March may only be a few days old but “March of Mummies” is already coming to life starting with your fill of everything from the 1999 Universal Studios remake of The Mummy starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. We have covered the movie itself, the soundtrack and now the “Revenge of the Mummy” ride which can be found in Universal Studios Orlando, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore. The ride itself is a roller coaster that lasts about two to three minutes and reaches speeds of up to 45 mph with sudden drops, twists, turns and a period where you are in complete darkness. So…who wants to learn how to break the curse and defeat Imhotep forever?
Our first stop is Universal Studios Orlando where Revenge of The Mummy opened on May 21, 2004, replacing an old favorite–Kongfrontation–which closed on September 8, 2002. The Mummy cost $40 million to build and consists of tracks that were used in Kongfrontation as homage to the ride which stood for over 20 years. Over the course of the ride, there is old trackwork and a statue of Kong built in to pay tribute. The entrance to the ride is meant to look like the front of the Museum of Antiquities where Evy worked in the movie. The queue to the ride starts as a movie set where props and other designs from The Mummy are on display and then eventually transitions to a 1940’s archaeological dig site in an Egyptian tomb.
The ride itself follows a crew member named Reggie who has gone missing and gives ominous warnings as the ride starts before Imhotep appears. Riders are catapulted through darkness and treasure rooms while trying to escape Imhotep and his army of mummies. There are sudden drops, twists, turns and special effects which is everything a thrill-seeker will want in a ride.
If Orlando is not your ideal place to stop Imhotep, there’s always Hollywood. Revenge of the Mummy opened in Universal Studios Hollywood on June 25, 2004, replacing long-time attraction, E.T. Adventure. It, like its sister ride in Orlando, cost $40 million but took less than two years to complete. The ride features both replica props and actual props from The Mummy movie. There is some difference between the two rides. The entrance features two statues of Anubis and the queue, set in 1944, gives background information on Imhotep and the ride. The queue features special effects and tombs with hieroglyphics lining the walls that lead into the ride. The ride is much shorter, lasting only two minutes.
As Revenge of the Mummy begins riders will hear the voice of Gad Hassan (Omid Djalili), the prison warden from The Mummy warning them about what is to come. The ride may be shorter but it is still full of sudden twists and turns complete with mummy soldiers, scarabs, darkness and even the Book of the Dead. There is treasure to behold and curses to break in this terrifying, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride.
Imhotep’s reach knows no boundaries as it has even been felt in Singapore. Universal Studios Singapore opened on March 18, 2010 with Revenge of the Mummy as one of its first attractions. It only cost $20 million to build and it’s virtually the same as the Orlando version including the three minute run time but with a shorter queue before the ride. The plot for this ride is to find the Book of the Living at the request of Evy’s museum supervisor.
I personally have yet to go on these rides but they seem as exciting as the movie itself. We would love to know if any of you out there have ever been on any of the versions of Revenge of the Mummy and what you thought of them. Stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe during “March of Mummies” and every day after for new and exciting developments in the Universal Monsters world.