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Universal Studios Orlando's teething problems with its Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit rollercoaster continued as an empty car "valleyed" in the middle of the ride circuit.

The incident occurred on Sunday night, when the Rockit was undergoing testing as part of an ongoing process to add additional trains to the ride. An empty train failed to make it to the top of the hill which follows the coaster's non-inverting loop element.

The cold weather could be to blame, with Screamscape reporting that the ride appeared to be running slowly during morning test runs, before subsequently operating successfully throughout the warmer afternoon.

Universal recently confirmed that its Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit rollercoaster will not open during this year's Halloween Horror Nights events. This is to give Universal time to test the additional trains, with the plan being to increase the total number in use at one time to 7 from the current 4. The Rockit 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 its opening and that have plagued it since, the ride is not yet running at full capacity.

You can see an image of the Rockit's stranded train being dragged to the crest of the hill by workmen over at Screamscape.

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I was so lucky to ride the Rockit on it's opening day and I really enjoyed it. It is such a weird sensation going up the life hill.
It is such a shame there have been so many problems. When it is running properly it will be brilliant for everyone!!!!

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