ThemeparX has posted a very nice close-up photo of the huge mountain structure under construction in the center of Universal Studios Beijing that has given away a major new clue to those who can see it. The mountain itself is part of the Jurassic World themed land and so far Universal has been very reluctant to give away any secrets about just what kind of attractions we will find in this new land. In some of the early concept art it appeared that there was coaster track running through this fake mountain and for the first time we now have a very clear look at this coaster track.
While at first it may look like some kind of unique unknown inverted coaster track, if you look a little closer you may realize that this isn’t a regular coaster at all, but a Mack Inverted Power Coaster ride system. You can compare this track to what Mack used on the Arthur ride system at Europa Park (see photo below), complete with the power-bar running down the track. As with Arthur, and the follow-up ride, Dragongliders at Motiongate Dubai, this is much more than an powered inverted coaster, the powered cars have an on-board audio system and are able to spin around to face the riders in whatever direction they should be looking during the indoor dark-ride portions of the adventure.
Long before Universal Creative settled on a Motorcycle themed coaster system for the Hagrid’s Magical Creatures ride at Islands of Adventure, it was said that they had designed a completely different version of the adventure concept that would have used this same Mack Rides powered coaster system instead. At the time I was told that Universal had a bigger and better idea for the Arthur style ride system that would be built elsewhere, and now we finally know where.
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