Universal Studios Florida coaster debut slips, more details announced

Posted Thursday, April 23, 2009 10:57 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Universal Orlando is releasing details -- and a new opening date -- Thursday for its under-construction Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster at Universal Studios theme park. The attraction, announced in March 2008, now is slated to debut sometime in "summer," a Universal official says, rather than the previously announced "spring" time frame. The park also revealed more details about the ride.

Read more and see the video promo from The Orlando Sentinel.

Thursday, April 23, 2009 1:30 PM

Well that bites, but it was expected. I'm sure it will be worth the wait however. In the mean time I'll continue to enjoy Mum and Fire dragon.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009 9:13 PM

I am thinking the park chose this manufacturer because
B & M said there was no way they could do it in this time frame. Apparently this company can't either . I realize that delays happen but the weather has been good so they should have had bad weather days in the schedule .
how about telling us what the delay is instead of release a video .
so here are my guesses

The guy with the keys to the crane got sick and no one
had a spare set.
or
We built a roller coaster and forgot to include a lift hill sorry my bad.

or maybe

Sorry we thoughtww.lifthillsrus.com was a real company but it was a fanboy who also wanted to open SFNO this year.

Last edited by kevin38, Thursday, April 23, 2009 9:17 PM
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Thursday, April 23, 2009 11:40 PM

Anyone that has been to the park recently could have told you this, really. It's not even nearly finished.

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Friday, April 24, 2009 9:25 AM

It must be those horrible winters central Florida is infamous for that slowed them down . . .

:rolls eyes:

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Friday, April 24, 2009 10:44 AM

kevin38 said:
I am thinking the park chose this manufacturer because
B & M said there was no way they could do it in this time frame. Apparently this company can't either .

Where did you hear that B&M had been asked to bid on Rockit?

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Friday, April 24, 2009 11:20 AM

Not exactly sure what happened (although I've heard some speculation/rumor), but clearly everything was going up pretty fast until they got around the lifthill. There's also that one other missing track piece near the end of the ride, but I think it's safe to say that something isn't working right getting the lift into place.

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Friday, April 24, 2009 11:50 AM

Based on my experience with Maurer Söhne's X-Coaster at Magic Springs, which runs a single train and was constantly breaking down due to lift problems, I'm not the least-bit surprised that a Maurer Söhne's X-Coaster that's designed to run multiple trains is having lift problems.

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Friday, April 24, 2009 12:01 PM

kevin38 said:
how about telling us what the delay is instead of release a video .

Why? What would you or anyone else do with that information and what difference would it make?

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Friday, April 24, 2009 3:31 PM

rollergator said:
There's also that one other missing track piece near the end of the ride, but I think it's safe to say that something isn't working right getting the lift into place.

No track is missing at the end of the ride. Except for the lift/top of the drop the track has all been in place for a week or two now at least.

The problem is clearly with the lift. The main crane used to construct it disappeared about a month ago.

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Friday, April 24, 2009 4:41 PM

^Hmmm, must be pretty recent, this is what I got.

http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=dq3ngy&s=5

Edit: Upon further review, that was older than I thought. That piece clearly isn't the problem anyway, but the lift is. What went wrong with the lift is up for debate...

Last edited by rollergator, Friday, April 24, 2009 4:44 PM
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Friday, April 24, 2009 11:07 PM

Oh, "clearly" you know what the problem is? Because of all your intense qualifications and first-hand knowledge of the ride?

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Saturday, April 25, 2009 12:37 AM

^LOL, no, I said "clearly" because that piece has since been installed, while the lift is unconnected. :)

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Saturday, April 25, 2009 1:21 AM

That's OK, my response was hurled toward Michigan, not Florida.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009 5:31 AM

Funny. Considering I can practically see the thing from my place and stop at the park quite often you think I might know a thing or two. "Clearly" you would know my qualifications because you live on the other side of the country and know where I work and who I know. Heaven forbid I be right?

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Saturday, April 25, 2009 11:06 AM

If you have qualifications, let them be known. Otherwise, please stop trying to argue.

Being able to see the coaster does not qualify you for anything other than having good vision.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009 11:20 AM

You know it's a strange day when I find myself agreeing with Andy.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009 2:34 PM

Andrew said:
Funny. Considering I can practically see the thing from my place...

That sounds familiar. Is that anything like being able to see Russia from one's backyard? ;)

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Saturday, April 25, 2009 3:51 PM

It doesn't take a genius to put two and two together. And I won't name people or sources - I've been here at Coasterbuzz practically since it started - and as many others have said you don't name people or sources. Don't believe me, doesn't matter to me, just trying to add some info to the conversation.

If you really want to know I'm a full time manager in the industry and its a small industry and word gets around.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009 4:09 PM

It doesn't take a genius to put two and two together. And I won't name people or sources - I've been here at Coasterbuzz practically since it started - and as many others have said time and time again you don't name people or sources. Don't believe me, doesn't matter to me, just trying to add some info to the conversation. Next time I'll leave you all to speculate.

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