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Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios Florida

Location
Production Central.

Restrictions and access
Must be at least 51 inches and under 80 inches; all personal items (including wallets and cell phones) must be stored in free lockers; has Express Pass access (as of March 2013); usually has a single rider line; guests must pass through a metal detector prior to riding;

Two sentence insider summary
Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket is a high-speed outdoor rollercoaster. It is USF’s tallest thrill ride featuring an impressive 17 story, 90 degree lift hill, and marketed as the “most technologically advanced” roller-coaster in the world because of each rider’s ability to choose his or her own soundtrack during the ride.

Fear factor
5 out of 5. The first 30 seconds are terrifying, but after that it really is not scary at all.

 

 

What you wish you knew before you experienced it
The single rider line can be deceptively slow. And don’t worry about getting in the front row — the ride vehicles feature stadium seating so you will get a good view no matter what.

Music selection

Classic rock and heavy metal
“Bring Me to Life,” Evanescence
“Paralyzer,” Finger Eleven
“Born to be Wild,” Hinder (a cover version of the song originally performed by Steppenwolf)
“Rollin’”,” Limp Bizkit
“Kickstart My Heart,” Mötley Crüe
“Gimme All Your Lovin’,” ZZ Top

Club and electronica
“Intergalactic”, Beastie Boys
“Busy Child,” The Crystal Method
“Keep Hope Alive,” The Crystal Method
“Harder Better Faster Stronger,” Daft Punk
“Pump Up the Volume,” MARRS
“Le Disko,” Shiny Toy Guns

Country
“Midnight Rider,” The Allman Brothers Band
“The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” The Charlie Daniels Band
“Guitars, Cadillacs,” Dwight Yoakam
“I Can Sleep When I’m Dead,” Jason Michael Carroll
“Living in Fast Forward,” Kenny Chesney
“All Night Long,” Montgomery Gentry

Rap and hip-hop
“Sabotage,” Beastie Boys
“Don’t Phunk with My Heart,” The Black Eyed Peas
“Pump It,” The Black Eyed Peas
“Insane in the Brain,” Cypress Hill
“Stronger,” Kanye West
“Rock Star,” N.E.R.D.

Pop music and disco
“Bad Girls,” Donna Summer
“Glamorous,” Fergie
“I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor
“That’s the Way (I Like It),” KC and the Sunshine Band
“U Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer
Hella Good,” No Doubt

OI fun fact
Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket features hidden music tracks. Here’s the instructions and song list courtesy of PartyThroughTheParks.com:

You need to do this quickly – before you start going vertical or the computer will randomly choose a song for you. You will not be recorded on your ride with one of these hidden songs, so if you wanted the DVD of you riding, pick an official song.

Disclaimer: since this is a “secret” feature, it can’t be guaranteed to work every time so take that into consideration. If it’s your first ride that you’ve waited over an hour for, we personally wouldn’t risk it.

101 – Temples of Syrinx – Rush
102 – Smithereens – Blues Before&After
103 – Break On Through – The Doors
104 – Crocodile Rock – Elton John
105 – Do It Again – Steely Dan
106 – Candlebox – Don’t You
107 – Drivin’ Rain – Gov’t Mule
108 – 8 Miles High – The Byrds
109 – Fantasy – Aldo Nova
110 – American Hi-Fi – I’m A Fool
112 – Freebird – Skynyrd
113 – Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
114 – Just Because – Jane’s Addiction
115 – Live – Lenny Kravitz
116 – Mexicola – Queens / Stone Age
121 – Tom Petty-Runnin Down a Dream
122 – Rolling Stones – Start Me Up
123 – Stockholm Syndrom – Muse
124 – Diary of Jane – Breaking Benjamin
127 – Urgent – Foreigner
128 – Vertigo – U2
129 – Wheel in the Sky – Journey
130 – Won’t Get Fooled Again-The Who
131 – Klein Mandelbrot – aka: Blue Man Group: The Ride
132 – Drumbone – Blue Man Group
200’s – BLANK
301 – Float On – Modest Mouse
302 – I Want You Back – Jackson Five
303 – In My Pocket – Cat Empire
304 – Still Rock ‘n Roll To Me – Billy Joel
306 – Lose Yourself – Eminem
307 – Ride Like The Wind – Christopher Cross
308 – Run to You – Bryan Adams
309 – Save Room – John Legend
310 – Vogue – Madonna
311 – You Make Lovin Fun – Fleetwood Mac
312 – My Everything – Barry White
400’s – BLANK
504 – Smokin’ Gun – Robert Cray
506 – The Thrill Is Gone – BB King
507 – Who Did You Think I Was – John Mayer Trio
508 – Pivot – Dry
600’s – BLANK
701 – Cyanide – Metallica 
702 – Endangered Species – Flaw
703 – For Whom The Bell Tolls – Metallica
704 – Forever Down-Black Label Society
705 – How Heavy This Axe – The Sword
706 – Just One Fix – Ministry
707 – Know your Enemy – Rage Against the Machine
708 – Lets Go – Ministry
709 – Mouth For War – Pantera
710 – Painkiller – Judas Priest
711 – Paranoid – Black Sabbath
712 – Temptation’s Wings – Down
713 – Wicker Man – Iron Maiden
714 – Unreal – Ill Nino
715 – Wake Up Dead – Megadeth
716 – We Call This Mutha Revenge – Suicidal Tendencies
718 – You’ve Got Another Thing Comin – Judas Priest
782 – Monster – Skillet
800’s – BLANK
901 – Movin Right Along – Muppets
902 – Rainbow Connection-Muppets
903 – Your Attitude Towards Cuttlefish – Paper Moon
904 – Night on Bald Mountain – Modest Mussorgsk

Taylor’s favorite song selection
124 – Diary of Jane by Breaking Benjamin

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit music video

The personalized music video, available for purchase after your ride, received a complete overhaul in June 2013. Thanks to Attractions Magazine for getting a copy of the new video right away, which you can view below. To see the old style video, check out our upload on YouTube.

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit – photo gallery

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Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit – real guest reviews

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 68 reviews
Rip Ride Rockit
Date Of Last Visit: 6/11/16

I never write reviews but I must say I have rode many roller coasters and I love them , but I was very disappointed in the Rip Ride! I was on the very last seat of the coaster and it was extremely rough . As I read other reviews , it made me feel better to know others felt the same. Maybe the front is better, all I know is I had a terrible headache when I got off . Yes , it slung me around like a rag doll. My recommendation is to ask if you can wear a football helmet and a BC powder before riding , especially if they put you in the back! I couldn't wait for that ride to end .#dontsitinthelastseat

Depends on the car you're in
Date Of Last Visit: 12-16-14

I rode this four times in a row on the evening of DEC 16th. The first time I was in the last row and it was super smooth, making this the most amazing ride ever on this coaster. The other three times were not at all as smooth--one time also in the last row, other two times a bit further up. If they can adjust all the train cars like that first one, everyone will always love this ride. I'm guessing that with age, the cars are a bit looser on the rails resulting in a bumpy ride--which is not good.

Something's changed
Date Of Last Visit: 09/25/14

We've ridden this coaster 4 or 5 times previously in the last year and it was definitely our favorite. Every other time, however, we sat in the first or 2nd row. We loved how smooth a ride it was.

This time - we were in the last row and as some have noted, it's an entirely different experience - quite rough and hard to tell whether to press one's head against the head rest or try and hold it away. Both left with slight headaches. But that wasn't the worse 'change'.

It's one thing to have everyone put loose items in the lockers - but they challenged zipped pockets, wallets and keys in pockets. We had to go back to the locker a 2nd time. And then they challenged paper towel in my husbands jeans and there were at least 4 'checkpoints' all the way to the top of the ride. No other ride was enforced this rigorously and it turned us off to our favorite coaster.

by ComebackMomma on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
Brain Scrambler
Date Of Last Visit: 8/31/14

I am a huge coaster fan so I was super excited to ride this one. If I could do 2.5 stars, that's probably what I would give it. Having ridden a few other coasters with only lap restraints, I expected this ride to be smooth, but it was not. The thrill of going straight up and the huge drop in the beginning was great, but much of the middle of the ride was too rough. The second half of the ride was much smoother and enjoyable enough for me to put my hands up. Some folks complain about the music, but I thought some classic MC Hammer was a perfect accompaniment to the ride. G forces are really strong on this one too so don't do it if that is not something you like.

Once is enough
Date Of Last Visit: 08/17/2014

The music choices are very outdated and Universal would do well to update them. I've been on all of the coasters at Universal and to me this was the roughest ride. The 90 degree ascent made breathing more difficult than normal for me and my friends. I also felt that one could easily get injured on this ride as my head was jostling and slamming around much more than I would like and more so than the other coasters.

Some say this ride is good for those who get queasy on inversions. Luckily I don't get motion sickness so I think I will stick to the other coasters which leave my head and neck more intact and less prone to injury.

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