Incredible Hulk Coaster @ Islands of Adventure

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Islands of Adventure’s Hulk Coaster is Incredible
Incredible Hulk Coaster - Islands of AdventureIslands of Adventure’s Incredible Hulk is one of the best looking coasters you’ll find anywhere. The twisted mess of bright green track is built partially over the park’s lake. Hulk’s enclosed lift hill and massive cobra roll and vertical loops dominate the skyline at Islands of Adventure. The layout is right on top of the park, but not to its detriment. Hulk is perfectly integrated into the walking paths and spectators are frozen in their tracks as they pass under the marvel.

The experience starts with the pre-ride theming of the queue made to look like a scientific facility straight from the comic book. The station is a futuristic gamma radiation chamber responsible for turning Bruce Banner into the Hulk. Riders climb aboard the suped up, comfortable, four across trains in anticipation of an unforgettable ride.
Hulk has one of the best opening sequences I’ve ever Incredible Hulk Coaster - Islands of Adventure experienced. First, riders are launched 0 to 40 mph (via a tire propelled launch system) up the enclosed lift hill. 40 miles per hour is nothing extreme, but riding through the long tube, up into the light of day only to be spun upside down by a zero-g roll over 100′ in the air is unbelievable. This is easily one of my favorite all-time inversions. It just has to be experienced. After the roll, the train plummets back down towards the lake and then back up into a super-sized cobra roll (seen here) offering two more high altitude inversions. Next, the train enters a massive vertical loop. The trains dives into an underground mist filled tunnel, flies back up and does a sweeping helix around the enclosed lift hill.

From here on, Hulk loses its great pacing. Immediately after the helix the train enters a quick corkscrew, then a smaller tighter vertical loop that wraps around an upcoming brake run. After a few more turns riders are pulled into the brake run as they pass through the previous loop. Then they drop down and into the final inversion, another corkscrew, and after a few more turns you hit the station brakes. While I’m glad that the ride doesn’t just end after the incredible opening sequence, the second half seems crammed and a lot less interesting than the first half. The back half is also uncharacteristically rough for a Bolliger & Mabillard coaster. Even B&M’s loopers are usually very smooth and forgiving. These tighter inversions supply a little head bang. The banging’s not unforgivable, but definitely noticeable. Here’s a view of the crowded back half.

Roller Coaster Reviews & RatingsThe Hulk is an amazing roller coaster and truly a one-of-a-kind ride. The theming, originality, and overall rideability are top-knotch and I want to give it a 10. But The Hulk falls just short. See my rating scale here. Final Rating – 9.5 (Excellent Approaching Superior)

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24 Comments

  1. its probably my favorite ride though ive only been to carowinds(awesome) and dollowood(not so great) ya it losses its greatness ofter the small helix but the 1st half is perfect nothing else better

  2. Hulk is indeed a great coaster. Theming is great and the coaster is very eye- catching. It is the unique launched roller coaster from B&M, isn't it? Well, I think the second part is not that bad. And I think the launch is spetacular, it feels like more than 40 miles per hour!!!

  3. Really didn’t like this at all.. Rode it in 2001 and 2005 last, and even 10 years ago i banged my head more than any other B&M looper I have ever been on (in 2001 i travelled the USA extensively with my best friend and spent 3 months doing just coasters, and more or less did every US B&M in existence at that point). Honestly even though I was excited to launch into a roll, even *that* didn’t work for me the way I thought it would (and the zero g roll is my fave inversion tied with the dive loop). I tried front back and middle seats and was uncomfortable in all. I am a tall (6ft 3) guy but slim, i don’t know if my height has anything to do with the pain but if it did surely the other B&M’s would cause the same issue?

    anyway, what would make it a great coaster is to change the restraints/trains, and put a couple airtime hills instead of the brake run.. so it would become a 4 inversion coaster, sure, but much more comfortable without head banging, and add airtime! This coaster is dying for a rehab.

    It’s kind of unique, and it looks stunning, I will give it that. Honestly i may ride it once on my trip next year, but I suspect i will be sitting on dragon challenge all day instead (which i love – hey is it true they don’t duel those anymore? The loop head on was amazing) – My honest rating of the hulk is 5/10.

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