INCREDIBLE HULK: INCREDIBLE News from Universal Orlando!
“A new story.
A new ride vehicle.
A new queue experience.
A new entrance.
The only things you’ll recognize when The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure re-opens in late summer are the world-famous twists and turns of the ride track.”
– Neil Engel of the Universal Orlando Resort Blog
Hi Coaster Chit Chat fans! James H here, and with some “Incredible” news!
For those of you who have visited the Universal Orlando Resort over the past few months, hoping to hop aboard the incredible big, green, roaring machine located on the fringe of Marvel Superhero Island in their Islands of Adventure park, you have probably been flustered with emotions of confusion, chaos, and most importantly – anger! I bet you turned into the Hulk yourself trying to figure out just what Universal was doing and why there was nothing but empty footers, an empty building, and an awkward, empty silence where the Incredible Hulk roller coaster once filled every void imaginable, didn’t you?
Well you weren’t alone! I mean, that’s at least what I had become anyways!
But there is no longer a need to fear! Answers are finally here!
As the new Hulk’s roller coaster track was completed earlier last month, Universal kept a tight grasp on what was to come once the Hulk finally opens this summer. At least, that was until earlier today (May 9th, 2016) when Universal released new information, full details, and concept art on what the new Hulk was to have in store for us big green Hulk lovers!
This is incredible news indeed!
Redesigned Enterance & Line Queue
It appears in the concept art, we will be treated with an extremely impressive all new entrance to the attraction. You see that giant statue of the Hulk in the concept art above? – yes. that piece of track he is holding up is in fact an actual track piece from the original ride. Now that is Unique!
Once you venture inside the newly redesigned line queue, you will be immersed into a brand new, original story line. Apparently this will be taking some of the original props and structure of the original, and heavily aged – totally 1990’s – line queue, and will be updating it with all new modern effects.
From the concept art, we can see that the totally 1990’s original green and purple theme will be dropped in favor of a more modern, aggressive, and contrasting green and silver theme.
New Original Background Story
As the official Universal Orlando Resort Blog puts it –
General Thaddeus Ross is calling for volunteers for a new experiment. Your only warning is that you’ll be subjected to high levels of gamma radiation through a process called Hulk-a-fication – a potentially life-altering process first introduced by Dr. Bruce Banner.
The end result is said to give subjects magnificent strength and a forceful amount of energy. Will you emerge as the military’s next super soldier…or something else entirely?
… Your part of the story begins the moment you enter the building – which has been redesigned as a state-of-the-art military research compound, commanded by General Ross.
Inside, General Ross is conducting an array of questionable, bio-radiological experiments. You’ll pass by laboratories containing high-tech equipment his team uses to execute his mysterious tests.
Next, you’ll arrive at the Gamma core – an intense energy source that sends pulsing waves of radiation upward to fuel General Ross’s experiment. Not to worry – a thick pane of glass will protect you from direct exposure to the radioactive core.
As you move along, you’ll witness the transformation of your predecessors as they undergo the perilous Hulk-a-fication process.
Pretty exciting right? Well that’s not even the best part! That’s just the line!
All New Ride Trains
The new trains are the definite star of the new redesigned attraction!
With a sleek and modern look, they make the old trains look like toys. But the looks aren’t the only impressive aspect of the trains. The official Universal Orlando Resort’s blog adds “Once on board, you’ll discover a brand new, in-seat audio system that booms an original ride score created by Patrick Stump, front man for the internationally-renowned rock band Fall Out Boy.”
Opening Late This Summer!
This new Hulk is definitely nothing to mess around with. There are no other words to describe it other than truly incredible!
Check out the Universal Orlando Resort’s blog on the Hulk relaunch here
& you must watch the Relaunch Details video they posted on YouTube here if you haven’t seen it yet!
How excited are you to ride it late this summer when it opens? Stay tuned for more updates about the new Incredible Hulk!
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Concept Art Courtesy of:
Universal Creative Designs