On Wednesday morning, Universal Studios’ popular Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster broke down, causing guests in two different ride vehicles to become stuck on the attraction.
If you’re unfamiliar with Universal Orlando Resort, it comprises a number of thrilling attractions at the resort’s Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks and the Volcano Bay water park. The Universal Studios theme park is home to Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, one of the resort’s highly popular roller coaster attractions. The attraction is around 17 stories tall and is considered to be one of the tallest coasters in all of Orlando. It’s also highly thrilling, as it introduced the world’s first non-inverting loop.
Here’s how Universal describes Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit on their official website:
If you’re looking for a rip-roaring rush, this is it. And there’s a high-tech twist: As you strap in, you’ll pick the song you want to hear above your own ear-shattering shrieks.
Adrenaline pumping and music thumping, you’ll climb straight toward the sky at a 90-degree angle. After the first ferocious drop, you’ll tear through the track, reaching a blistering 65 mph. Once you’re back on solid ground, view your adventure as a photo or music video and purchase a copy to take home. You’ll want to relive this adventure again and again.
According to WESH 2 News, guest evacuations took place at around 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday. Guests were evacuated from their seats and led down several stairs with the assistance of Universal Studios Orlando team members. Altogether, 12 guests occupying two separate ride vehicles were assisted from the attraction by Universal personnel.
Take a look at the images below to see where each of the ride vehicles was located during the evacuation:
Officials from the Orlando Fire Department said that local fire crews were on standby to offer help if needed. However, in the case of this particular ride breakdown, nobody was hurt.
At this time, WESH reports that Universal Orlando Resort has declined their request for comment. Universal Orlando Resort has yet to publicly share why the attraction broke down or when it will be back up and running. At the time of this article’s publication, no other details have been released.
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