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A Universal Studios Orlando insider has revealed that the Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit rollercoaster could begin a "soft opening" phase this weekend.

Theme Park Insider claims that a source at Universal tipped the site off that the coaster could carry its first human passengers soon, following testing with water dummies this week. Soft openings are common for new theme park attractions, both to test the ride itself and to ensure that the associated staff and processes are ready for the full opening date.

Universal has already been forced to delay the ride's official opening on several occasions, with the most recent reports suggesting that it could open in mid-July. If that is to be the case, then a soft opening period will have to begin soon - probably beginning with the park's employees but eventually involving the general public.

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.

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