- Revenge of the Mummy (Hollywood)
Infobox Universal ride
name=Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride
caption=Entrance of the roller coaster
park=Universal Studios Hollywood
June 25, 2004
lift=LIM Launch Track
Revenge of the Mummy is an indoor steel/dark ride
roller coasterfeatured at the Universal Studios Hollywoodtheme park. The coaster is based upon the popular Mummy movie franchise directed by Stephen Sommersand Rob Cohen. The ride opened on June 25, 2004 (Hollywood) and was built by Premier Rides. The coaster has a height restriction of 48 inches [cite web|url=http://www.rcdb.com/id2464.htm|title=Roller Coaster Data Base: The Revenge of the Mummy (Hollywood).|accessdate=2007-06-13] The Revenge of the Mummy coaster uses Linear Induction Motors(LIM), a technology used to launch riders from a near-standstill to 45 mph within 2 seconds.
The coaster in Hollywood lasts 2 minutes and is housed in the building of the former attraction, the
While Revenge of The Mummy shares a name with the coaster in Florida, the two coasters have unique plots and track layouts.
The ride features warrior mummies, treasures and tombs, a sudden launch, a scarab beetle attack, forwards and backwards motion and surround sound speakers inside the vehicles. Hollywood's coaster was built in the former E.T. Adventure building. Some support beams for the coaster were built by digging downward to accommodate space.
The "more shocking than ever" [ [http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/attr_rotm.html Universal Studios Hollywood - Revenge of the Mummy - the Ride ] ] version of Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, isn't much different from its original version, other than a new ending and a few extra Mummy Warrior mannequins. After loading mine cart-type ride vehicles, riders enter a dark tomb fluorescented with dark green and red lights. From above, Warden Gad Hassan, the archaeologist from The Mummy film, warns guests "Run for your lives! The curse is real! Imhotep lives!" He screams as Scarab beetles engulf him. The mine car continues through to a dark chamber, as drops of water fall on guests, and arms appear from the ceiling, trying to grab riders.
The mine car slowly continues into the treasure room, filled with large amounts of gold, yellow light, hieroglyphs covering the walls, and two gigantic statues of
Anubisstationed next to a projector screen, where Imhotep appears from sand and tells guests, "Serve me and savor the riches of eternal life." The mine car makes a sharp turn as the yellow room quickly turns a dark shade of green, Imhotep continues his monologue... "And join us in eternal death." He continues to speak a curse in Egyptian language, before exclaiming "Now your souls belong to ME... FOREVER!" At the same time, 2 mummy warriors drop down from each side of the track. The mine car then launches into the 'underworld', a pitch black ride track, with the assistance of linear induction motorspushing the vehicle from 10 mph to 45 mph in 1 and a half seconds.
surround soundspeakers in the mine cart provide riders with an added dimension of entertainment, as the sound score begins. The ride continues for 30 seconds in darkness, going around highbanked turns and small drops. Various images of mummy warriors and Imhotep are illuminated with UVlighting as the car twists and turns. The mine car makes a sharp up hill movement and veers left, where the track viciously dead-ends in a corner. Scarab beetles appear on the walls with help of projectors, as the added special effects of air jets at riders' feet and a spray of water from above create the illusion of the vehicle being attacked. The car moves backwards into the underworld as Imhotep's evil laugh roars on the soundtrack. The vehicle makes a few more twists and turns as it continues backwards and Imhotep reminds riders "There's no place to hide! Your souls are MINE!"
The car slows suddenly under the last illuminated painting of Imhotep's outstretched grasp and moves slowly into another tomb. A turntable moves the car into a forward facing position as fog machines and
strobelighting fill the blackened room. As the car faces forward once again, Imhotep appears as a projected image and screams hauntingly at riders before vanishing. There is a second of uncertain silence before a floodlighthits riders, and as a wall lifts up into the ceiling to allow the car to pass through, a second strobe light blinds guests. Imhotep's curse is broken as the ride enters the loading platform. Previously this part of the ride concluded with a solar eclipseoccurring. Imhotep exclaimed, "The eclipse! NOOO!"
For a short time, an unauthorized golden E.T. statue was placed by a crew member in the treasure room of the Revenge of the Mummy attraction as a tribute to the former tenant of the building. This didn't last long.
Arnold Vosloo, the actor of Imhotep in the movies, voices his trademark role for this ride. However, unlike his "English" dialogue in The Mummy Returns, Vosloo actually uses his natural South African-accented voice as opposed to his Egyptian-accented one in the said movie.
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