While we have been reassured many times by multiple sources (including the Universal Orlando Resort) that the coaster will soon come back looking better than ever, we can't help it but stare with amazement when looking at the empty area of the lagoon where this great attraction once stood. It's really happening.
Here's the current status of The Incredible Hulk Coaster (these photos were taken yesterday evening):
The largest loop is still standing:
The view from the lagoon:
This will surely look incredibly unusual to Guests that visit the park often:
I know I'm not alone when I say I'm very anxious to hear what they plan to do. Will they just replace with new track and the same layout? Or will they change the layout? Will B&M still be the manufacturer (there were some early rumors that they may not be, but it's looking like those rumors were false and possibly even fabricated by Universal Creative to throw people off!) Will there be theme changes/updates? I guess time will tell.
I think the layout and manufacturer will be the same because otherwise surely groundwork would have started around the back while they remove the first half of the ride. It's so weird to see the entire ride being replaced though. I've never seen anything like it. I remember people getting mocked for suggesting Hulk was getting new track... funny thing is, they're going beyond even just new track and replacing the whole thing!
yeah, what she said. altho i have to say, i NEVER heard of a coaster being completely removed just to be renovated. this would be a first to me.
I read somewhere that Universal was giving out all kinds of fake information to find out who was leaking it from the inside.
Disinformation to catch the mole and eliminate them I'm sure.
If there is one thing we should all know by now, you don't mess with Universal Brass
The most reasonable rumor I heard was they are changing the layout so it's not over the walkway (people under) & more over the water (no people under). If this means we can take our phones on the ride again, then maybe its worth the wait.
They are not only retracking, but clearly altering the lay out. I believe the track will be a different variety (possible a wing coaster, or floorless) The ride will feature a newer launch system, leading to me believe it will be faster than previously, this could included a taller ride. They removed the supports so new ones will have to be placed. And footers can be added later one, it seems many of the old footers will be reused where possible.
Am I the only one that kinda wants to see them launch a train right now? :|
Reference Space Mountain at Disneyland. It ran from 1977 to 2003. That's 26 years. So yes, roller coasters are removed completely and replaced if they are still popular.
Space Mountain closed on 4/9/2003 to undergo a major refurbishment. The entire roller coaster contained within the Space Mountain structure was replaced. Since all the ride hardware changed, a new entry was created for the new Space Mountain which opened in 2005 for the park's 50th anniversary.
Amazing to see!