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^Lol no, at least not that I know of. I have no idea where my brain got that idea from...

 

Been thinking a little about the recent Universal developments, and I'm finding it somewhat hard to be excited about it. I don't think Twister is a big loss in any way, and I'm sure the new ride will be fun, but it's not something that makes me want to go back any more than before. My biggest problem with these simulator rides is that they have a very low re-ride factor. They can be great the first time when you don't know what is going to happen, but it's rare that I come off a ride wanting to ride again immediately.

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Rockit is EXTREMELY temperamental compared to other coasters when it comes to trains. While I always try for the front row on it and avoid the back, sometimes it is perfectly smooth and sometimes it is Vekoma-death level roughness. Thank goodness for lapbars...and for Mako next year so we will finally have a really re-ridable airtime ride!

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Rockit is EXTREMELY temperamental compared to other coasters when it comes to trains. While I always try for the front row on it and avoid the back, sometimes it is perfectly smooth and sometimes it is Vekoma-death level roughness. Thank goodness for lapbars...and for Mako next year so we will finally have a really re-ridable airtime ride!

 

 

Hmm, I thought the front was a bit rougher. Personally, I liked the 4th row after trying them all. I think it's a fun little ride though I'm not a fan of all the brake sections. Unfortunately it's necessary in order to run 5 trains.

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Personally, I never found the Hulk to be that rough. Ya it had a few slightly rough spots but it wasn't bad! If they do this to the Hulk, what would they do to Rockit? I personally find Rockit to be rougher than the Hulk even though Rockit only has lap bars. I hope they notice how Rockit is and maybe they will give it some extensive treatment. Even though Rockit is a lot newer, they need to make it smoother. I believe the front is the smoothest row.

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Personally, I never found the Hulk to be that rough. Ya it had a few slightly rough spots but it wasn't bad! If they do this to the Hulk, what would they do to Rockit? I personally find Rockit to be rougher than the Hulk even though Rockit only has lap bars. I hope they notice how Rockit is and maybe they will give it some extensive treatment. Even though Rockit is a lot newer, they need to make it smoother. I believe the front is the smoothest row.

Ditto. HRRR is the roughest X-Car I've been on to date. It's fun, but it's still a bumpy ride.

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I've never found Rockit to be overly rough, and I think the giant lap bars are really pretty comfortable. I was at the park a few weeks ago and rode Rockit about 12 times in a 2 hour period (thank you single rider line!) and thought it was running great.

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I've never found Rockit to be overly rough, and I think the giant lab bars are really pretty comfortable. I was at the park a few weeks ago and rode Rockit about 12 times in a 2 hour period (thank you single rider line!) and thought it was running great.

I personally love Rockit never had an uncomfortable ride on it, to each their own I suppose. Always a fun ride, not quite as thrilling as Hulk or Dragons but one of my favorite attractions at Universal.

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but I like Rip Ride Rockit better because it's YAY FUN.

 

For the first half. After the treble cleff element the ride loses all of it's steam and it's a long, slow, boring crawl back to the station. From the station through the treble cleff, though, it's one hell of an awesome ride.

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I know this is random... and a bit off the topic of the current discussion... But am I the only one who thinks that Hulk 2.0 might be the first RMC T-Rex installation we see?? Reasons why I think this??

 

- Last time I checked almost ALL of the track, AND supports were gone. Leaving only the footers. By now everything could be gone, we just haven't seen pictures of it yet.

 

- We know that RMC said they already had customers interested in the T-Rex product.

 

- Even the trains are gone. Why scrap the trains when they (could) work just fine on the new B&M track (If that's what they are going with) aside from the trains being old, and not having the "vest" restraints.

 

- We have seen how RMC can take a wooden coaster and reprofile it, and give it new life!! Who's to say they can't do the same with a steel coaster?? For the most part all that is left of old Hulk are the footers. RMC could easily use the footers to support the track, and still come up with a new unique layout.

 

- Universal will not confirm or deny B&M being involved with the new coaster. Why not just say "Yes, they are involved" unless you are going with a different company??

 

#EndSpeculation

 

Just some random things my partner and I were discussing, that I thought may be something to think about... Personally... I would LOVE to see Hulk 2.0 be an RMC T-Rex track... But maybe that's just me.

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^ And now Screamscape is reporting the same thing.

 

About four weeks ago I reported a rumor that sent shockwaves through the theme park and coaster enthusiast community, with a statement that simply said that the 2016 version of The Incredible Hulk coaster “ may not be from B&M.”

I am happy to report at this point that that rumor now appears to not only be in error, but it and a whole slew of other rumors and details that started to pour in following that were likely part of a deliberate dis-information campaign on the part of Universal Creative to locate and shut down any internal information leaks within their organization. As mentioned, many other rumors soon followed that either attempted to provide more detailed information on the rehab, both collaborative and conflicting, as well as rumors about “other” projects in development. Since things were getting a bit fishy I opted to not report on any of those rumors as well for the last several weeks to let the dust settle, which I believe it has.

The end result seems to be that B&M will indeed be involved in building the new and improved Incredible Hulk coaster, and if you’ve seen some of the photos and videos from the fabication plant in Ohio over the last month, there are a number of unpainted track pieces on site in the background, which are very likely for the Hulk coaster. We’re just waiting to see when the first piece of Green track will be spotted in the yard, finished and ready for shipment.

 

Take that for what it's worth.

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- Universal will not confirm or deny B&M being involved with the new coaster.

They did confirm it actually, just not super publicly

 

Well... There's that. I guess I'll have to hold on the hope of a different US park getting T-Rex track!

That was a long shot hope anyway to see a ride of such popularity and demand in Orlando be replaced by some prototype track design. B&M worked for this many years, year round, and that's their reputation.

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Well... There's that. I guess I'll have to hold on the hope of a different US park getting T-Rex track!

 

We'll know for sure within the next week. IAAPA starts tomorrow and IIRC, RMC will be announcing the first installation there.

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The chances of that though are probably high, as RMC is very cost friendly, and they have proven themselves for a few years now.

Yes, but regardless of how much they've "proven" themselves, when a manufacturer launches a new product, that's all out the window.

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Had to renew my USO/IOA season pass yesterday, so took some pics of Hulk, Kong, and holiday decor.

 

Note: I was able to charge my 2014 Prius Plug In for FREE at Valet parking! Unlike WDW which charges minimum $1.50 plus any additional charge. To fill up my car, it only take $.40 worth of electricity. So thanks Universal and boo Disney!

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Launch!

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Not much left here

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They finally put the characters back on these columns

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Kong.

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I had a whole car to myself!

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See?

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Even the Gringotts line was short!

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Fast and Furious construction walls

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Bye bye Beetlejuice

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See ya Twister

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No more signage

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And some fall concerts before the ramp up to Christmas!

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