Description And Comments

It’s hard to wrap your mind around this attraction, but trust us when we say you’re in for a very strange experience. Here, quoting Universal, are some of the things you can look forward to: “authentic Egyptian catacombs”; “high-velocity show--immersion system” (Huh? quickie baptism?); “magnet-propulsion launch wave system”; “a ‘Brain Fire’ [!] that hovers [over guests] with temperatures soaring to 2,000°F”; and “canopic jars containing grisly remains.” When you read between the lines, Revenge of the Mummy is a high-tech hybrid indoor roller coaster/dark ride based on the Mummy flicks starring Brendan Fraser. The ride's premise is that a movie production crew has taken over New York's “Museum of Antiquities” to film a sequel titled Revenge of the Mummy.

The queuing area serves to establish the storyline: You’re in a group touring a set from the Mummy films when you enter a tomb where the fantasy world of film gives way to the real thing. You'll notice lots of interactive details built into the queue, including hints that the movie filming isn't going according to plan. By the time you board your clunky, jeeplike ride vehicle, you've learned that the movie's villain, Imhotep is trying to use the film crew's souls to become immortal. Only the mystical Medjai symbol can save you from certain doom (cue dramatic music).

The ride begins as a slow, very elaborate dark ride, passing through various chambers, including one where flesh-eating scarab beetles descend on you. Suddenly your vehicle stops, then drops backward and rotates. Here’s where you’re shot at high speed up the first hill of the roller coaster part of the ride. We won't give away any of Mummy's secrets, but here's what you need to know: it's mostly in the dark and there are no loops, inversions or any kind of upside-downness; there are plenty of tight turns and high-speed drops and a maximum speed of around 45 MPH (roughly in the middle between Disney's Space Mountain and Expedition Everest coasters). Though it’s a wild ride by anyone’s definition, the emphasis remains as much on the visuals, robotics, and special effects as on the ride itself. As far as those special effects go, they're pretty good: video effects, animatronics, lighting and enough fire-spewing gas vents to rotisserie a chicken. The endings (yes, plural) are pretty clever.

Touring Tips

Diagon Alley, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, and Despicable Me have diminished the early-morning crowds. Nevertheless, try to ride during the first two hours the park is open. If lines are long, one fallback is to use the singles line, which is often more expedient than Universal Express. If you must wait on a hot day, the consolation is that Mummy's air-conditioning system is one of the best in the park.

The front left seat gets the best view of the animatronic effects, while the back corner seats offers the most air-time in the coaster sections. Request row three for extra legroom if you found the test seat outside the attraction entrance to be a tight fit. Concerning motion sickness, if you can ride Space Mountain without ill effect, you should be fine on Revenge of the Mummy. Switching off is available. Finally, note that the Mummy's queue contains enough scary stuff to frighten little kids all on its own. While most grade-schoolers we surveyed who were plucky enough to ride the Mummy gave it high marks, one father feels our rating for that age group is inappropriate:

This ride should NOT be recommended for grade-schoolers, for which you rated the ride a 4. My 2nd-grader (who wasn't scared at all on Space Mountain) was terrified during this ride and cried afterwards. I am really upset I encouraged her to ride it, and worried she'll have nightmares. Even I thought it was quite scary, and other adults on our ride echoed the same. I think you should really consider a lower rating for grade schoolers, in addition to a warning about the VERY frightening aspects of this ride.

Revenge of the Mummy Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Revenge of the Mummy when you visit on a day with a given Universal Studios Florida 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 Revenge of the Mummy Wait Times.

Special Comments

48" minimum height requirement

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