It was recently announced that Revenge of the Mummy will be closing down. Universal Studios Florida expects the closure to last from January 7, 2022 until late summer of that same year. Which begs the question: why?
There are a few rumors going around that the entire track will be removed and replaced. After all, The Incredible Hulk got that exact same treatment. Plus Dueling Dragons was doomed for the scrapheap even if Hagrid’s coaster didn’t replace it. Which logic would dictate that the Revenge of the Mummy would also be replaced since the lifespan of the coaster is reaching about the same as that of Dragons and Hulk, yes?
A roller coaster doesn’t have an expiration date like a carton of eggs. Just because other coasters had reached the end of their lifespans, doesn’t mean Revenge of the Mummy must be rebuilt at the same time. For starters, Universal has several coaster manufacturers all over property from B&M to Intiman and in the cast of Mummy: Premier.
More importantly, Revenge of the Mummy is indoors safe from the relentless Florida heat and humidity. Not to mention, it’s bolted to a concrete floor. Whereas the outdoor coasters are all sunk into the ground and must deal with Florida’s soggy water table and slow shifts over the years. However, no coaster needs to operate for this long without some maintenance.
So what’s going on? Most of the work being done won’t even be noticeable to the average guest once it reopens in Summer 2022. Well, very small pieces of the track will be replaced. For example, who knew that if you blasted hot steam at welded steal every 45 seconds for 20 years that the track would start to rust and corrode? So yes, that particular piece of track will be replaced, but that’s about it.
However, there will be other spots that will receive some welding and restrengthening as they take a beating just from regular wear and tear.
In addition, do you still have the same computer you used from 20 years ago? If so, would you trust it to be as efficient as what you could get today? Yes, there will also be some behind-the-scenes computer, sensors and braking upgrades as well.
Will there be any upgrades guests will be able to see? Yes, there will be some. You’ll see some lighting updates as well as some projection changes that will make certain scenes pop a bit more. I wouldn’t expect to see a major structural change in the overall show scenes or sets to the ride, however. What I would love to see is a new pre-show. At this point, the movie set footage is not only outdated, but the footage is clearly grainy compared to what can be captured using modern filming techniques. I’m not holding my breath.
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