviously not.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 11:27 AM

I'm psyched for this. Some cool new effects and a Hulk that will hopefully be as smooth and enjoyable as it was back when it first opened, it will be a huge win.

I figured B&M still made the 1st generation restraints no problem since they did them for Rougarou last year.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 12:49 PM

maXairMike said:

...their front man was producing the music for the ride, not that Fall Out Boy was doing the music. He's already done some producing and remixing for others, so I wouldn't assume that automatically just means typical Fall Out Boy music.

As long as he doesn't lay down vocal tracks, I'm good.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 7:09 PM

Hope they take better care of this one. I can't remember ever hearing of a park tearing a ride down completely to rebuild the exact same thing. Sure add new trains and theming. But a ride that needs to be completely torn down and rebuilt isn't being refurbished, it's being rebuilt. There are plenty of rides in harsh environments that are nearly, as, or older than the hulk and you don't see them being rebuilt like that.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 7:30 PM

That's because no rides have had the extensive year-round duty cycle that this one has.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 7:36 PM

See Space Mountain, Disneyland:

Space Mountain refurbishment began suddenly in the spring of 2003 when the Tomorrowland ride closed prematurely after a rumored ride malfunction.

The entire roller coaster track was rebuilt and new effects put in. In addition, a new soundtrack has been installed on the new Space Mountain rockets.

http://www.disneylandreport.com/disneynews/050713disneylandspacemou...uly15.html

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 8:25 PM

I totally forgot about Space Mountain's rebuild, my bad. Even still, my last visit to Universal (seven years ago) really wasn't on par with what many would call a world class theme park. While Islands wasn't much of an issue, The Studios did show some signs of neglect. General cleanliness, (see and smell garbage), lack of attentive staff, fingerprint calibration issues with locker systems, dirty restrooms, basically general facility maintenance. if the small stuff isn't being attended too, what about the big stuff. The rides are machines. If they are properly taken care of they shouldn't need to build a new one, (at least as quickly as they did). It's like your car, If you drove your car for work and put 100000 miles on it, did all your required scheduled maintenance, any miner repairs, tires and so on, versus a person with the same vehicle who doesn't do any of it, Who's car is going to last longer and be in better shape.

BTW Revolution has been standing and running for 40 years. They didn't tear it down and rebuild it, in it's entirety. It's got new trains, I could and hope to expect that at least. Yes Magic Mountain is in a different climate than Universal, but their rides have a higher duty cycle than most of the SF parks.

We never had seen issues like this at Disney. This wasn't my first trip to Uni either. We had been four or five times in years prior and felt just as impressed with them as Disney, but with more high thrill rides. What we saw, smelled and experienced on our last trip there really makes me feel the way I do about the rebuild. I hope to go back in the near future and see if they've turned it around.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016 8:47 PM

If you get the chance to return, do it. The Universal Orlando guest experience is as good as it has ever been. There is still some construction going on but the place looks great and the employees are fantastic.

Honestly, the place delivers on an equal level as WDW these days. The product is vastly different, but the quality is the same. Which is a win-win for Orlando.

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