Universal Orlando teases Hulk reconstruction

Posted Saturday, January 23, 2016 7:21 PM | Contributed by Jeff

From the blog:

You’ve been waiting since September for the return of one of the world’s most popular thrill rides. Now, if you know where to look, you can see The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure starting to take shape. The first pieces of track went in just days ago and more will soon be visible around the park.

Read more and see the photos from the Official Universal Orlando blog.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016 7:45 PM
Fun's avatar

The article skirts around what's new, but perhaps one of the overlooked difficulties involved in this project is getting everything to line up again after 16 years of forces acting upon the structure. Do footers settle or compress over time?

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Saturday, January 23, 2016 10:54 PM
Tommytheduck's avatar

Magnum's do... (whoo hoo! first!)

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Sunday, January 24, 2016 5:55 AM
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I assume they did new calculations in regard to that, also I believe some b&m supports have ball joints that should offer some adjustment..

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Sunday, January 24, 2016 11:06 AM
Jeff's avatar

From some of the photos I've seen, it would appear that many of the footers have been replaced. That said, I don't imagine they would move. You let parts of the ride itself bend and flex, but if the footers moved over time, they would cease to support the load in the intended way.

I don't imagine they've changed much of the ride itself, other than the trains. It really does seem to be a true service life issue with the original ride.


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Sunday, January 24, 2016 11:21 AM
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I heard they decided against different trains after all.


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Sunday, January 24, 2016 11:42 AM
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Yeah, me too, I just meant that they would be the iterative version.


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Sunday, January 24, 2016 6:02 PM
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I was actually surprised to see them totally scrap the trains like they did. I get service live, but they coulda used parts I'd have figured.


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Sunday, January 24, 2016 6:16 PM
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Side note, per No Coaster Con: NRCMA is working on having Uni donate assorted Hulk items. Uni has signed off and ready to move forward, now waiting for Marvel to sign off.


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Monday, January 25, 2016 11:16 AM
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Really? I've seen pictures of the old hulk trains unceremoniously disposed of in a junk yard. I guess they are making it rain with the surplus of Harry Potter $$.

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Monday, February 1, 2016 1:29 AM

B&M provides the companies that design foundations for their rides with tolerances for dynamic movement and long-term settlement of the foundation system.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 8:00 AM
Jeff's avatar

Jason submitted this to news, but since it doesn't really tell us anything new, I figured I'll just append it here:

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/theme-park-ranger...story.html

The one interesting thing is that the photo they have appears to be the mid-course... only it has no braking on it. If that's the case, it probably makes sense, because I don't believe the ride ever ran efficiently enough to make use of that block.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 10:37 AM
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So is Hulk the first steel coaster to ever get a complete retracking?

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:10 AM
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More importantly, does rebuilt + new trains = new credit? :-)


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:17 AM
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Jeff said:

The one interesting thing is that the photo they have appears to be the mid-course... only it has no braking on it. If that's the case, it probably makes sense, because I don't believe the ride ever ran efficiently enough to make use of that block.

Geez, couldn't they have made it a speed hill?

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:52 AM

Vater said:

So is Hulk the first steel coaster to ever get a complete retracking?

No, it's not. They replaced the Zierer Tivoli at Plopsaland a few years ago.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:57 AM

I believe (not 100% certain) that Goudrix at Parc Asterix got a full overhaul within the last few years.


Hey, let's ride (random Intamin coaster). What? It's broken down? I totally didn't expect that.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 12:17 PM
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Space Mountian Disneyland got a complete rebuild in 2005.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 1:04 PM
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slithernoggin said:
More importantly, does rebuilt + new trains = new credit? :-)

Absolutely. All supports and track have been replaced. Even RCDB lists it like it did Dpavf Mountain at Disneyland.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016 1:35 PM
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That's "Space" Mountain - I hold a pseudo-degree in English/Gibberish.... ;~P


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