It’s not that thrill-seekers don’t expect they’ll be elevated to great heights on roller coasters like the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Orlando, but even the person with nary a shred of fear might get restless when stuck vertically at 150 feet in the air for three hours. Twelve passengers on that ride were rescued last night after an apparent technical glitch froze the ride in place near its summit.
Passenges spent a little under three hours on the ride after it got stuck at 7 p.m., reports the Orlando Sentinel. Officials say the theme-park guests weren’t in any danger, but we can’t imagine waiting for rescue crews to move the car to a horizontal position at the top of the ride was an entirely enjoyable experience.
The riders were able to walk off the ride finally at about 9:45, and they’ll be the last visitors the coaster sees for a while.
“We’re not going to reopen the ride until we know what happened and we’re sure it won’t happen again,” a Universal Orlando spokesman said.
One person was taken to the hospital with neck pain, ostensibly from having to hold it parallel to the ground for hours on end.
This isn’t the first time the 17-story ride has had issues — it was closed for two days in August when a woman was injured after the car she was riding in stopped suddenly.
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Previously in overly long rides:Woman Stuck On State Fair Ride Picked A Bad Day To Conquer Her Fear Of Heights; Six Flags Superman Roller Coaster Apparently Cursed By Kryptonite, Gets Stuck Yet Again; Nothing Quite Like Being Stuck 150 Feet In The Air For 2 Hours To Put You Off Roller Coasters
Technical glitch traps 12 on Universal’s Rip Ride Rockit for hours [Orlando Sentinel]