Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket

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Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket – Universal Studios

The waiting time for Rockit coaster was sixty minutes. That was the first excuse not to ride that a few of our party used! A couple of those remaining chickened out when they saw the vertical drop at the beginning of the ride, which just left three of us intrepid riders and thrill seekers!

Whilst queuing screens explain that the ride can be customised with individual music from country to pop and rock to hip hop. There is also a selection of about 8 songs in each genre. . . or you can always select ‘random’ and have a surprise. Choosing music helped pass the time and soon it was time to board the coaster via the moving sidewalk. We had less than a minute to get in the seats, bring the restraint down and choose our track.

My nephew was shown to the seat at the front of the carriage but the second row of two was good enough for me and my niece! Sharing the front seat was a teenage girl riding alone (Hot tip: if you are a single rider wait times are significantly reduced. )

We climbed in and selected our music (a bit of ZZ Top was my choice and I was very happy with it! ) and then we were off. Firstly Rockit makes a vertical climb of 50 feet in around 15 seconds but it was the anticipation of coming down which was most terrifying and it didn’t disappoint. The coaster twists and loops several times before dropping to ground level and passing through the building of the ‘Twister’ ride. With a thumping soundtrack we screamed loudly as we twisted and turned; the young lady in the front was obviously a seasoned pro at rides like this as she did the whole ride with her arms in the air, but I wasn’t so brave and held onto the restrain and my nieces hand for dear life! I did manage to keep my eyes open for most of the time at least.

As we finally braked and came into the station we were truly exhilarated. We all decided that Rockit overtook Rock and Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as our favourite ride. As well as the usual photo it is also possible to buy a digital copy of your ride experience with your chosen soundtrack. We were going to look for ours but by that time we thought those we had left at the bottom had been waiting long enough and the hot tub back at the villa was calling! Maybe next time!

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