Sunday, September 16, 2012
The Incredible Hulk
-Islands of Adventure (Orlando, FL, USA)
Bolliger & Mabillard
I'm going to go right off the bat and say that this is my favorite roller coaster in the state of Florida. And believe me, I've done them all. Now, as expected, the lines are massive. I've done this ride twice and both times the lines totaled hours of waiting time. Fortunately if you're riding alone, the single rider lane will practically take you straight to the ride. The Incredible Hulk doesn't screw around. You board the station high above the ground and enter a dark tunnel. Some audio of Bruce Banner plays over the intercom, announcing that something has gone wrong before launching the ride at top speed over a sideways drop. As you glide over the water, you'll enter a massive cobra roll, in fact, the largest in the world. The launchpad and cobra roll really are the highlight of the ride, but it doesn't stop there. After being cooled off in a mist tunnel, riders experience inversions nonstop, 7 to be exact. When the ride brakes at the end, you'll finally be able to catch your breath as the train pulls into the station. If you're a fan of roller coasters, I implore you to try this one out. Islands of Adventure features only a couple of coasters, but The Incredible Hulk and Dragon Challenge will more than make up for the price of admission. Despite Florida's heavy competition of coasters, the Hulk takes the cake.