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Universal Studio’s “Incredible Hulk” coaster prepares for late summer relaunch

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Inside Scoop on relaunch of Incredible Hulk Coaster

It’s almost time to welcome back one of Universal Studio’s best rides:  the Incredible Hulk Coaster.

When I visited Universal Studios last summer, one of the first rides I demanded to ride again was the Hulk.  It was my very first attraction I ever went on as a first time visitor in 2014, and there is something very special about your first ride (this is Mickey’s Philharmagic in Disneyworld).

Imagine my sadness when a friend told me they were shutting down the ride.  Shut it down?  It’s one of the best coasters I’ve ever been on!  Luckily, he quickly told me that it wasn’t being shut down for good:  it was about to undergo some major renovations that would make the green coaster even better.

Universal Studios Hulk

The Story

For starters, the story has been improved.  According to my friend (and season pass holder/tour guide extraordinaire), Universal Studios is under a tight watch since Disney acquired Marvel back in 2009.  They are not allowed to add new attractions; they are only allowed to improve upon the old ones.  This is why the Hulk coaster is allowed to have an upgrade…and boy, does it need one.

The premise of the ride (Bruce Banner is trying yet another experiment and it–shock surprise–doesn’t end well) is incredibly dated.  The images/voices/effects as you pass through the queue harken me back to an age of Pizza Hut kids’ meals, Power Rangers, and the Disney Afterschool Special.  It was high time for Dr. Banner to get a new mission:

General Thaddeus Ross is calling for volunteers for a new experiment. Your only warning is that you’ll be subjected to high levels of gamma radiation through a process called Hulk-a-fication – a potentially life-altering process first introduced by Dr. Bruce Banner.  The end result is said to give subjects magnificent strength and a forceful amount of energy. Will you emerge as the military’s next super soldier…or something else entirely?—Universal Studios Blog

The Look

As soon as you step in line for The Hulk, you’ll notice a brand new marquee featuring track from the original ride.  Once inside, you’ll seen an interior which is reflective of the new storyline. Lastly, the ride’s cars have been totally overhauled: they are sleeker, feature in-seat audio (like Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster), and the attraction even has a new musical score by Fall Out Boy front-man, Patrick Stump.

To learn more about the attraction and secure Universal Studios tickets, Hulk smash your way over here.