Reports suggest that the Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit rollercoaster at Universal Studios Orlando will not be up and running for at least the first half of the park's Halloween Horror Nights events.
Screamscape reports that the Rockit will be closed during the evening events to allow time to test additional trains for the ride. If testing goes well, the coaster may reopen for the events in mid-to-late October.
There are currently 4 trains in use on the Rockit at any one time, but Universal is hoping to increase this to 7. The ride was designed to carry large numbers of guests, with riders boarding from a moving walkway so that the trains would never come to a complete stop in the station. However, following the problems which delayed the Rockit's opening and that have plagued it since, the ride is not yet running at full capacity.
Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit stretches out beyond the walls of the Universal Studios park into Universal CityWalk. It features a 167-foot lift hill and 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 can select their own soundtrack for the ride from a selection of six genres.