You simply can’t ride The Revenge of the Mummy rollercoaster without remembering one iconic scene.
We’re not talking about the story-building beginning when you find out that a Universal Orlando Resort Guest has somehow ended up in the clutches of the Mummy. We’re not talking about the portion of the ride where the Scarabs begin to infiltrate your cart and you’re forced to ride in reverse. We’re not even talking about the portion where Imhotep stops what you might’ve thought was the end of the ride and becomes the “new ride attendant,” breaking the fourth wall.
We’re actually talking about a scene that takes place once the thrill of the ride has come to an end.
As you’re making your way back to the unloading station, you see Brendan Fraser (Rick O’ Connell) in his interview chair and has this to say:
“Hey, welcome back. I hope you enjoyed yourself. I would’ve enjoyed this interview more if I HAD GOTTEN MY CUP OF COFFEE!”
Imhotep, of course, is happy to make the delivery, and as his shadow falls over Fraser, the screen cuts to black, and we hear the iconic music from The Mummy (1999) franchise play over, clapping as we exit the ride vehicle.
Universal confirmed earlier this year that the dark coaster was set for a lengthy closure and that the last day to ride it would be January 7. The attraction is not expected to reopen until late summer 2022 and there could be some noticeable changes.
While nothing has been confirmed and a retheme isn’t the expectation, Orlando Park Stop and Cinema Blend have shared rumors that the scene with Fraser at the end of the ride could be taken out.
In addition, it seems that the ride– though it will keep many of the same components as the attraction we know today– may be due for an update to its story.
There are certainly some reasons to potentially consider updating the ride’s story. The video component is shown in standard definition video, and so it shows the age of the attraction, which opened in 2004, probably more than anything. That and the fact that the Brendan Fraser Mummy franchise hasn’t seen a new entry since 2008.
Plunge High Speed into Total Darkness.
Digging your nails into the safety rail, you’ll hold on tight as you rush forwards and back on the track, fleeing from the evil Mummy Imhotep. Just as it seems you might’ve escaped, you’ll plunge straight down into a pitch-black abyss with no end in sight. Will you ever see daylight again? Or will you remain sealed inside this tomb forever?
It will be interesting to see what Universal decides to do in terms of maintenance and refurbishments when it closes and how the attraction is branded when it reopens later in 2022.
Will you be riding Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Orlando Resort before it closes in January?