Universal Orlando's Fast & Furious ride has soft opened to guests

April 14, 2018, 2:13 PM · Late this afternoon, Fast & Furious - Supercharged soft-opened to guests at Universal Studios Florida.

A plussed, stand-alone version of the final encounter on the Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood, Fast & Furious - Supercharged will open officially at Universal Orlando on May 2. Until then, it will be in what Universal calls "technical rehearsal," meaning that the ride could open or close at any time, and that all ride elements might not be available at any given time. Universal Express will not be available during the soft open, but the ride's virtual queue might be. Or might not. In other words, no guarantees.

On Fast & Furious - Supercharged, visitors will walk through a collection of street racing cars and Tej's War Room before boarding party buses that get diverted into a simulated high-speed chase through the city, as Dom Toretto's family battles villain Owen Shaw and his henchmen. Fans are already finding some neat Easter eggs in the queue, too.

We will be there on May 2 for the official opening and will post a review then. In the meantime, check out our thoughts on the original installation in California or leave your rating and review on our Universal Studios Florida Fast & Furious - Supercharged page.

Replies (20)

April 14, 2018 at 4:58 PM ·

Exact copy of USH.

https://youtu.be/eZLnt8CIaI4

April 15, 2018 at 2:54 AM ·

Early reviews have been appalling. Universal once again dropped the ball with cartoonish graphics on a screen-based ride. Disney must be laughing their heads off. 2010 seems a long time ago...

April 15, 2018 at 4:23 AM ·

Note the warning that some elements of the ride may not be available. My experience with technical previews has been hit or miss. Sometimes I've gotten the full ride, other times I've had ride elements not working or experienced long delays. When I previewed Kong, for example, there were several delays and Kong himself wasn't working. As the article mentions, there are no guarantees.

If this is a "one and done trip" to Universal and you otherwise wouldn't get a chance to ride for a long time or possibly ever again, certainly go for it. But if you have the opportunity to wait, give them some time to work out all of the kinks and experience it for the first time as the ride was intended. Nothing was more anticlimactic than riding Kong for the first time and seeing him hunched over in "sleep mode."

April 15, 2018 at 4:26 AM ·

Another screen ride.

April 15, 2018 at 5:31 AM ·

We road it! As a shock to see it open! As of right now not as good as it could have been but the ride itself is just like kong overall there could have been a lot of improvements

April 15, 2018 at 5:44 AM ·

The ride is so AWESOME my family and I were the one of the first 500 people to ride and it was the best ride we rode all day. I would recommend everyone to ride. Walking through the garage with all the cars and and tools is awesome also makes you feel like you are in the garage of Dom.....

April 15, 2018 at 6:23 AM ·

Having watched the video I have to admit to being a bit disappointed. Not being familiar with the version on the Studio Tour at US Hollywood I've got nothing to compare against but I was a bit surprised to find that the 'action sequence' which is the whole point of this attraction was only around 90 seconds long. Whilst it looked moderately well done it's over so quickly, and after such a lot of tedious build-up and pre-show, that overall it's not grabbing me as a 'must see' and certainly not something I'd wait in line for. I can only assume it must be more exciting in the flesh than it looks on screen.

April 15, 2018 at 7:43 AM ·

ANOTHER screen.

While UC pitched a MASSIVE upgrade vs USH, based on the MASSIVE cost increase it wan’t approved.

April 15, 2018 at 8:33 AM ·

I think Universal did a great job of the building , the queue with all the cars and recreations of parts of the movies, yes the ride part isn’t amazing , but it’s still a fun addition to the park and it’s modern , up to date and has AC for nearly the whole queue .

April 15, 2018 at 10:27 AM ·

To be fair, 90 seconds for the heart of a thrill ride isn’t far from average, when you consider the ride time on most coasters after the launch or lift crest to the final brake.

April 15, 2018 at 11:01 AM ·

Looks like a good addition to the park, even if it is an exact copy of the one in hollywood. At least, like kong, they added a lot of detail into the queue areas to make it more of a standalone ride.

April 15, 2018 at 11:06 AM ·

I had a chance to be one of the 1st to try the new ride everyone was full of energy not what we expected the party bus idea sure was different a few little touches and this ride is a winner.

April 15, 2018 at 3:10 PM ·

being a worker at Universal Studios I had the pleasure of riding this ride even before the soft opening but soft opening or not this whole ride is a total disappointment and it shows the level of creativity of the creative Department and the head of these people, the building is so massive yet you're limited to a 90-minute action sequence parked in one place as usual it lacked theming just another ride that puts you in front of the screen and moves you around with no other elements to help with the magic of what you're going through but the queue as usual was fantastic, pre-show was fantastic, the build-up was there but when you get to the real meat of the ride it was a disappointment and nothing new which is the whole point of building a new ride in a theme park, I don't see them getting their return on this ride there's nothing about this ride to draw people to Universal pacifically to ride Fast and Furious, all these simulated rides in Universal is just laziness and lack of creativity at its best in high places, people that play Planet coaster the PC game put more time and effort into the rides that they build then Universal puts in on their so-called new rides AKA reworked old rides

April 15, 2018 at 7:33 PM ·

Rode it last night right before closing of park. Great party atmosphere in line to get on. Go through a "garage" with some sweet cars. Ride is a party bus theme. Amazing action both sides of ride sound was amazing. Overall a fun experience was a little short but that seems to be a trend.

April 16, 2018 at 3:42 AM ·

It’s not like Hollywood at all! Idiots. Yes, it’s still a lame ride but the Hollywood ride is a tram ride through an 800 foot long building. The Orlando version has themed scenes which allow you to see props from the FnF movies then ride a party bus in a loop, similar to Kong, through 5 additional scenes.

April 16, 2018 at 9:47 AM ·

The ride is very similar to Hollywood's version but it does have some differences. The orlando version has an opening scene that makes you feel like you are speeding down a freeway in the dark and also includes a practical street scene set before you get to the party scene.

April 16, 2018 at 10:41 AM ·

I'm more interested to see how they operate the virtual queue here. IMHO, the virtual queue on Jimmy Fallon is an unmitigated disaster. Not only do you have to select a time to ride, but once you come back to the ride, you end up waiting inside the queue area for at least 30 minutes before you actually board. It appears that Universal will at least be utilizing a single rider line for this, and perhaps will actually allow UE guests to bypass the wait inside to load.

April 16, 2018 at 8:42 PM ·

This is great! Universal pioneered screen based rides with The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman. They took it to the next level with Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. This is a solid addition to Univeral Studious Florida. Does it move the needle in innovation? The answer is no, this is a copy of Kong with different elements. However, it's much better than Race Through New York and should add as a solid attraction to the park. Disney solidified the future of screen based rides when it decided to make its marquee attraction to Pandora a plussed version of Soarin'. Looking forward to the future!

April 17, 2018 at 7:45 AM ·

I'm pretty sure that Comcast shoved this down Universal Creative's throat....big franchise, must have attraction...SYNERGY!! I'm looking forward to the future, because I don't believe this project was pushing the envelope for innovation or creativity. Hopefully we can get on to the next big thing!

April 21, 2018 at 8:15 AM ·

It’s really disappointing ride. Difficult to see if you happen to get the wrong seat on the ‘party bus’.

Theming and the queue are the best elements.

Universal need to be better than this mediocre ride.

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