Adrenaline plus music plus technology equals screams and squeals and an breathtaking journey. This is an equation for THRILLING!!!!!
The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster at Universal Studios combines first-ever roller coaster maneuvers, cutting-edge technology and an on-board audio system that is capable of playing songs that span across five genres of music.
Standing 17 stories high (167 feet) this new roller coaster “features three first-ever maneuvers – "Double Take", "Treble Clef" and "Jump Cut". After ascending a vertical lift, the two-car trains make a thrilling descent leads into a series of twisted elements including "Double Take", the world's largest non-inverting vertical loop, "Treble Clef", a burst through a building façade on track shaped like the music symbol and "Jump Cut", a spiraling, negative gravity element,” according to Mark Woodbury, President of Creative for Universal Parks & Resorts.
The roller coaster seats are designed so that the rider can choose the genre, the artist and the song that they hear during the ride. Each seat on the two car trains is outfitted with individual stereo speakers so you can rock out to 90 decibels of music and you don’t have to worry about hearing the other riders song choices.
Sarah and I arrived at the park just before opening and headed straight to the Rockit. The line was not long and the wait was minimal (40 minutes, not bad for a brand new ride) While standing in line you see videos of the different songs available (along with the music) and instructions on how to select your choice. The videos are really cool, animated characters and are actually quite entertaining. This helps the wait go by quickly and by the time you are seated, you know exactly how to choose your desired song.
I felt moves that I have never felt before on any roller coaster. And believe me when I say that I have ridden hundreds. Rocking at 67 mph, this is one of the most thrilling coasters I have ever experienced.