Universal Coaster Launches 10 mph Faster Than Normal After Breaking Down

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VelociCoaster

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Have you ever been in line for an attraction at a theme park, and then, suddenly, there is a delay.

Credit: Universal
Credit: Universal

If you are at Walt Disney World Resort and this happens, the ride will temporarily close — as noted on the My Disney Experience app –, and Guests will have to exit the attraction depending on how long the closure is predicted to last. At Universal Orlando Resort, when a ride shuts down, it is noted as a delay on the Universal Orlando app. But have you ever wondering what the reason that these rides break down is?

VelociCoaster
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One Universal Orlando Guest has an answer for us! Jurassic World VelociCoaster is the newest attraction at Islands of Adventure, and from time to time, will experience a technical difficulty. Unlike Disney World, Universal will often announce the delay to the Guests in the queue but will allow them to stay in line if they are willing to wait for the issue to resolve. Well, when this happened to Guest Shatisha C., she was able to witness a pretty cool experience.

VelociCoaster
Credit: Inside the Magic

In a Universal Orlando Annual Pass group, Universal Guests were discussing attraction delays and why they occur. Shatisha chimed in with her recent experience on VelociCoaster, where she was about to ride the coaster when it experienced a 20-minute delay while riders were still aboard the train. 

Shatisha mentioned:

I was in line for front row when this happened. It stopped for about 20 minutes with riders on a train. They pulled the train back a bit and launched them 80 mph instead of 70 over the 2nd launch. They all seemed very happy about the speed lol. This train mishap caused a delay because they pulled the other trains and used 3 afterward instead of the usual amount. My son and I were able to ride after they got things going- we actually had gotten boarded and had to exit to wait for them to rectify the issue. Everyone was very nice about it.

VelociCoaster
Credit: ITM

We spoke with her further, and it seems that the Team Members told the Guests that they were going to re-launch the train at 80 mph instead of 70 mph on the second launch. She was able to see them do it on the monitors in the control room, which is located right across from the boarding area and easily visible to Guests who are waiting to board.

VelociCoaster
Credit: Inside the Magic

As Shatisha mentioned, the Team Members handed the situation with care, and the Guests remained happy and understanding throughout. As someone who loves the coaster, I can easily say that I would be thrilled to go 10 mph faster at any point on the coaster. Of course, we were not present to see this happen, and the coaster is meant to travel at 70 mph at its fastest, so this is not something that Guests can expect. It seems that the train needed to launch faster as it came to a stop and needed more momentum to make it over the top hat.

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