A Universal roller coaster got stuck for hours with passengers on the ride. On Oct. 9, the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster had a glitch that caused the coaster car to lock in place leaving riders in a vertical position. The resort posted an update on their Facebook page last night after all of the riders were rescued safely.
"We're happy that our guests are safely off Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. We will work to understand what happened and will reopen the ride as soon as we can. Special thanks to the Orlando Fire Department for their hard work tonight," read Universal's Facebook page.
The Universal roller coaster that was stuck had some sort of glitch that caused it to stop while riders were excitedly riding up the vertical track to a drop that would have their stomachs in their mouths. The ride has been closed intermittently over the past few weeks -- it's unknown if the issues that caused the ride to close previously were the same ones that caused it to get tripped up yesterday.
As for the riders who were stuck (and maybe fearing for their lives), one Universal employee says that they were all handsomely taken care of.
"I work at Rockit. I assure you all the guests were compensated. Superfluously. We love our guests! I love people. Universal has taught me that. The first thing they are given is whatever they so desire. Except for ponies. We don't always have them in stock. However everyone was safe, as being stuck vertically is no different than being stuck in your bed (where you're more likely to get injured, as your bed doesn't have a safety harness). Thank you to the Fire Department! You guys are awesome," wrote Universal employee Joshua Goodson.
Since the Universal roller coaster got stuck it has closed and will remain that way until it is deemed safe to ride. This could take days or weeks.
© Effie Orfanides 2013