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I like how they build a roller coaster in the same time it took them to built new lockers for Harry Potter.   

On Sunday I ventured out to the Universal Orlando Resort for a chance to see the new holiday offerings at the two parks. This year is a little different thanks to COVID-19, but Universal has still man

I’m shocked that they’re restarting so soon with so much still unknown about the global recovery but I’ll take any good news at this point so yay!!!!

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I wish I was a freakishly tall four year old (approx 1.4m) so I could go on every ride twice.

That's why they made Universal Express Unlimited for the grown-ups.

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That video reminded me of the insanely HUGE jeeps we rode through the (our) death-defying

"Studio Tour" at Movieland Park, in Italy. Crazy and it was a really Big Jeep too!

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I can't wait to ride this. Almost makes me wish that USO used the original Jurassic Park ride design with jeeps instead of boats

 

Fun fact: the model for that concept is the model in the JP queue.

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I can't wait to ride this. Almost makes me wish that USO used the original Jurassic Park ride design with jeeps instead of boats

 

Fun fact: the model for that concept is the model in the JP queue.

 

All this time I didn't notice.

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Will the new Hulk coaster be identical in design, speed, and track length as the original coaster or will it be different? Will the queue line be different from the original's? Will the new Hulk be considered a new coaster credit from the original? Will they still have the mist effect? Any changes other than new trains and track?

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The track is the exact same as the old one, so layout and length are not changed. The queue line is being redone, but no one knows what it will be like when it is done. It's the same layout in the same spot with the same name, so I'm gonna go with no for it being a new credit, but really, who actually cares? No one knows about the special effects or really anything else other than the new trains, and we don't even know what kind they will be yet.

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The track is the exact same as the old one, so layout and length are not changed. The queue line is being redone, but no one knows what it will be like when it is done. It's the same layout in the same spot with the same name, so I'm gonna go with no for it being a new credit, but really, who actually cares? No one knows about the special effects or really anything else other than the new trains, and we don't even know what kind they will be yet.

 

 

Um... they will be B&M trains... DUH!

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Will the new Hulk coaster be identical in design, speed, and track length as the original coaster or will it be different? Will the queue line be different from the original's? Will the new Hulk be considered a new coaster credit from the original? Will they still have the mist effect? Any changes other than new trains and track?

I think the launch technology is probably going to change, and apparently (according to someone in this thread who has been right about everything else) it will still have overheads (some people wondered whether it might have vest restraints). Universal said that the queue would be getting "enhancements" so I guess this might be modernised. I actually quite liked the vibe of the old queue with the cartoon video, but I'm interested to see what they do. As rcdider says, the track is idential. I thought they might smooth it out and remove some of the snaps, but apparently they've not even done this, they just clicked 'print'

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Will the new Hulk coaster be identical in design, speed, and track length as the original coaster or will it be different? Will the queue line be different from the original's? Will the new Hulk be considered a new coaster credit from the original? Will they still have the mist effect? Any changes other than new trains and track?

I think the launch technology is probably going to change, and apparently (according to someone in this thread who has been right about everything else) it will still have overheads (some people wondered whether it might have vest restraints). Universal said that the queue would be getting "enhancements" so I guess this might be modernised. I actually quite liked the vibe of the old queue with the cartoon video, but I'm interested to see what they do. As rcdider says, the track is idential. I thought they might smooth it out and remove some of the snaps, but apparently they've not even done this, they just clicked 'print'

 

They kinda just hit 'print', but they did change some stuff up. For example, the new track is built using the latest tolerances. This is evidenced in they no longer are using the old ball and socket connections for many joints, but just a flat connection now (see the supports leading into the first corkscrew as an example). They started using that style of track connection around 2005-2006 I think. Also, the track segments in several spots are slightly different lengths than the previous version. One spot I've really noticed this is the top piece of track in the first corkscrew now appears to be either longer or slightly placed different with respect to the support as you exit that element. You can count the track ties on the old vs the new and see how they've changed.

 

Which, I'd also add that I expect a smoother experience since their track tolerances are much tighter than the old ride. Also, they might be using thicker gauge steel in the higher G areas now, which means the track should hold up better this time around.

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Oh wow CoryPA77, nothing gets past you, well noticed Thanks for the pictures CPmillenia94. In their original permit Universal said "remove and replace the coaster's accelerator launch motors" so I think a lot of people (myself included) assumed they might be replacing with LSMs now that the technology has improved, but you could be right

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They were considering a modification to randomly simulate a launch failure. Will be curious to see if that made it into the final design. I recall it being a costly change so they may have nixed the idea.

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