Remember a few weeks back when Universal Orlando stirred up social media park-stalkers (present company included) by installing electronic security screening devices — a.k.a. metal detectors — outside Universal Studios Florida‘s Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster? Well, hold onto your hat (but NOT your phone, keys, or coins) because UOR sprained the interwebs again with yesterday’s introduction of more metal detector screenings at Islands of Adventure‘s Incredible Hulk Coaster and Dragon Challenge.
As of April 9, 2015, all Universal Orlando guests wishing to ride the resort’s major outdoor roller coasters must deposit all loose and metal objects in a locker before entering the queue. Mandatory airport-style security screenings, including walk-through metal detectors and handheld scanning wands, will be used to ensure that no prohibited items — specifically phones, keys, coins, cameras, and selfie sticks — are carried onto the attractions.
As always, the mandatory lockers are free for a period of time that’s tied to the attraction’s posted wait time, plus an appropriate buffer. If you overstay your free period, you will need to pay to retrieve your items, of find a team member to assist you. Soft wallets with no metal and ticket lanyards may be taken into the queue.
On the first day of operations at these attraction, I observed some congestion and confusion, which is to be expected. As Universal Orlando representatives have stated, these metal detectors are part of an ongoing test; hopefully procedures will smooth out over time.
Incredible Hulk Metal Detectors
At the Incredible Hulk, the line appeared to be moving fairly well, though it is awkward to see guests being “wanded” in full view.
Though the wait was posted as 30 minutes, exiting guests reported an actual wait of only 5 minutes, once they were through the security screening.
Dragon Challenge Security Screenings
Over in Hogsmeade, Dragon Challege’s brand-new security procedures have cluttered the ride’s already underwhelming entryway with temporary queues.
You may no longer enter the Dragon Challenge queue with a phone or camera, even if you are a non-rider. No more taking photos of what was originally one of Islands of Adventure’s most elaborate queues.
Dragon Challenge’s metal detectors are located on the pathway near the back of Hagrid’s Hut, shortly before the crashed Ford Angila.
The re-ride shortcut at Dragon Challege’s exit is also closed off for now, necessitating a longer walk around if you want to experience both tracks.
Do these enhanced screenings make you feel safer on and around Universal’s roller coasters? Or does this make you feel less inclined to ride these attractions? Share your opinion in the comments bellow!