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Get wait times for Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios right now (including Rip Ride Rockit)

The Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster (pictured at right) hasn't been open too long, but it's already developing a reputation for having multi-hour wait times and frequent closures. Want to know how long the wait is right now, or if it's even open? Click here for a handy resources from American Express that provides real-time waits for all of the Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure rides and show.

How can you use this handy tool? If you're a local, it's pretty obvious. Want to make a quick visit and wonder if it's worth it? Just bring up the wait times and you'll know. Want to ride Rip Ride Rockit, but not sure that it's open? The answer is at your keyboard (if the Rockit, or any other ride, doesn't show up on the list, that means it's closed).

It's also a handy tool for tourists. Maybe you're over at Islands of Adventure and wondering if the lines are shorter at Universal (or visa versa). If you have an internet phone, you'll know instantly. Or maybe you're staying at a nearby hotel and aren't sure whether you should drag the kids out of the pool and head over to the parks. Check out the wait times to help you make your choice.

Speaking of Rip Ride Rockit, click here for the secret of how to reduce your wait for this coaster. If you're waiting until Halloween Horror Nights to visit Universal, click here to learn how to "meet" some of the creative staff and ask live questions. Click here to read about the benefits of Universal's Premier Pass, including free Halloween Horror Nights tickets. To read more of my articles, click here.