Incredible Hulk Coaster: Ride Testing and Construction Update

Alicia Stella 2 Comments

I braved the crowds on a very busy Memorial Day weekend to get some pictures and video of vehicle testing as well as construction progress for the Incredible Hulk Coaster at Islands of Adventure. The brand new coaster trains look incredible in person and I cannot wait to hear the on-board music while riding. (Learn more about the new trains here.) The “roar” of the trains has been dampened a little to make for a quieter Hulk Coaster. I’ve been told this was to make the area a little more bearable for people trying to hear each other talking, but also help you to be able to hear the new on-board music for the ride. But trust me, it still roars out of the launch tunnel! It looks like there’s still a lot of work to be done to the queue building before the Hulk Coaster can re-open later this summer. The queue building is being extended as well. Check out the video and all the images below for more details!


Ride Testing Images

So great to see the Hulk launching again!

So great to see the Hulk launching again!

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A good look at the weighted test dummies on the train.

A good look at the weighted test dummies on the train.

Construction Update

A big blue net has been added below the track over the pathway

A big blue net has been added below the track over the pathway

I'm thinking the blue net is temporary, strong enough to hold a weighted test dummy in case one falls out

I’m thinking the blue net is temporary, strong enough to hold a weighted test dummy in case one falls out

Net looks to be piecemeal together, so hopefully just temporary

Net looks to be piecemeal together, so hopefully just temporary

Launch tunnel completely done being painted

Launch tunnel completely done being painted

No more purple on the attraction

No more purple on the attraction

Weather instruments added for testing

Weather instruments added for testing

Peek holes have been added to work walls on the bridge for guests to take a look on the progress

Peek holes have been added to work walls on the bridge for guests to take a look on the progress

View through one of the holes of the underwater tunnel

View through one of the holes of the underwater tunnel

View through a hole on the other side

View through a hole on the other side

View of the updated ride entrance construction through the wall

View of the updated ride entrance construction through the wall

Looks like the queue structure is being extended outward

Looks like the queue structure is being extended outward

Queue building has been repainted after being primed

Queue building has been repainted after being primed

Decoration being added to queue building and covered staircase receiving work on left

Decoration being added to queue building and covered staircase receiving work on left

Awnings being painted

Awnings being painted

White squares being added to walls

White squares being added to walls

There will probably be some kind of lighting effects associated with the white squares

There will probably be some kind of lighting effects associated with the white squares

More squares being added along the side of building

More squares being added along the side of building

Height marker lights added to top of supports of cobra roll

Height marker lights added to top of supports of cobra roll

Wider view of light on top

Wider view of light on top

Some kind of detector connected to track and running a wire down conduit

Some kind of detector connected to track and running a wire down conduit

Closer view of the detector thingy, connected to tracks

Closer view of the detector thingy, connected to tracks

Many conduit wires still not connected to anything

Many conduit wires still not connected to anything

Closer view of wires, bagged, and unused still

Closer view of wires, bagged, and unused still

The day cannot come soon enough!

The day cannot come soon enough!

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2 Comments
  • paul

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    At this point when do you think Hulk will be open for the public?

    • Alicia Stella

      In Universal’s last press release for the ride they said it would be opening “Late Summer”. You could interpret that in many ways, but many believe it mean August, maybe even as late as the end of August/beginning of September. There’s still a lot of work to be done to the queue building and surrounding area, so I can’t imagine it opening until July at the earliest.

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