Incredible Hulk Coaster Ride Vehicles and Immersive Queue Revealed For Re-Launch
After months of seeing it dismantled and completely re-built, The Incredible Hulk coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure is slowly roaring back to life!
Universal fans have been waiting quite some time for the re-launch of their favorite coaster at Universal Islands of Adventure. Universal has finally shed some light on the revamped coaster. Not only will we see shiny new track, but a new ride queue, and new ride vehicles as well, making it more high tech and more immersive than ever! The ride vehicles are said to have a sleek, modern new look. And from the photos released, we can see that it will have over the head restraints putting to rest the rumors of using a single lap bar style restraint. This is kind of a let down, as we were hoping for more comfy restraints similar to what is on Banshee at Kings Island or Valravn at Cedar Point. Once on board the new ride vehicle, guests will discover a brand new, in-seat audio system that booms an original track created by Patrick Stump, who happens to be well known for being in the rock band Fall Out Boy.
So what did they do with the old track that was removed? Well, some of it was saved for themeing elements on the revamped Hulk. For instance, as you enter the ride queue, guests will pass underneath a giant figure of The Hulk that will be holding up pieces of the coaster’s track. The track that he is holding are pieces saved from the original ride! How cool is that!?!
All the new features is exactly what the Hulk Coaster needed to keep it ahead of the curve in the coaster game.
Check out more details from Universal Orlando Resort’s official blog below:
“A new story.
A new ride vehicle.
A new queue experience.
A new entrance.
The only things you’ll recognize when The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure re-opens in late summer are the world-famous twists and turns of the ride track.
This fan favorite is undergoing thrilling, new enhancements that will make it feel more immersive and high-tech – but will still have the same “Incredible” personality that makes it one of America’s most popular coasters. For the first time ever, we’re sharing details about the revamped coaster.
Massive New Marquee
From the moment you walk up to the beloved coaster, you’ll see the huge changes that were made to the attraction. As you enter the ride, you’ll pass underneath a towering figure of The Hulk, using his colossal strength to hold up pieces of the coaster’s track. And fun fact, these track pieces were salvaged from the original ride.
New, Original Storyline
General Thaddeus Ross is calling for volunteers for a new experiment. Your only warning is that you’ll be subjected to high levels of gamma radiation through a process called Hulk-a-fication – a potentially life-altering process first introduced by Dr. Bruce Banner.
The end result is said to give subjects magnificent strength and a forceful amount of energy. Will you emerge as the military’s next super soldier…or something else entirely?
Completely Redesigned Queue
Your part of the story begins the moment you enter the building – which has been redesigned as a state-of-the-art military research compound, commanded by General Ross.
Inside, General Ross is conducting an array of questionable, bio-radiological experiments. You’ll pass by laboratories containing high-tech equipment his team uses to execute his mysterious tests.
Next, you’ll arrive at the Gamma core – an intense energy source that sends pulsing waves of radiation upward to fuel General Ross’s experiment. Not to worry – a thick pane of glass will protect you from direct exposure to the radioactive core. 😉
As you move along, you’ll witness the transformation of your predecessors as they undergo the perilous Hulk-a-fication process.
Finally, you’ll be rushed to a loading platform, sparking with electric bursts as the Gamma accelerator powers up to blast you with superhuman strength. Prepare for the ride of your life…
Totally New Ride Vehicle
From there, you’ll step into an entirely new ride vehicle. The changes start with its sleek, modern new look. Once on board, you’ll discover a brand new, in-seat audio system that booms an original ride score created by Patrick Stump, front man for the internationally-renowned rock band Fall Out Boy.
The next thing you know, you’re rocketing through a new launch tunnel, packed with amazing special effects, as you’re propelled out over Marvel Super Hero Island with super-human force.
It’s the ride you love, but not like you’ve ever known it before. Stay tuned here for all the details. And I’ll see you in late summer on The Incredible Hulk Coaster!”
Take a peek at the completed track from our last visit to Universal Orlando!
Hulk isn’t the only attraction making waves in 2016 at Universal Orlando. A new attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, is also scheduled to open this summer at IOA between Jurassic Park and Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls. Skull Island is near completion as vigorous ride testing has already begun. Crews are also currently working on a new Fast and Furious ride over on the studios side that will reside in the area where Beetlejuice was. Another new ride being constructed at Studios is the Ride Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. It will be replacing Twister. We will have more updates on all of these new attractions as construction progresses.
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