Universal Studios Orlando remains under pressure to meet its revised opening date for the Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit after the coaster's entire lift hill was removed.
Screamscape reports that the track has been removed to add a new anti-rollback system, following several weeks of testing. It is unclear at present whether the upgrade will impact on Universal's planned July 3 opening date for the Rockit.
Universal originally delayed the launch of the new ride due to problems with its cutting edge features, but daytime test runs of the ride had raised hopes that it would begin a "soft opening" period soon.
Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit will stretch out beyond the walls of the Universal Studios park towards the opening gate of the Universal Orlando Resort. It features a 167-foot lift hill and will reach top speeds of 65mph. Its most unique feature is the "double take" - a vertical loop in which the track twists so that the train is "right-side-up" at the top of the loop. Riders will be able to select their own soundtrack for the ride from a selection of six genres.
TPT will keep readers updated on any news of a firm opening date for Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit through our "New Attraction Watch" section.