The Fast and Furious franchise continues to expand! Just weeks after Universal and DreamWorks announced an animated series coming to Netflix, the second Fast & Furious Supercharged opened at Universal Studios Orlando.
Screen Rant attended the premiere of the event where Universal closed its park early to invite media, guests, and several members of the Fast and Furious "family" and an exciting car stunt - two staples of the brand that were emphasized throughout the evening and the attraction itself.
Take the craziest action set pieces you can think of from the Fast and Furious film franchise, make it even more over-the-top, and imagine you're living it. That's sums up the fun to be expected from Fast & Furious Supercharged, which has been updated from its original version at Universal Studios Hollywood.
What's Different About Fast & Furious Supercharged in Orlando?
During the preview presentation before the Fast & Furious Supercharged premiere event began, some interest details were revealed about the attraction and most importantly, what's changed from the original version launched in 2015 as part of The World-Famous Studio Tour.
With a worldwide box-office of more than $5 billion, the Fast & Furious film franchise is one of the highest-grossing of all time and has become a global phenomenon that captivates audiences from around the world with action-packed storylines, unique characters and high-speed cars. Now – Universal Orlando guests can step into the blockbuster franchise and straight into the heart of the Fast & Furious films right alongside the Fast & Furious crew – including Dom, Letty, Hobbs, Tej, Roman and Mia – all played by the series’ superstars.
Since Fast & Furious Supercharged is a standalone attraction in Orlando, Universal was able to expand the experience outside of the ride itself. There are multiple phases to the queue which will let attendees see 15 cars from the series and a large garage/workshop featuring all sorts of Fast and Furious Easter Eggs. There are areas full of military gear for the more intense missions the family embarks on, a prep room with a live actor and footage featuring Mia (Jordana Brewster) and Tej (Ludacris), and a "War Room" just before the ride itself which has another live actor and more footage.
Given that the ride itself features Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, it was a smart move for fans bringing in two more key characters and actors from the series. The new footage does also feature voiceover dialogue from The Rock and Vin Diesel as well.
One thing fans of the movies will need to keep in mind is that the the lore of the ride is a few movies behind and is inspired by Fast & Furious 6 where Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) was the villain. He's featured in the attraction as well, both in the ride footage, and in 'wanted' posters seen along the queue. Of course, he's since been repositioned as a hero figure of sorts in The Fate of the Furious so we wonder if and when Universal may update the footage to continue bringing in more characters similar to how at Disney Parks, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout and Star Tours have been adding in new footage around certain Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm Star Wars movie events.
From a technical standpoint, there are two key changes of note. First, is that Orlando's Fast & Furious Supercharged is not 3D like its Hollywood counterpart. We were told they opted for pushing HDR instead but it was not noticeable, and if anything, the lack of 3D makes the animated character effects look less lifelike during the action scenes. The other difference is that the background was changed to San Francisco since the attraction is located in the San Francisco section of Universal Studios.
Attendees who purchase the Universal Express Pass can skip the main line for Fast & Furious Supercharged and the attraction also uses Virtual Line where attendees can select a specific return time and party size, and spend less time in line.
Fast & Furious Supercharged is a must-see for fans who love the cast and film franchise, but be warned, it goes by very fast once you sit down!