Currently closed. Re-opening Thursday, June 2, 2016

Description And Comments

Screams from the Incredible Hulk Coaster are heard almost from the minute you enter IOA. Those shrieks dominate the auditory experience of anyone in the front half of the park, much the same way Hulk’s giant green, curved steel track dominates the landscape, and the ride's distinctive roar (the track was intentionally designed without the normal dampening) is nearly deafening if you stand under the initial inversion as a car rushes past.

The coaster’s backstory is that Dr. Bruce Banner is trying to reverse the effects of gamma ray radiation he’d previously suffered, which is responsible for periodically turning him into the colossal green monster with incredible strength known as the Hulk. Something goes wrong during the process, and you’re swept along through the mayhem. The story falls apart almost as soon as the ride starts, but you’ll be too scared to notice.

What you need to know about this attraction is simple. You’ll be shot like a carrier-launched jet from 0 to 40 mph in 2 seconds, flung upside down into a zero-G barrel roll 100 feet off the ground (which will, of course, induce weightlessness), then thrown immediately into to a pair of cobra rolls and a vertical loop of more than 100 feet, into a below-ground tunnel no less!. Two more rolls and another loop follow, for a total of seven upside-down experiences in a ride of a little more than two minutes. At the end of the ride, you may be just as green as the Hulk.

Seriously, the Hulk is a great roller coaster, one of the best in Florida, providing a ride comparable to that of Kumba or Montu (Busch Gardens) with the added thrill of an accelerated launch, instead of the more typical uphill crank. Besides thrills, the thing we appreciate most about Hulk is its remarkably smooth ride. Hulk’s steel track is downright pleasant, with none of the side-to-side head shaking or uncomfortable jerkiness of many steel coasters (and most wooden ones). Yes, the experience is terrifying, but you’ll be focused on the gut-wrenching drops and turns, not on having your head bumped around.

Touring Tips

Our advice is to skip the Wizarding World attractions and in the early morning and ride The Incredible Hulk Coaster first thing. Alternatively, if you insist on going to Hogsmeade at rope drop (or you are eligible for Early Park Admission), you should ride Hulk immediately after you've enjoyed Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff, and Dragon Challenge.

Universal provides electronic lockers near the entrance of the Hulk to deposit any items that might depart your person during the ride. Use the lockers for anything – and we mean anything – that could be dislodged during your ride: hats, glasses, cellphones, camera bags, and toupees. The lockers are free for the duration of your wait, and use of these lockers has occasionally be enforced quite aggressively; be prepared to pat down your pockets for loose change.

When you reach the boarding area, note that the Hulk has a separate line for those who want to ride in the first row. Riders in the front row of Hulk get a spectacular, brief view of the park. If you get to Hulk early enough and the line is short enough, opt for the special “front row” line near the boarding area. It's worth waiting an extra 5 or 10 minutes for. The best seat is actually the back left, which gets the best zero-G effect from the opening inversion.

There’s also a singles line, but it isn't always open. Even when it is, you may not notice it at first, as this reader attests:

The single-rider line is kind of hard to find--ask where it is. I stood in the standby line for 20 minutes before I realized my mistake.

The Incredible Hulk Coaster Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for The Incredible Hulk Coaster when you visit on a day with a given Universal's Islands of Adventure Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see The Incredible Hulk Coaster Wait Times.

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Special Comments

Must be 54" tall to ride.

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