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P. 602: Universal Holidays & Velocicoaster photo report posted!

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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

^Agreed. I think the newer Intamin lapbars are actually the best steel coaster restraint currently being produced. When comparing overhead lapbars on Taron and Blue Fire, I found the Intamin ones to b

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Looks like someones added saturation to that old photo, the sky's blue looks unnatural and the green is a bit unusual.

 

I took some photos of the hulk back in Feb (Which I forgot to post so are a bit out of date now) but, it's more or less the same color as before.

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Honestly, I think I am more excited about this than Dollywood or Cedar Point.

 

Are you referring to Hulk or Kong? Either one would make you certifiably insane, of course. Hulk is just reopening as the same ride and Kong is an extended version of a six year old ride. Lightning Rod is, IMHO, easily the winner here.

 

Valravn, though? Yeah, Uni's definitely the winner.

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Honestly, I think I am more excited about this than Dollywood or Cedar Point.

 

Are you referring to Hulk or Kong? Either one would make you certifiably insane, of course. Hulk is just reopening as the same ride and Kong is an extended version of a six year old ride. Lightning Rod is, IMHO, easily the winner here.

 

Valravn, though? Yeah, Uni's definitely the winner.

 

I was indeed talking about Hulk. Why would that make me certifiably insane? Hulk is a great classic B&M, and I am excited to see the new improvements throughout the whole experience.

 

What is insane is the constant complaining because a ride has been delayed from opening, or complaining about the name of a roller coaster. See my post in the Cedar Point thread. http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=28853&start=29670

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Hulk not sucking anymore from roughness would definitely be awesome. If it can go back to being an old school B&M but without the B&M rattle, that is definitely exciting.

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I was gutted to miss out on riding Hulk when I visited for my Honeymoon in November last year. It was horrible walking underneath its trackless shuttle knowing I wouldn't get to ride. Hopefully one day I can afford to return and give the new and improved Hulk a go.

 

On a different note, one coaster I was really disappointed with was Rip Ride Rocket at Universal. This is by far the most uncomfortable coaster I have ever ridden, very rough and I felt sick after every ride. Did I catch it at a bad time?

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On a different note, one coaster I was really disappointed with was Rip Ride Rocket at Universal. This is by far the most uncomfortable coaster I have ever ridden, very rough and I felt sick after every ride. Did I catch it at a bad time?

 

People seem to love it or hate it based on their rides on it. I always recommend that you're in the front car as I believe it was designed for single car trains and not the trailered ones. I've always had really enjoyable rides on it in the front and I hate rough rides. You also could have caught a train that was about to go in for maintenance.

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To be fair I certainly wouldn't say I hated it, and if I ever get to return to America i'll definitely be giving it another go. It just felt very clanky (if thats a word). I pretty much want to re-ride every coaster I've been on straight away afterwards but with this I was fine moving on to another. Thanks for your response

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On a different note, one coaster I was really disappointed with was Rip Ride Rocket at Universal. This is by far the most uncomfortable coaster I have ever ridden, very rough and I felt sick after every ride. Did I catch it at a bad time?

 

You may have just caught it on a bad day or got a bad train. I rode RRR about 15 times in a row (thanks single rider line!) on my visit to Orlando last fall and it was very smooth and comfortable. I was also bummed to see the Hulk in pieces but I am very excited for the rebuild.

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This is by far the most uncomfortable coaster I have ever ridden, very rough and I felt sick after every ride. Did I catch it at a bad time?

 

Nope, not just you. I'll do it once or twice a season and every time it feels like I've been sucker punched. I once (semi) enjoyed this ride but now I wish it hadn't have been constructed

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On a different note, one coaster I was really disappointed with was Rip Ride Rocket at Universal. This is by far the most uncomfortable coaster I have ever ridden, very rough and I felt sick after every ride. Did I catch it at a bad time?

 

You may have just caught it on a bad day or got a bad train. I rode RRR about 15 times in a row (thanks single rider line!) on my visit to Orlando last fall and it was very smooth and comfortable. I was also bummed to see the Hulk in pieces but I am very excited for the rebuild.

 

 

15 times!!!! Good Lord!! I think whats even more shocking is your 39 years old!! I'm 31 and my body is like get me the hell off of this thing now! Respect..

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On a different note, one coaster I was really disappointed with was Rip Ride Rocket at Universal. This is by far the most uncomfortable coaster I have ever ridden, very rough and I felt sick after every ride. Did I catch it at a bad time?

 

People seem to love it or hate it based on their rides on it. I always recommend that you're in the front car as I believe it was designed for single car trains and not the trailered ones. I've always had really enjoyable rides on it in the front and I hate rough rides. You also could have caught a train that was about to go in for maintenance.

 

Throw me in the category of those who loved it. Rode it about a dozen times during my stay there.

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I LOVE rip ride rockit. It made me a huge fan of maurer creations. It is definitly a little bit rough though.. I highly suggest rows 2 and 5. I find those to be far far smoother. By the design of the trains, any track imperfections are amplified in the other rows, especially the rear row of each car.. and the trackwork is definitely a little wonky in places!

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I rode RRR three times when I went to Universal. It's fun... I love the inversion on top of the loop. And I rode it far back all times, I just didn't have the patience to wait... But that last drop before the station totally caught me off guard the first time. It was awesome!

I don't mind the music, but I don't need it. It's not adding a ton of fun for me.

And yes, it was pretty rough...

But where's the greatness in a smooth coaster if all of them were smooth?

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