Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fast & Furious - Supercharged Opens This Week + A First Look

Next week will see the grand opening of Fast & Furious - Supercharged as a part of the Studio Tour in Universal Studios Hollywood.  There have been unofficial previews of the new attraction that have taken place, but Wednesday the 24th is the official opening date.

We've watched for many months as the theme park built a fairly enormous building that houses the experience, seeing three separate sections put into place.  The tram enters the structure and riders are treated to two different preshows and then an exciting 3-D HD finale on some extremely large 360 degree screens.  The final sequence features an action packed chase scene that simulates speeds of up to 120 miles per hour.

This video came out a while back, but gives a nice look at the production efforts that went into creating the ride:

As you can see, all the main characters from the movies were involved in the theme park attraction, even some of the smaller players as well.  While on the tour the storyline for Fast & Furious - Supercharged is set up through video clips played well before entering the show building.  The story is as contrived as most theme park attractions, so they get a pass on that front.  As for the inside experience, I have no doubt that it's much better in person since most of it is screen based.

However, if you want to take a look now, you can see a full recording of the experience at this link.  There are a lot of rumors that a similar attraction may be built in Florida, perhaps replacing Distaster!, with some changes to the ride due to the vehicles, of course.  We shall see.