One of the most popular (and controversial) attractions at Universal Studios Florida will soon receive some much-needed attention. We are referring to Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, the massive (possibly out of place) roller coaster that borders the west side of the park. In the past, we have pointed out that the track of the roller coaster was in dire need of a fresh coat of paint, and it looks like Universal Studios Florida is now ready to take care of that.


In fact, just a few weeks ago, a permit was filed by Universal City Developments, Inc. with the following object description: "USF Paint the Ride Track at Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit." Here is a copy of the permit, as seen on the Orange County Comptroller website:


Just to refresh your minds, here's how the track of Universal's Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit currently looks:







We are definitely happy to see that the Universal Orlando Resort is continuing to take very good care of its rides, attractions, and themed areas. Stay tuned here on OTPN for additional news and updates.

18 Comment(s):

Anonymous said...

Sorry if I'm a little confused, but why exactly is this ride controversial?

The location has always been seen as a problem by many theme park fans, as it ruins the theme of New York. Also, the ride is constantly plagued by technical issues, and the ride experience itself has been defined as "very rough" by many. Mixed opinions make this ride controversial, in our opinion.

Anonymous said...

Any idea of when the painting will occur?

Unfortunately, the notice of commencement doesn't include a date range, so we don't know when work will start. That said, we do know that it will start soon, as work usually start a few weeks (days?) after the permit is approved.

Anonymous said...

Thanks OTPN

No problem! Thank you for taking the time to post a comment!

Well like the Hulk coaster I guess they will paint the track during the night so the ride can stay open.

Anonymous said...

They have already started painting it overnight. -z-

Anonymous said...

I'll say the ride is rough on the way up, but the rest is fine. I kind of like the idea of Universal (squeezing) another attraction in that small space. I like the attraction. It's one of the most popular rides at Universal as well. Just saying.

This coaster is , in my humble opinion , definitely in the wrong place.
It's not consistent with the other attractions in the Universal Studios Park and has all but ruined the areas it intrudes upon both physically and sonically.
I'm not saying that it's a bad ride or attraction ( I haven't ridden it yet so can't comment on that) but it's a ride that's far better suited to IOA than the more genteel ambience of the Studios.

miguel said...

Bob would you think better themeing would fix this?

Anonymous said...

Rip Ride Rocket, is a much needed addition. Everything in US is 3-D and the coaster gives the park a change of pace. There is nothing wrong with location and themeing. Universal Studios needs to add new tracks music is outdated.

Anonymous said...

They need to work on the ride cars. When we were there on 11/12 we rode 2 times. The 1st time we rode, the screen was malfunctioning so you couldn't select music, it just played whatever. The 2nd time we rode it wasn't on at all, just a black screen.

miguel said...

I wouldnt care about the screen. Im dying to ride it but dont fit. All the coasters in IOA have modified seats but this one doesnt. Makes me angry. Having gone through the queu once I do think themeing needs to be update. Nothing wrong with the music theme but its too generic. Maybe some hanging instruments or some pics/videos of real bands

Anonymous said...

I'll bite: what's rough about it?

Miguel :
I don't think it's a theming issue. That's really fine and I'm sure it works well ( although I understand from some other posters here, that the music might need updating).
I just think that a coaster that pervades many areas of the park is a bad fit. I do agree with another poster that there's been far too mush emphasis on 3D attractions ( 3D has lost much of it's impact as we can now see that on our home TVs). But I. like many people I talk to, would welcome the return to good quality sttrsctions in the "Jaws" mold.
There's definitely a place for more dark rides like The Mummy and it seems incongruous that the Studios has seemingly lost King Kong to Islands of Adventure while RRR has been "shoe horned" into it's streets.
Better planning might have considered a reverse of that configuration ?

miguel said...

Great post Bob. Like I said due to not having modified seating I do t k ow much about rrr however I know I could ride it ill love it.

To my understanding universal doesnt have much space to grow as it would need to remove attractions to upgrade to new attractions. Where would you feel they could expand without removing something or what would you do to move some stuff around? I would probably minimize the lake but thats just me.

Thanks Miguel.
I'm certainly no expert. Just have a point of view like everyone else. You raise a very interesting and pertinent point about the available space at Universal. I really don't know if they have the option to expand their territory. Although they seem to be doing pretty well in building new on-site Resorts don't they ?
You also raise the issue of seat dimensions. It's ludicrous, to me, that provision isn't made for ride seating that accommodates all sizes. Once again it would need someone better qualified than me to shed some light onto why this proves such a difficulty to the engineers. From a layman's point of view the use of adjustable width seating in the cars doesn't seem to be unfeasible.
Is there anyone out there who can enlighten us ?

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