If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Orlando Sentinel)   Twelve passengers trapped on Universal Studios Orlando roller coaster. Even the Newsflash tag takes a backseat for the Florida tag   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 39
    More: Florida, Universal Orlando, Orlando Fire Department, Tom Schroder, passengers  
•       •       •

4490 clicks; posted to Main » on 10 Oct 2013 at 12:10 AM (27 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



39 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2013-10-10 12:10:45 AM
Trapped, rescued. Same difference when you're trolling for a green, amirite, Subby?
 
2013-10-10 12:15:13 AM
"Say what?"
 
2013-10-10 12:16:02 AM

gweilo8888: Trapped, rescued. Same difference when you're trolling for a green, amirite, Subby?


The guy who caused it pissed off George Lucas.

s3.amazonaws.com
api.ning.com
 
2013-10-10 12:19:59 AM
Hang in there guys.
 
2013-10-10 12:22:23 AM
O gawd that's awful. They will be forced to watch Hudson Hawk at least 5 times before being rescued.
 
2013-10-10 12:23:11 AM
Well hell, done in one.

/THE MIGHTY NEWSFLASH TAG HUMBLY TUCKS ITS TAIL BETWEEN ITS LEGS, RIGHT subs?
//pretty cool ride
 
2013-10-10 12:28:33 AM
3 hours.... that seems like exactly the perfect amount of time to be both "eh, thats reasonable when all safety procedures are followed during the rescue" and "wtf this is bullshiat they should have a 20 minute rescue policy!!1!!1!"

Meh.
 
2013-10-10 12:28:44 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com
Luckily it did not interfere with the most romantic proposal of all time.
 
2013-10-10 12:29:41 AM
I don't trust Universal Studios' safety procedures.

They re-purposed the Back To the Future ride into a Simpsons ride.   The motion control platforms are still Delorean car looking, with a roof over the rear seats.

My wife is a tall woman.  While riding in the rear seat, one of the new program's moves slammed her into the roof and knocked her unconscious.   We spent the rest of the evening (It was Halloween Horror Nights) in the ER.

They fixed it though. "Fixed"  Not by changing the program.  Instead there is a white line painted near the top of the entry doors, and you are warned that if you are taller than this line, do not sit in back. "There! I fixed it!"

We've been there, standing in a line waiting to buy a slushy, when a bolt fell out of the sky from one of the Jurassic Park area pterodactyl ride cars.  Alerted an employee, but it was 10 minutes before er heard the PA announcement of 'technical difficulties'.

Another time we were there, and the Duddly Doright themed ride had a fire.

I think if my family wasn't such Harry Potter junkies, I would totally avoid it.  I do totally refuse to go on that new rollercoaster.  It was broken far too many times during it's premier period.

/and I can't even depend on jadedness to save me, since they are building more Potter stuff
 
2013-10-10 12:37:41 AM
A former Universal employee told me that Rip Ride Rockit is sitting on somewhat unstable ground, and the ride often has to be stopped and reset as a result.  Don't know if it's a safety issue, but while it's a reasonably fun coaster, I don't think I'd want to be stuck on that vertical lift hill for any longer than it takes to normally get to the top.
 
2013-10-10 12:38:56 AM
12 Passengers?
anongallery.org
With a name like Judas, why did Jesus notNOT suspect him?
 
2013-10-10 12:42:37 AM

Phony_Soldier: Hang in there guys.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-10 12:45:14 AM
At least it wasn't "It's a Small World."

/I still have nightmares.
//from over 30 years ago.
 
2013-10-10 12:45:46 AM
So much negative stories on that ride, never gotten the chance to ride it, but I don't think I'd bother at this point.
 
2013-10-10 12:59:49 AM
To have been stuck on a ride with a beautiful maiden was all I ever wanted as a kid as I stood in line for the Rebel Yell or the Grizzly and enviously watched the teenagers who seemed so old and couldn't keep their hands off each other.

/Kings Farking Dominion
/DNRTFA
 
2013-10-10 01:09:24 AM
That sucks. I live about 5 minutes from there. That's all I have to offer to this discussion
 
2013-10-10 01:10:27 AM

biscuitsngravy: To have been stuck on a ride with a beautiful maiden was all I ever wanted as a kid as I stood in line for the Rebel Yell or the Grizzly and enviously watched the teenagers who seemed so old and couldn't keep their hands off each other.

/Kings Farking Dominion
/DNRTFA


I saw a guy do a walk of shame after being told he was too fat to ride after waiting in line for the Grizzly when I was a kid. He was heckled and I felt incredibly sad for him. I imagine it's pretty commonplace nowadays.
 
2013-10-10 01:31:55 AM

farkingismybusiness: biscuitsngravy: To have been stuck on a ride with a beautiful maiden was all I ever wanted as a kid as I stood in line for the Rebel Yell or the Grizzly and enviously watched the teenagers who seemed so old and couldn't keep their hands off each other.

/Kings Farking Dominion
/DNRTFA

I saw a guy do a walk of shame after being told he was too fat to ride after waiting in line for the Grizzly when I was a kid. He was heckled and I felt incredibly sad for him. I imagine it's pretty commonplace nowadays.


That is some cold-blooded stuff right there.
 
2013-10-10 01:35:05 AM

KellyX: So much negative stories on that ride, never gotten the chance to ride it, but I don't think I'd bother at this point.



When it finally managed to open I went on it a couple times and it just wasn't even enjoyable really. The way the cars and track is setup makes it feel like vertical force will send your car flying off the track anytime you level out after an incline. And it didn't quite get to being anywhere near a real thrill coaster other than the one drop in the beginning. I don't think I've ever been on it since those couple of times in..2009?..when it opened. The whole debut was such a mess with design flaws they didn't want to own up to and desperate fix attempts.

THAT SAID, it's my opinion of rip ride rockit. I love the entirety of universal/islands of adventure and prefer spending my time there to any of the florida Disney parks normally. I'm quite happy with the effort they've been pumping into the parks the last couple years with Harry potter resuscitating the resort and the projects done after.
 
2013-10-10 01:45:34 AM
I'm going there Saturday, I can't farking wait!
 
2013-10-10 02:00:57 AM
Thanks, Obama
 
2013-10-10 02:00:57 AM

Vlad_the_Inaner: I don't trust Universal Studios' safety procedures.

They re-purposed the Back To the Future ride into a Simpsons ride.   The motion control platforms are still Delorean car looking, with a roof over the rear seats.

My wife is a tall woman.  While riding in the rear seat, one of the new program's moves slammed her into the roof and knocked her unconscious.   We spent the rest of the evening (It was Halloween Horror Nights) in the ER.

They fixed it though. "Fixed"  Not by changing the program.  Instead there is a white line painted near the top of the entry doors, and you are warned that if you are taller than this line, do not sit in back. "There! I fixed it!"

We've been there, standing in a line waiting to buy a slushy, when a bolt fell out of the sky from one of the Jurassic Park area pterodactyl ride cars.  Alerted an employee, but it was 10 minutes before er heard the PA announcement of 'technical difficulties'.

Another time we were there, and the Duddly Doright themed ride had a fire.

I think if my family wasn't such Harry Potter junkies, I would totally avoid it.  I do totally refuse to go on that new rollercoaster.  It was broken far too many times during it's premier period.

/and I can't even depend on jadedness to save me, since they are building more Potter stuff


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5Oi57fqdU0
 
2013-10-10 06:17:10 AM

Vlad_the_Inaner: They re-purposed the Back To the Future ride into a Simpsons ride.


When they first opened the ride in 1991, the vibration from the back-to-back ride (in Orlando) was shaking the building apart.  (Also, people were being thrown from seats, but that is just a seat-belt issue.)  They had to turn the hydraulics down by about 20% to keep it open.  The ride in California was completely redesigned to avoid the issue.  (That is why California opened two years late, and the rides were in separate ends of the building.

As a result of changing the hydraulics, the action on screen matched up with the physical motion even less than you might expect.  It is like test equipment for seasickness.  It always amazes me how many people are able to walk away from rides that that unharmed.

Maybe I am not the target market, but that "Rip Ride" roller coaster just seems to me like a way to get information out of Taliban prisoners.  ("The Hulk" coaster, on the other hand, is pretty cool.)
 
2013-10-10 06:47:34 AM

farkingismybusiness: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 455x292]
Luckily it did not interfere with the most romantic proposal of all time.


They actually closed the Jaws ride. It's going to be more Harry Potter in its place.

I wonder if the music was playing the whole time they were stuck on the ride. They have a thing where you can chose a song to play as the ride's going on. Two hours of Motley Crue, I'd find a way to escape and leap to my death.
 
2013-10-10 07:10:18 AM
I've been on that ride twice, and it's just OK. Good for Orlando. But Busch Gardens is still where to go if you're in FL and you like coasters. also personally know some of the control system guys who worked on it and they get pretty dodgy when they discuss it. They were having weld cracks on the carriage and now each carriage is replaced with machined solid steel, no welds. Much heavier. So soon they may start seeing cracks in the track. I've had a chance to look at the FMEA on that thing and there are about six failure modes that could cause collision between two ride vehicles. So there are a lot more safety checks. That's why the car stopped today. The idea of multiple cars on a single gravity track was risky. But other coasters get stuck on the lift hill it is simple to evacuate with stairs. That is not possible with vertical lift. Even if there was no collision risk, vertical lift means you have to bring in heavy equipment to rescue people.
 
2013-10-10 08:42:54 AM

Low Budget Dave: Vlad_the_Inaner: They re-purposed the Back To the Future ride into a Simpsons ride.

When they first opened the ride in 1991, the vibration from the back-to-back ride (in Orlando) was shaking the building apart.  (Also, people were being thrown from seats, but that is just a seat-belt issue.)  They had to turn the hydraulics down by about 20% to keep it open.  The ride in California was completely redesigned to avoid the issue.  (That is why California opened two years late, and the rides were in separate ends of the building.

As a result of changing the hydraulics, the action on screen matched up with the physical motion even less than you might expect.  It is like test equipment for seasickness.  It always amazes me how many people are able to walk away from rides that that unharmed.

Maybe I am not the target market, but that "Rip Ride" roller coaster just seems to me like a way to get information out of Taliban prisoners.  ("The Hulk" coaster, on the other hand, is pretty cool.)


That ride marred me from riding any other motion type rides.

The Hulk on the other hand, it's a must ride whenever I get down there.
 
2013-10-10 09:02:34 AM
Everyone was rescued without injury, except one person went to the hospital complaining of lawsuit... err, neck pain. I think she said neck pain.

/incoming lawsuit
//about neck pain
 
2013-10-10 09:23:53 AM
I hate that coaster.  It's just painful to ride that thing.  for a relatively new steel coaster, it shouldn't be that rough.  I'll stick with B & M coasters.  that company knows how to build good coasters.

/planning on Halloween Horror Nights this year.  Last year was awesome.
 
2013-10-10 09:25:25 AM
Two days till we will be in Cedar Point, so meh.  I watched Top Fuel Dragster fail once during lift.  There is no getting stuck, you just roll back down as fast as you went up.  Nearly 120 mph.  It was a little interesting to watch as the first part of the cars had just crested when it reversed.  I'm sure they weren't expecting that to happen.  Still a lot better than cresting and staying at 420'.

/I haven't rode TFD yet, I was in line for the first time when the fail happened, shutting down the ride.

mjones73: Low Budget Dave:
Maybe I am not the target market, but that "Rip Ride" roller coaster just seems to me like a way to get information out of Taliban prisoners.  ("The Hulk" coaster, on the other hand, is pretty cool.)

That ride marred me from riding any other motion type rides.

The Hulk on the other hand, it's a must ride whenever I get down there.


If you two ever get to Cedar Point, I would actually suggest the large and fast Millennium Force.  It is surprisingly smooth with graceful turns, as oppose to the twist of Maverick(bounces your head around) or the sudden 3' drops at 60+mph of Magnum XL-200.  MF is really easy on the rider, leaving only the shear speed as the thrill, @ 93mph.  Bonus: non of that clickey-clickey lift system which builds suspense.
 
2013-10-10 09:42:11 AM

labman: I hate that coaster.  It's just painful to ride that thing.  for a relatively new steel coaster, it shouldn't be that rough.  I'll stick with B & M coasters.  that company knows how to build good coasters.

/planning on Halloween Horror Nights this year.  Last year was awesome.


I already went to HHN this year, don't waste time with that 3D house, total crap... I ran out of time to see American Werewolf, but heard it was great... Rest of the houses was good... Resident Evil was cliche, but there's lots of little things you'll notice if you look around as a gamer.
 
2013-10-10 09:42:48 AM
When I want to get stuck on an unreliable ride I just get on one of my Harleys

/never actually been stuck but a few parts have come loose due to shiatty design
//don't start me on the twin cam cam chain tensioners. Horrible design, nothing in the manual about checking them at regular service
 
2013-10-10 09:56:47 AM

labman: I hate that coaster.  It's just painful to ride that thing.  for a relatively new steel coaster, it shouldn't be that rough.  I'll stick with B & M coasters.  that company knows how to build good coasters.

/planning on Halloween Horror Nights this year.  Last year was awesome.


That coaster is scary and not in a good way. the rail is really thin and it feels like it's going to fly off at every turn.

Going to HHN next week. Missed it last year, almost never miss it. Was at the first one when it was called Fright Night and there were only 2 haunted houses and of course just the one park. It's gotten a lot better. The only thing I miss is that they used to create their own themes and original characters. Now it's just existing movies and TV shows.
 
2013-10-10 11:54:11 AM

labman: /planning on Halloween Horror Nights this year. Last year was awesome.


All the outdoor scare areas are based on Walking dead.  Too much sameness.  Plus zombies lurching in the dark and fog machine fog is pretty much like pay customer drunks lurching in the dark and fog machine fog.

I think they just phoned it in this year
 
2013-10-10 12:22:45 PM

gweilo8888: Trapped, rescued. Same difference when you're trolling for a green, amirite, Subby?


This is one of those threads that make me believe an admin approved his own submission.
 
2013-10-10 12:28:59 PM
Worse stuck upside down and needing to pee.
 
2013-10-10 12:31:01 PM

Vlad_the_Inaner: All the outdoor scare areas are based on Walking dead.  Too much sameness.  Plus zombies lurching in the dark and fog machine fog is pretty much like pay customer drunks lurching in the dark and fog machine fog.

I think they just phoned it in this year


Sorry to hear that. Going anyway. Staying at the Doubletree across the street (hey, we're not made of money).

The coolest moment was the first night, with Pinhead and his Cenobites walking behind us, perfect movie quality makeup FX. This was before camera phones, unfortunately.
 
2013-10-10 01:02:10 PM

Vlad_the_Inaner: labman: /planning on Halloween Horror Nights this year. Last year was awesome.

All the outdoor scare areas are based on Walking dead.  Too much sameness.  Plus zombies lurching in the dark and fog machine fog is pretty much like pay customer drunks lurching in the dark and fog machine fog.

I think they just phoned it in this year


Valid points, but even if one doesn't care for the scare zo-... err "street experiences" this year, the houses were all solid. The American Werewolf In London house was fantastic.
 
2013-10-10 01:30:40 PM

lack of warmth: Two days till we will be in Cedar Point, so meh.  I watched Top Fuel Dragster fail once during lift.  There is no getting stuck, you just roll back down as fast as you went up.  Nearly 120 mph.  It was a little interesting to watch as the first part of the cars had just crested when it reversed.  I'm sure they weren't expecting that to happen.  Still a lot better than cresting and staying at 420'.

/I haven't rode TFD yet, I was in line for the first time when the fail happened, shutting down the ride.

mjones73: Low Budget Dave:
Maybe I am not the target market, but that "Rip Ride" roller coaster just seems to me like a way to get information out of Taliban prisoners.  ("The Hulk" coaster, on the other hand, is pretty cool.)

That ride marred me from riding any other motion type rides.

The Hulk on the other hand, it's a must ride whenever I get down there.

If you two ever get to Cedar Point, I would actually suggest the large and fast Millennium Force.  It is surprisingly smooth with graceful turns, as oppose to the twist of Maverick(bounces your head around) or the sudden 3' drops at 60+mph of Magnum XL-200.  MF is really easy on the rider, leaving only the shear speed as the thrill, @ 93mph.  Bonus: non of that clickey-clickey lift system which builds suspense.


I went to that park when they were having some sort of end of the season deal with only 5 or so of their coasters open for a discounted price. Thanks to non-existent lines I managed to ride the Millennium Force 50 times in a row. I loved the second hill where you seemingly caught a good 4 or so seconds of airtime thanks to its gentle parabolic arc. I wish more coasters were about speed and airtime instead of seeing how many loops and Gs you can pull.

On a slightly related note, I just went to Islands of Adventure earlier this month and I noticed that roller coasters I once had no problem riding multiple times in a row (namely Dueling Dragons and the Hulk) now make me motion sick after just one ride. That's something no one warns you about when you turn 30. Getting older sucks.

/CSB
 
2013-10-10 03:27:37 PM
Paging doctor Malcom

Doctor Malcom, please report to a white courtesy phone...


At least no tourists were eaten.
 
Displayed 39 of 39 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report