Universal Bringing Fast & Furious to Orlando
Universal Orlando will build a new Fast & Furious
-themed attraction at Universal Studios Florida for a 2017 debut.
Universal's sibling park in California opened a Fast & Furious encounter on its Studio Tour this summer, a 3D motion base ride on the park's backlot trams, with new scenes created for the ride starring franchise actors Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Luke Evans.
Universal Studios Florida's version will take over the space currently used by the Disaster attraction and Beetlejuice show, both of which will be closing soon.
Universal's concept art suggests that the first scene in the attraction will be a walk-through
Universal Orlando published notice of the new attraction yesterday before pulling it back. The post reappeared today, offering a description of the new attraction that holds to the same form as the Hollywood version except that it will be a stand-alone attraction, as Disaster! featured a stand-alone version of the Hollywood park's tram-tour Earthquake encounter:
This ride is going to fuse everything you love about the films with an original storyline and incredible ride technology. You’ll get to check out some of the high-speed, supercharged cars you’ve seen on the big screen. You’ll be immersed in the underground racing world made famous in the films and explore the headquarters of Toretto and his team. Then, you’ll board specially-designed vehicles for an adrenaline-pumping ride with your favorite stars from the films.
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Great IP could be a great ride. It needs to separate itself from Transformers and Spiderman though. Good news though!
why just 3D, it'd be neat if it also had an ending like Test Track
I wonder what they mean by "specially-designed vehicles".
I liked Disaster, never once watched the Beetlejuice show... I am all for this. But they just (literally) re-did the entire entrance to Disaster... strange.
They will likely reuse the existing tram chassis with a new shell overlay. It will use the existing ride film and be almost an exact copy. They ought to give it an extra minute of ride time.
I would be disappointed if it's the exact same ride at the Hollywood one. I want real speed, not simulated speed.
I can't wait for the new ride, but I have to admit, I'm going to miss Disaster, even though it was getting long in the tooth..
Interesting that yesterday's mistaken post contained more information than was posted today. Insiders are saying that they will be using entirely new vehicles with changes in the film to reflect the SF setting that was mentioned in yesterday's Universal blog release. This is probably going to have significant changes and a plussed version from what I'm hearing from good source insiders. Think an upgrade from the Tram Tour like Kong will be. Film footage was probably originally shot to reflect the locale, LA vs SF, differences. The lot layout is also significantly different, which will require a changed set up & ride experience.
I have to assume they will rip out all of the Embarcadaro station and that area will become the show scene one area where the members of the cast talk to the guests on the trams, then the tram will move forward into a new building where the BeetleJuice stage is now, for the "high speed" portion of the show. It's just going to be weird for the tram to then reverse back through all of that screen based show space to unload at the load/exit station. I guess they could distract the guests on the train by showing additional video on the on tram video screens, but after watching an entire huge 3-D motion based all encompassing show, ending it on a 22 inch monitor would be a bit of a let down.
Sean H. (Jungle Skip)insider from OU & Parkscope is saying they are going to tear down the existing building.
Rob - if that's true they could create a complete loop with multiple trains that would greatly increase capacity. Can't wait to see how this develops.
With the way that Universal has been treating construction, I think the current building will come down and that they will start from scratch. I also think we're going to see a plussed version of the California attraction and that there will be simulated speed.
Rob: Yeah, I would guess it'll be a loop of some sort since this building will be a large square whereas the tram tour is a long, not so wide, building. Guessing the vehicles will be single so they can be themed out, but with a fairly high capacity of 40 to 60 people. Universal's recent rides, short of DM, have all had large 2000+ hr. capacities. It was significant that they changed the art from yesterday to today. Yesterday's art had a tram in it so they caught the mistake and fixed it since this won't be a tram. If they build over the whole area available it will be huge, about the same size as Gringotts. This has potential if they change and plus it enough and eliminate the stuff from Hollywood that was too corny, like the party scene. .....Nick: Yes, I agree with you.
Do they have enough room for a super fast (0 - 120 mph), launched, indoor coaster? I am with O T, I would like to experience some real speed, not just another simulator ride. Think Top Thrill Dragster (without the 425 foot climb and fall) meets Test Track.
It's not going to be a coaster. With limited space for expansions I don't think we'll see anything, short of a small family coaster, at Universal for a long time.
The filming with the movie stars was entirely green screen, so Universal could swap backgrounds at will. (And I suspect that there might be some fun gag backgrounds deep on well-protected servers inside Universal Creative someplace.) So swapping to SF from LA would be as easy/difficult as creating a new series of backgrounds.
And another attraction that relies heavily on 3d projections. Universal's about to demystify its best technology.
Furious 7 outgrossed Frozen, Age of Ultron and every Harry Potter so it's about time this series got a ride. Hopefully there will be some outdoor elements and no 3D since even the general public are getting tired of looking at 3D screens on every ride.
I remember the concept art for Universal Moscow had a FF attraction that was an actual circuit looking like a Test Trak style ride. I hope it's not a copy of Hollywoods version as Uni Orlando already has 3 motion simulators.
I agree with the majority of people on here, it's sad they can't find the room to give this IP real speed. Something like a cross between Mummy and Rockin Roller Coaster would have been great, that way we get the 3D based story line on screens but then get to experience a high speed race or chase via an indoor coaster.
I agree that ideally, there would be some kind of "real speed" element, such as with the speed test at Test Track or the launch of Rockin Roller Coaster, but I'm understanding this ride will be lacking in that area, which is a sad state of affairs.
Great... another crappy movie (plus Transformers) getting and atraction at Universal Studios. :/
outdoor speed portion or not interested
if they can use live action elements from disaster that would be dope as well
Know what...I bet they use the same ride system as King Kong. Aren't both Kong and F&F at USH basically the same kind of experience? They are making Kong a stand along at IOA, so doing the same thing with FF at USF makes sense.
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