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!
A good look at the weighted test dummies on the train.
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
Net looks to be piecemeal together, so hopefully just temporary
Launch tunnel completely done being painted
No more purple on the attraction
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
View through one of the holes of the underwater tunnel
View through a hole on the other side
View of the updated ride entrance construction through the wall
Looks like the queue structure is being extended outward
Queue building has been repainted after being primed
Decoration being added to queue building and covered staircase receiving work on left
Awnings being painted
White squares being added to walls
There will probably be some kind of lighting effects associated with the white squares
More squares being added along the side of building
Height marker lights added to top of supports of cobra roll
Wider view of light on top
Some kind of detector connected to track and running a wire down conduit
Closer view of the detector thingy, connected to tracks
Many conduit wires still not connected to anything
Alicia has been visiting theme parks since the age of 3, has a knack for memorizing park maps, loves theme park renovations and cannot wait to ride something new. She can often be found wandering the parks and riding coasters!
At this point when do you think Hulk will be open for the public?
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.