Thursday, February 05, 2009

 

Rip, Ride, Rockit Update

The Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida is progressing apace.

No official word on opening yet, but the buzz is that it will be open by late May, all the better to grab the attention of recently graduated high schoolers.

I had always sorta assumed that the load-in area would take over the real estate once occupied by The Boneyard, but that space has been transformed into a venue for live music with the completion of the Hollywood Bowl stage. Very nice it is, too.

The actual entrance to RRR will be through the narrow street between the USF store and Jimmy Neutron, the one that now leads to Blue Man Group and the Hard Rock Cafe.

The idea, it seems is to have two entrances, one inside USF and the other in CityWalk. From what I've heard, the park entrance will be open during park hours (Duh!), and the CityWalk entrance will open when the park closes, allowing visitors to CityWalk to purchase tickets to ride. No word on how they'll handle people who bought park tickets that day and annual passholders.

Another wrinkle in the arrangements is that the ride would have to close at 10 p.m. to avoid bothering Universal Orlando's neighbors, although the location seems pretty remote from residential areas to me.

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Comments:
I have been following the details about this ride for some time now and I have to tell you that I cannot wait for it to finally open.
 
Interesting that they'll be allowing visitors to purchase tickets just to ride this coaster. Kinda smart....
 
They won't be doing rides from Citywalk for some time, probably 3 to 4 years.
 
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