UPDATE: Metal detectors being tested at Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

At approximately 2:20 PM, @thetimtracker and @TheJennTracker are reporting on Twitter that the metal detectors have been removed and the test is over. No word on whether or not the detectors will be back in the future.

No loose articles allowed. What started as a (pardon the pun) loose policy has now become serious with the addition to metal detectors outside the front entrance to Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. Universal has been fighting a battle against riders trying to bring loose articles onto bigger roller coasters and it seems like this is the final measure to truly ensure guest safety. However, this is currently just a TEST.

The loose article issue started to really develop back in Summer 2011 when two accidents involving loose objects on Dragon Challenge prompted the ride to cease dueling. Earlier this year, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and The Incredible Hulk Coaster moved to a strict no loose articles policy allowed, which allowed team members to ask guests to check their own open pockets and if anything was found then it had to go into a free locker. Dragon Challenge later adopted the practice. There are some debates as to whether or not articles in closed pockets were acceptable (buttoned or zippered), but Universal team members have the final say to determine what needs to go into a locker.

So far, metal detectors are only being tested at Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. No reports are in yet on how sensitive the detectors are, but they are most likely just strong enough to detect loose change and phones. Metal detectors have not popped up at The Incredible Hulk Coaster and Dragon Challenge for this test. It seems unlikely that Dragon Challenge will ever be apart of this procedure because of their strict theming rules with JK Rowling and Warner Bros.

Remember, the easiest way to solve this issue and help Universal remove the metal detectors is by using the FREE lockers available out front of all of the attractions with a loose article policy. The lockers are free for the duration of your wait and ride plus a little bit of extra buffer time in case of any delays. If you were to go over your allotted time then you have to pay a varying fee, but even this can be avoided by talking to the lockers team member about why you couldn’t get to your locker on time. Be sure to check back later for updates and pictures.

Source:  Magic City Mayhem via Twitter | Orlando Sentinel

  • drew lasater

    seriously who is bringing stuff on that ride?

  • Brenda Baranowski

    It seems this is more for guests who are sneaking on things to intentionally throw while on the ride then having things accidentally fall out. At least that was the issue with Dueling Dragons, where someone intentionally was trying to hit the other passengers on the dueling coaster. Another way the few ruin it for the many :(

  • Doug Poirot

    Drew Lasater you would be amazed. I had one kid put a sundae in his pocket so he could ride. Guests do not like being separated from their belongings. So they try any way possible to keep them on the rides. Then they get upset when they lose them and can’t get them back until the end of the day.

  • Andy

    Hopefully if they install metal detectors on the Dueling Dragons, they might be willing to give the ride its namesake back. It really does affect the novelty of the ride, and completely defeats the point of the theme.

  • Andy

    That said, I hate that it has to come to this

  • Andy

    UPDATE: They’re in operation on Dragon Challenge full time, and other attractions possibly