“Fast & Furious: Supercharged” Celebrates Its Grand Opening at the Universal Orlando Resort
The star-studded opening ceremony, held last week, featured cast and crew from the "Fast & Furious" films, as well as some thrilling automotive stunts
With each passing year, the Universal Orlando Resort only grows larger and more immersive. After the addition of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal has been on the fast track to add new rides and attractions to both of its on-site theme parks, as well as its new Volcano Bay water park.
For 2018, the latest attraction to be added to the Universal family is Fast & Furious: Supercharged, a highly-immersive ride starring the cast and crew from the Fast & Furious movies. In fact, Fast & Furious: Supercharged celebrated its grand opening on May 2.
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The ride itself officially opened to guests on April 23. Prior to that, soft openings began on April 14, allowing select guests to experience the attraction before its official debut.
Despite the fact that the ride had been open to guests for more than a week, the official opening ceremony was still a spectacle to behold. It featured live music, entertainment, and more than a few automotive stunts.
The ceremony also featured some of the biggest names from the Fast & Furious film franchise. Tyrese Gibson (Roman), Jordana Brewster (Mia), and Ludacris (Tej) were all in attendance, and Vin Diesel, the headlining star and producer of the films, even stopped by, welcoming those in attendance to the “family.”
You can watch some highlights of the opening ceremony in the video below:
Two years ago, Universal adapted portions of its Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood that featured King Kong to create the Skull Island: Reign of Kong attraction at the Islands of Adventure park. For Fast & Furious: Supercharged, Universal employed a similar method, bringing over the portion of the Studio Tour that featured the Fast & Furious family.
Unlike the version that is part of the Studio Tour, Fast & Furious: Supercharged has a highly-themed queue. Before boarding a “party bus,” guests will tour the headquarters of Dom and his crew, which includes a garage full of performance vehicles from the films, as well as Tej’s “war room.”
The queue featured for the ride also employ’s Universal’s new Virtual Line system. Using this system, guests can select a time to ride and explore other areas of the park until that time arrives, eliminating the need to wait in line for long portions of their day.
The ride does add a few new scenes to the ride that aren’t featured in the Universal Studios Hollywood version. The characters of Tej and Mia, Dom’s sister, have been added to the narrative as well.
Seeing as how the Fast & Furious franchise has grossed more than $5 billion over the course of its lifetime, it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see this attraction quickly become one of the most popular across the Universal Orlando Resort.
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Zachary Berry currently resides in the Dayton, Ohio area. However, he enjoys traveling from place to place, as he was born in Oklahoma City and has also lived in Albuquerque and Orlando (such is the life of a military brat). Zachary graduated from Ohio University with a major in Strategic Communication, which is fancy talk for advertising and public relations. Beginning his career at The News Wheel as a lowly intern, he was able to climb his way to the top, eventually claiming his place within the last cubicle on the left. Other jobs that Zachary has held include driving around a safari truck at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. When he’s not putting his nose to the grindstone, Zachary enjoys watching and critiquing movies and television. See more articles by Zachary.