Universal Orlando is holding a media event for the premiere of its Fast & Furious: Supercharged ride on Wednesday evening, May 2.
Now, as things normally work in this business, an attraction would open to the public immediately after, or the day after, its media premiere. In this case, that would suggest a Thursday, May 3 debut. But Universal's invitation makes no mention of that, and Universal has run media previews of new attractions several days or even weeks in advance of their public openings (hello, Diagon Alley!), so there's no guarantee that you will be able to get on the ride if you are visiting Universal Orlando that first week in May.
But Universal is inviting a whole bunch of press and VIPs to go on the new attraction on May 2, so the odds are that this ride will be opening to the public sooner rather than later, and sometime in the spring rather than summer. (Update: Wednesday, April 11 Universal is now holding Team Member previews for the ride, so the odds of a public soft opening before the media event just got even better. Second update: Saturday, April 14 And now it has soft-opened to guests.)
Fast & Furious: Supercharged is a plussed version of the final encounter on the Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood, which opened in 2015. In this new installation, you will walk into the hangout for the Fast & Furious family (built on the site of the former Disaster! ride), seeing many of their modified street racers, before entering Tej's high-tech War Room.
Eventually, you will board buses that will take you into the heart of the action, a high-speed chase and battle with Owen Shaw and his henchmen, in which Dominic Toretto and his crew ultimately save the day.
Yeah, that's just too obvious to be considered a spoiler, right? Anyway, the fun here literally is the chase rather than the destination, which - as with all major new attractions - will be a gift shop.
We will be there on May 2, so keep watching Theme Park Insider for full coverage.Tweet
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