The lift hill for Universal Studios Orlando's Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit coaster is back in place - setting the coaster on course for a July opening.
The news will come as a relief to summer visitors to the park, with doubts being raised over the coaster's rumored July 3 opening date after the track was removed for upgrades earlier this week. Testing of the ride, which paused after the track was removed, is expected to begin again in the next few days.
Excitement among coaster fans is building after Universal revealed further details on the ride's features yesterday. Universal has already delayed the launch of the Rockit once due to problems with its cutting edge features. This has left it lagging behind SeaWorld Orlando, where flying coaster Manta opened in time for the Memorial Day weekend.
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.