Universal’s Rockit Brings the Cutting Edge to the Tourist Trap

From an unlikely source comes a tech geek perspective on one of Orlando’s upcoming theme park extravaganzas…

Rockit coaster tapes your ride, produces best YouTube vid ever – Engadget

Reportedly, designers are crafting the so-called Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit to cater to those obsessed with technology (that’s us) by enabling patrons to personalize their ride by choosing their own tunes and creating a music video that can be uploaded for all your envious friends to see as soon as you can whip out that 3G card and mash “upload.”

Is it just me, or does it seem like Universal’s winning the theme park wars? Harry Potter, The Simpsons, Rockit–a couple years from now, a day at Universal is gonna sound a whole lot more fun than a day at Disney.

3 Comments so far

  1. Terry Howard (orl_terry) on March 20th, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

    It’s already more fun! Somebody over at Universal has got their thinking cap on. Roller Coaster Mashups! Hmmm, they probably ought to not use that phrase in their advertising!


  2. kelly on March 20th, 2008 @ 11:41 pm

    "Harry Potter, The Simpsons, Rockit–a couple years from now, a day at Universal is gonna sound a whole lot more fun than a day at Disney."

    This is because, right now, it’s a ghost town. We went in December and also went to Disney. Disney broke record attendance. We could barely find enough to do in a day over two parks at Universal. However, we spent six days at the WDW Resort.

    Furthermore, I’m a regular "responder" to Universal’s surveys. They know that they gotta fix their parks. They can’t seem to decide on their new tagline, either.

    So, the correct sentence would be, "In a couple of years, a day at Universal may finally be as fun as a day at Disney."

    And let’s hope they stop charging for the Express Pass. That’s just ridiculous.


  3. woofboy111 on March 21st, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

    Nobody is going to call that ride by it’s full name in my opinion, which will make the ride easily confused with another roller coaster up the street.

    At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can ride the Rockin Roller Coaster. At Universal Studios you will be able to ride the Hollywood Rockit Roller Coaster. Both are roller coasters in a movie studio theme park with onboard audios. Good job making it even more confusing for all of the confused tourists that don’t realize that the whole Universal complex isn’t part of Disney…

    And I agree about Universal finally catching up with Disney. It seems to me that a lot of the parks in Disney, especially Magic Kingdom and MGM are in dire need of a brand new E-Ticket rather than a refurb of existing rides like they have been doing. When will we see the next mountain???



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