If you are looking for your next fun-filled family adventure, there’s no better place to find it than at the Universal Studio’s Island of Adventure in Florida.
If there’s one thing Orlando, Florida has become famous for, it’s the blockbuster movies that are produced there. And what better way to enjoy Florida than spending time with your favorite super-heroes – on a real adventure.
That is exactly what the Island of Adventure has to offer you.
And one of the best adventures you can enjoy here is the Hulk roller coaster.
Whether you are a fan of the Incredible Hulk or not, there’s one thing that is certain – you’ll definitely be a fan of the Incredible Hulk roller coaster.
Let you show you why.
The Hulk Roller Coaster, Universal Studios
Ready to take an epic ride on a coaster that was voted the number one ride by Discovery Channel the very first year it launched?
Then hop in, fasten your seatbelts, and prepare for a monster of a ride.
The Incredible Hulk roller coaster is a steel coaster that has 8 cars that seat 4 people in a row, making it perfect if you want to ride as a family. This 3,700-foot-long ride will certainly thrill you with its 7 dizzying inversions. A cobra roll, 2 vertical loops, and 2 amazing corkscrews.
One of the main thrills patrons of the Hulk roller coaster enjoy is its zero-g roll.
For those unfamiliar with what a zero-g roll is, it is a roller coaster inversion where the track twists 360 degrees while cresting an airtime hill. At its peak, you will be fully inverted. The effect of this is that you will feel weightless, hence the term, zero-g.
The first roller coaster to feature a zero-g roll is Batman: The Ride at Six Flags and it was built by a Swiss company called Bolliger and Mabillard, the very company that built the Hulk Roller Coaster at Universal. This means you will definitely not be disappointed by the Hulk roller coaster as Bolliger and Mabillard seriously upped their game when it came to creating the incredibly exciting Hulk roller coaster.
The Hulk Roller Coaster – Experience Incredible Power
Before you experience the power and the thrill of the Hulk coaster, you are taken to Dr. Bruce Banner’s lab, just moments before the accident that transforms him into the green monster everyone loves.
But in this case, you are Dr. Bruce Banner.
Safely strapped into your seat by means of a very secure ratcheting over-the-shoulder restraint, the fun begins.
It’s important to note that this coaster is a launched roller coaster, meaning you will have to brace yourself for a very fast ride.
What is a launched roller coaster, you ask?
Traditional roller coasters feature a chain lift that takes them to the top of the hill. From there, gravity takes over powering the ride.
In the case of launched roller coasters, the ride is initiated with high amounts of acceleration by means of linear induction motors (LIM), linear synchronous motors (LSM), or other hydraulic-powered mechanisms. Because of the launch factor, this type of roller coaster can reach amazing breakneck speeds, high G-forces, and are also capable of incorporating interesting thrill factors into the ride.
That having been said, a question begs to be asked – how fast does the Hulk roller coaster go?
Because it is a launched roller coaster, I will answer your question in two parts – the launch phase and the top speed.
When it launches, the Hulk roller coaster goes from 9-40 miles per hour in just 2 seconds. Yes, you read that right and it’s not a typo. This is one incredible ride that you definitely have to experience in order to appreciate. This is especially since it allows you to experience G-forces greater than astronauts experience when launching – 4g to be exact.
After launching, the Incredible Hulk roller coaster reaches a top speed of 67 miles per hour, taking you through some of the best-designed loops, twists, and turns you will find on a roller coaster.
From the queue that takes you to the ride to the ride itself, everything tells the story of Dr. Bruce Banner’s transformation into the Incredible Hulk. If you are a fan of the comic book series and movie, you’ll definitely appreciate the small details that add to the character and experience of this ride.
Once you are seated in your seat, for example, the train departs the station and enters the gamma-ray accelerator – the machine responsible for transforming a gentle Dr. into a monster.
From the gamma-ray accelerator, you are then launched on the ride of your life.
Upon exiting the gamma-ray accelerator, the coaster immediately goes into a zero-g roll, down a 105-foot drop, and into a dizzying cobra roll over the Island’s main lagoon. The train will then take you through a vertical loop before taking you into a subterranean tunnel full of mist.
The train then encircles the gamma-ray accelerator and goes into the back area via corkscrew. You will then go through another, smaller vertical loop which is flanked by two over-banked turns. As you head to the finish line, the train is slowed down by the mid-course brakes, goes down another hill for another corkscrew and turn-around. After a helix, the coaster goes into its final break run.
All this action takes place in the space of 1 minute and 30 seconds.
That’s a lot of action in such a short space of time, but that just goes to show how fast the Incredible Hulk roller coaster is. It definitely is a thrilling experience.
The Hulk Roller Coaster – One Monster of a Ride
Not a ride to be missed, the Hulk roller coaster, Universal Studios, is one monster of a ride. From the storyline to the experience, you are bound to come out breathless, excited, and rearing to go for a second ride.