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Note that this review is based on the Florida ride; the Hollywood ride is similar, but not identical.
- Thrill Scale (0=Wimpy!, 10=Yikes!): 6.5
Fast launch, darkness and other "psychological" thrills, plenty of coaster airtime
- Coaster type: Indoor launched
- Top speed: 45 mph
- Height restriction: 48 inches
The coaster part of Revenge of the Mummy does not have any inversions, does not soar to nosebleed heights, and reaches a relatively tame top speed of 45 mph. Universal considers it a "family" attraction (although that may be stretching the definition), and it's decidedly less intense than Islands of Adventure's Hulk and Dueling Dragons coasters. But it does include high-speed launches, delivers some startling drops and out-of-your-seat airtime, and feels way more out of control because it is in the dark. If you can handle the Rock 'N Roller Coaster at Disney-MGM Studios, you'll be able to handle the Mummy. But be prepared for a more aggressive ride. On the "psychological" side of the thrill equation, I think just about everybody, save highly impressionable young children, will find the mummy motif more engrossing than gross-out.
If you're on the line, I'd advise you to suck it up, hold on tightly to the rider next to you (hopefully, someone you know), and give it a whirl. Revenge of the Mummy is among the very best theme park attractions, and you owe it to yourself to try it at least once. Even if you find the ride a bit too unsettling, you'll be able to take comfort in its short duration; the whole experience lasts about three minutes, with the coaster portion taking less than half that time.
Mummy MemoriesDisney incorporates its rich and distinctive catalogue into its theme parks. Universal, however, is known more for its general connection to the movies than for any specific films or characters--with one exception. The classic monsters, Dracula, the Werewolf, Frankenstein's Monster, and, yes, the Mummy, are closely identified with the studio's golden age. "It's our Universal brand," says Mike Hightower, VP of project management, and one of the attraction's chief developers. "It's a natural for us."
Director Stephen Sommers breathed new life into Universal's undead franchise with his highly popular "Mummy" films. (He's also the director of Universal's monster makeover, "Van Helsing.") With its high-octane attitude, the retooled "Mummy" movies do fit naturally with Universal's predilection for rowdy, full-tilt attractions. (In the original concept for the park's Barney attraction, I wouldnt be surprised if the creative team proposed firebombing and blowing the Purple Dinosaur into a million pieces. Come to think of it, that may not be a bad idea.)
Hightower enlisted Sommers, who reportedly played more than a token role in helping to conjure the Revenge of the Mummy ride. He also nabbed two of the movie's stars, Brendan Fraser and Imhotep baddie Arnold Vosloo, to participate in the production.
High Concept, High PraiseThe attraction's high concept, melding a special-effects laden dark ride with a kick-ass coaster, is a remarkable theme park achievement. While there are other examples of indoor coasters that attempt to incorporate a story, nothing comes close to Revenge of the Mummy.
Hightower says that Universal had been exploring ways to marry the two types of attractions for years.
Universal has been touting the Mummy as the next evolution of theme park ride. As a dark ride, it is extraordinary. But The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at the adjacent Islands of Adventure still gets my nod as the single greatest themed attraction. As a coaster, the Mummy is wild. But it doesn't come close to touching the best thrill machine, Superman: Ride of Steel at Six Flags New England. Together, however, the dark ride and coaster elements bust categories and yield a fun, exciting, whole new way to immerse guests in the Mummy's alterna-universe.
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