Eh, the sound effects are a little cheesy and will probably get annoying after watching the ride for a while (like when you're waiting for your party), but the lighting is top-notch. I kind of worry about the strobe effect inside the tunnel though...
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viking86 wrote:Hulk testing video! Not sure about the roar, seems it could be annoying after some time, but great to see that the lights on the outside of the launch tunnel are syncronized with the launch. The rest of the light package looks great as well!
WOW!! I love the lighting package for this coaster. Everything from the lights on the launch tunnel, to the lights in the tunnel after the loop. Looks like a good fit for Universal!!
Not sure about the growling Hulk sound. . . It sounds more like a constipated Hulk, or a Hulkgasam.
When I arrived at the park this morning, I was excited to see Hulk testing with people on board. As I arrived at the entrance however, the barricades were up and they stated that they were just starting to test with ride techs and employees, and that "Hulk would be opening sometime late summer." Imagine my surprise walking past around 7 pm to see the barricades down and "technical rehearsal" signs up! Apparently things were going well and it was a last minute decision to go ahead and open. I took a couple pictures as I rushed to get my cell phone and keys in a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo, and was very lucky to get 3 rides in before park close.
My thoughts... What a great ride! I haven't ridden it before, so I can't comment on the refurb, but I though the queue theming was fantastic. They did a great job on the effects for the gamma reactor. There were a few hiccups in the queue, but overall I thought operations was doing a great job keeping things moving. There are metal detectors, but they were well staffed and didn't seem to be slowing anything down. The launch was a surprise. Given the friction wheel system, I did not expect it to be as forceful as it was. To me the initial grab seemed very similar to the magnetic launches on the Flight of Fear coasters at KI and KD, though not quite as fast at the top end. The roll off the launch is great, quick transitions, and everything was very smooth in my rides in rows 4, 7, and 8. I can't remember many other specifics as I was having too much fun enjoying myself! My only small critique is that it seems a bit slow to me through the final two elements after the MCBR, however I think it's a great ride and a nice addition (re-addition?) to a nice park.
I had a very unpleasant experience with shuffling on my only ride, hopefully it was just the seat I was in (Left side row 7). It was shaking from start to end, rougher than any ride I remember having on it before..
I'm interested to hear what other people who rode it before the transformation think/what their experience is!
Earlier today TPR attended the Universal Studios Orlando Summer Media Event and saw all of the awesome new summer offerings! We started off with an early morning walk through of the queue at Reign of Kong where we got to see the amazing queue effects and scaractors up close. Then we moved over to Incredible Hulk which is currently in technical previews and got to ride this newly re-imagined and plussed up iconic B&M coaster. We then finished off our morning touring the brand new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort which is a beautiful addition to their already great resort lineup. The story is in the pictures... so lets take a look!
We start off the morning with a pre-opening Reign of Kong queue walk through.
The detail in the queue is awesome! Really like a movie set.
The natives in the queue are getting restless!
This queue is an attraction in itself - it even has animatronics!
I really can't stress enough how detailed this queue is - really one of the best in Orlando.
Cameras are not allowed on the ride - but this spec sheet shows you what the vehicles are like.
If the weather is good, you start off outside the ride in your vehicle. If it is bad, your vehicle will bypass this portion. Cool!
The climax of the ride is a face to face look at the big guy! It is VERY impressive in person!
Time to head over to ride The Incredible Hulk! Love this view!
Hulk is BACK and is better than ever! Onboard sound, new trains and track and an awesome new queue.
LOVE the new entrance statement for the queue! Really sets up the ride well.
TWISTY! So many great elements to this coaster!
They really ramped up the storyline to tie it into the Marvel Universe even more. Even the metal detectors have theming!
The queue uses the storyline of General Thaddeus Ross and his base.
So many cool lighting effects and the largest plasma generator in the world!
So many cool themed signs and references!
Hmmm.. I wonder what nefarious purpose this is being used for!
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