Fast & Furious: Supercharged Arrives in Orlando
If you're fan of the Fast & Furious movie franchise and you're a regular at the Orlando] theme parks, then you'll be overjoyed to hear that Universal Studios Florida has unveiled a more immersive experience version of the Fast & Furious: Supercharged ride which debuted at the Universal California theme park in 2015. As we understand it, the core features of the new ride, which was unveiled in Orlando on May 2, are largely the same, but the new Florida ride features some major upgrades which improve on the original California version.
Fast & Furious: Supercharged is housed on the old site of the earthquake ride Disaster!, which Universal closed in 2015. The new ride combines cutting edge 3D movie footage, sensory effects, and ride vehicle vibrations which puts guests in a setting that feels right at home in any of the series' films. The ride also has all of the leading characters from the movies, including Vin Diesel's Dom, Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs, and Michelle Rodriguez's Letty. And, if you keep your eyes peeled, you'll also spot several poignant tributes to the franchise's late star Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in 2013.
Universal has also done something novel as far as the guest experience goes; this new Florida version of the ride has turned the queue into a tour of the headquarters of the Fast & Furious crew. It's essentially a series of connected rooms packed with props, details, call-outs and hot supercharged cars. It's all pretty clever and doesn't feel like a static display of hot cars. Instead, it feels more like a real warehouse and garage. However, if hanging around queuing isn't for you, then you'll appreciate the fact that the new ride is the latest attraction at Universal Orlando to feature the Virtual Line system. With this feature, guests can select a time to ride via the official Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App or via the kiosk located near the attraction entrance. Once a guest has signed up to this, they simply turn up at the ride at their allotted time and are the able to avoid the queues. Once inside the ride, the app will also deliver messages from Mia and the rest of the family, plus character information, quiz questions and much more.
The Orlando version of the ride isn't part of a tram tour like they have in the Universal California Park. Instead, the Orlando version has its own Party Buses, which, if I'm not mistaken, are based on the truck from Skull Island: Reign of Kong but with a jazzed up paint job and party lighting. Once aboard the bus, guests are taken on the same adventure as the California version, except that this time, the story is based in and around San Francisco rather than Los Angeles. Outside of the location change, Universal say that the ride is identical, meaning you'll still see Dom hanging from a helicopter and Hobbs causing all kinds of trouble from behind a giant hand-cannon.
Once aboard the ride, the super-high resolution technology that's built into the attraction will totally immerse you in the world of the movies without the need for cumbersome 3D glasses. So, expect the characters to be soon warning you that the family's evil enemy, Owen Shaw, has tracked you down and soon will be chasing you in a realistic high-speed pursuit through the hilly streets of San Francisco.
The breathtaking effects really make you feel as if you are part of the Dom's gang roaring through the streets of San Francisco, trying to avoid bullets, the odd flame-thrower and heart stopping automobile pileups. This is not a ride for the fainthearted. And, as with the predecessor of this space, there's a dramatic freefall during the ride, so make sure you've left a couple of hours between eating and visiting Fast & Furious: Supercharged!