Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
I always thought it was very strange that Universal Studios theme parks don’t feature a Fast and the Furious ride. The films have earned almost $2.4 billion worldwide — Fast and the Furious is the biggest franchise in Universal Studios’ history, yet they can’t even build a ride in the domestic theme parks? Yes, they’ve had that lame stop on the studio tram tour that features a bunch of cars spinning on turntables, a cross promotion for their earlier film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. But the tram stop is one of the stupidest parts of the tram tour, and by the way, Tokyo Drift is the lowest earning movie of the franchise — seems like an odd choice.
Finally, Universal Studios Hollywood has announced a new Fast and the Furious ride which will be called Fast & Furious Supercharged (we mentioned the trademark in an earlier Theme Park Bits). More details on the Fast & Furious Supercharged ride revealed after the jump.
Fast & Furious Supercharged Ride Details
Unfortunately with Universal Hollywood building Hogwarts there is not much room for another full ride, so they are adding the new Fast & Furious Supercharged “ride” to the studio tram tour. Here is what was revealed in the New York Times:
Also coming next year, the company said on Tuesday, will be “Fast & Furious – Supercharged,” a movie-thrill ride hybrid in which occupants of Universal’s famed back-lot trams will be encircled by 400-foot-long movie screens. “We’re going to make it feel like those trams are being pulled through the streets at speeds of over 100 miles per hour,” said Chick Russell, an executive producer for Universal Creative.
Hey, at least it will be better than a bunch of cars spinning on turntables. They also revealed that the Universal Studios’ studio tram tours, which currently end at sunset, will be expanded into the night time hours with a different nighttime story line “accompanied by lighting effects at more than 20 stops.”
The Fast & Furious Supercharged ride will open some time in 2015.