Interview: Designer of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Louis Alfieri

While I was in Orlando last week, I was lucky enough to be able to interview Universal Studio’s Creative Director Louis Alfieri. He’s one of the minds behind their new ground-breaking roller coaster Hollywood: Rip Ride Rockit. I was eager to learn more about the new roller coaster that combines state-of-the-art audio and visual technology with a unique ride. Lights Camera Action!  R...[Read More]

Back from Orlando

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ll have a Manta review and my exclusive interview with the Creative Director of Hollywood: Rip Ride Rockit up soon. On my way back from Florida, I also stopped at Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Georgia. It was a great trip and I’ve got some really cool content to put up. For now, here’s a picture of Manta’s dive to...[Read More]

SeaWorld & Universal Orlando Trip

Next week I’m headed down to Orlando for SeaWorld’s grand opening of Manta. It’s been open for over a week, but the Media Day will include the ‘Manta Cam’. It will basically be a personal camera pointed at me while I ride. It’s also supposed to include other point of view shots and angles. Now that I think of it, it sounds a lot like the on-board video feature o...[Read More]

New Rip Ride Rockit Promo Video

Universal Studio’s new interactive thrill ride Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit has unfortunately been delayed. It was set to open Spring 2009 and will now open Late Spring/Early Summer. At least there’s a new promo video showing off the ride’s unique elements and multi-media experience. See all of my Rip Ride Rockit posts. Also, check out ScreamScape for construction photos.

Universal Orlando Super Bowl Commercial

All the beer commercials were cool, but like many coaster enthusiasts I perked up when I saw the Universal Orlando ad during the Super Bowl. I thought the ad was neat. Universal has to differentiate itself from Disney and the hero appeal is a nice approach. Also, I don’t feel like you normally see an ad that targets the Dads, but I could be wrong. As a former Marketing major I’d have t...[Read More]

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Video

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit – Model & VideoMore details are starting to emerge on Universal Studios’ Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit. We already new about the main distinction of the ride. Riders will be able to download a video of their ride and post it on the Web. Details on the layout were a bit sketchy, but the picture’s becoming more clear. Now, ScreamScape has posted photos o...[Read More]

New Transformers Ride, Terminator Coaster & More

Recent Theme Park News Stories – Transformers, Terminator, & MoreSince I’ve been busy working on Coaster Portal, I’ve missed a few news stories. Here’s a recap of the biggest stories from the past month or so: Gravity Group Launches Blog & Podcast – GravitycastThe Gravity Group, acclaimed wooden roller coaster designers, recently launched their blog and podcas...[Read More]

Fright Fest, Halloween Haunt, & More

Theme Parks Gear Up for Halloween 2008 TransformationsThis month, theme parks across the country will begin their transformation for Halloween-themed events like Six Flags’ popular Fright Fests. Typically on weekends in the month of October, parks will take on a whole new look with spooky decorations, haunted houses, fog, and strange and disturbing performers roaming around the park. Hallowe...[Read More]

Fire at Universal Studios Hollywood

Large Fire at Universal Studios HollywoodThis morning, a large fire started blazing its way through Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. The fire began in a movie studio, but has also damaged the popular Cyclone ride in the theme park. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported yet. I’ll have more details as the story develops. More at Reuters. UPDATE – Westcoaster.n...[Read More]

Rip Ride Rockit Layout | Universal Studios

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit’s Layout ScreamScape has the scoop on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit’s layout. HRRR will be a massive looping roller coaster that will wind its way around Universal Studios Florida in 2009. Aside from the twisted layout, suspected to be designed by Maure Sohne, HRRR’s main distinction will be the on-board cameras that will allow riders to download a video of ...[Read More]

Simpsons Ride | Universal Studios Florida

Simpsons Ride Opens at Universal Studios Florida Last week, the new Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Florida opened. Island of Adventure Central has coverage of the grand opening. Universal went all out for the event. Visitors adorned blue Marge Simpson wigs handed out by the park. And Krusty the Clow was on hand to lead an orchestra during the ribbon cutting. The ride is a six minute long simul...[Read More]

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster @ Universal Studios

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Coming to Universal Studios Florida Announced this week, Universal Studios Florida will be adding a new roller coaster in 2009. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster (one of the dumbest names in recent memory) will be the park’s new high-tech signature coaster. Universal Embraces the “YouTube Culture” Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit’s main distinction...[Read More]

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