rip ride rockit secretAs one of our favorite rides in Orlando, and currently one only a handful of attractions that make a visit to Universal worthwhile, is reported as being closed yet again.

Admittedly we’d rather the park operators close rides than let them run whenever there’s an issue, and Universal have a good safety reputation that they can be proud of.

Earlier in the month a very very minor ‘injury’ occurred following the introduction of a new car on the Rip Ride Rockit, that caused a car to slightly bump into the car in the loading area.  The ride was closed for a few days, adding to the regular stoppages that seems to plague one of the best rides in town.

Anecdotally, from our own experiences, and those of other guests, the Rip Ride Rockit has had its fair share of downtime since it first opened on August 19th 2009.

IMG_1632Although we are only guessing, we would imagine that this attraction will be one of the first to close for a major refurbishment, once the new Gringott’s Bank Ride opens in the summer of 2014.

The Rip Ride Rockit was built by Maurer Sohne and includes a sheer vertical lift that takes the ride cars to a peak of 167ft before heading along the 3,800ft circuit at 65mph.

Some notable features of  Universal’s Rip Ride Rockit also include personalized audio selections (including hidden song options) and ‘sand filled’ steel rails to make a quiet and smooth experience for riders.