If you’ve been missing one of the best roller coasters in America, you’ll be happy to know that the Incredible Hulk Coaster has re-opened at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Originally opened in 1999, this awesome attraction closed for renovation in September 2015. Now the popular ride is back up and gamma-charged…more than ever.
Located within the park’s Marvel Super Hero Island, the Incredible Hulk Coaster has been voted within the top 10 ten roller coasters in the USA for several years. Time will tell if the new improvements will keep this action attraction at the top. Improvements should help keep its status as a great roller coaster to experience, however, not much has changed.
Incredible Hulk Coaster Ride Features
Originally the ride accelerated from zero to 40 mph in two seconds flat. This hasn’t changed. The Hulk launches riders upward 150 ft. and reaches top speeds of 67 mph. This too is the same. The track or path the Incredible Hulk Coaster has not changed, although the track itself is all new. Therefore, it still has a total of seven inversions and two subterranean trenches. The ride, however, is a whole lot smoother. Gone are the brain-bouncing jiggles during the 2-minute 15-second ride.
One of the most notable new features of the Incredible Hulk Coaster is its queue. Lighting changes inside the building have been made, making it appear more modern. With so much green on the outside, Universal has left that hue out of this portion of the experience. The ride has shifted the focus from Bruce Banner to the rider himself. Read more about the storyline on Universal’s blog.
The ride entrance features a new Hulk statue hoisting a ride vehicle. An interesting fact is that the track the Hulk holds is part of the original ride’s rail! A nice way to recycle. The ride vehicles are all new and resonate with an all new onboard sound system. Music plays during the ride and is choreographed for a full effect of the ride’s movements. Featured is music by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. From a sudden (and I mean sudden) launch, through barrel rolls, cobra rolls and zero gravity, you’ll be repeating “Do not be afraid.”
The Incredible Hulk Coaster is a great ride. Now more than ever, you’ll be able to experience what it feels like to “hulk out.” Be sure to add it on your list of things to do if visiting Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure.
When vacationing in Orlando or the Kissimmee area, put Capone’s Dinner & Show on your list of things to do as well. Keep some “green” in your pocket and spend an evening with the ‘incredible’ Wise Guys. The cost for your entire group of super heros (a.k.a. your gang) makes this the best dinner show offer around. Since 1992 the show has charged up the audience without the use of gamma rays. Still, you’re gonna have a blast!