The Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit rollercoaster at Universal Studios Florida has reopened, over a month after it closed due to technical problems.
The coaster reopened on Wednesday (October 27), although it will not operate during the evening Halloween Horror Nights events at the park. Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit has been out of action at Universal Studios Florida since September 16, with the park initially claiming that it was down for routine maintenance. However, the closure dragged on with Universal eventually revealing that it planned to take advantage of the closure to perform "annual maintenance" on the coaster.
There have been mixed reports regarding Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit since its return to operations, with some riders claiming that the coaster's trains may have been updated to give a smoother ride. Others, such as Orlando Attractions Magazine, reported no noticeable differences. With no major work on the ride's track having been observed during the closure period, it seems likely that some updates were made to the trains although how significant these were remains to be seen.
Universal denies that the extended closure of one of Universal Studios Florida's headline attractions is due to a fault in the ride's trains revealed in a recent letter from manufacturer Maurer Söhne, claiming that the issue was detected and resolve prior to the letter even being sent.
Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit has had a troubled history, with the ride opening several months late and continuing to be plagued by technical issues thereafter. Prior to the refurbishment work, Universal was still unable to run the ride at full capacity, over a year after it first opened.
The music-themed attraction has received a mixed reception from coaster fans, with some complaining that it is too rough. However, Theme Park Tourist gave it a positive review after attending the ride's soft opening in August 2009.