So what is this limbo? Technically, the ride is no longer in its "technical rehearsal" phase, meaning that the test-and-adjust period for the ride is over and that it should be running at full operation, including its virtual queue with the Universal Express immediate-entry option. But it also means that the media event promoting the ride has yet to come, so it hasn't had its grand opening moment yet.
That will come on May 2, when the ride presumably will be closed again to the public for much, if not all, of the day for the media event. That grand opening moment is coming at night on an evening when the park closes to the public at 7pm, so it's possible that there will be no public viewing for it, save for Universal's planned online live stream of the event.
FWIW, the opening moment for Universal Studios Hollywood's Fast & Furious ride was on the studio's backlot, and thus also available only to media and invited guests. Here's a look back at it:
The Florida installation is a stand-alone version of what serves as the finale of Universal Studios Hollywood's Studio Tour, adding a walk-through preshow that displays show cars inspired by the Fast & Furious film series. The ride itself also ditches the 3D from the Hollywood version (which includes the 3D King Kong encounter earlier in the ride). Otherwise, we thought that the ride portion of the attraction would be the same, but sharp-eyed riders have discovered that Universal has made a change to F&F in Orlando, which it has now brought back to the Hollywood original.
The FBI agent dialogue on Fast and Furious Supercharged has changed on the Studio Tour. It now matches Orlando. pic.twitter.com/PqyHLyxpEH— RyanTheme Park (@Ryanthemepark) April 21, 2018
If you missed it (or couldn't watch the video), the FBI agent that attempts to arrest Roman at the party no longer orders him to the ground. Roman never goes to the ground, and the FBI agent still stands down when Dom, Lettie, and Luke show up with superior firepower. But the switch defuses a racially charged moment of a white law enforcement officer ordering a black man to lie down on the ground, while also making the law enforcement officer look a little less like a power-hungry ass.
See, it's equal opportunity pandering!
Oh, and, of course, let's not forget even though the black man isn't technically a law enforcement agent like the FBI guy, he is working on behalf of the federal government for a super-secret agency that often butts heads with the FBI as it attempts to fight a super-secret criminal syndicate that the "regular" cops and feds aren't equipped to handle because they don't have a fleet of street racers and ridiculously modified vehicles that can take on the baddies in a series of budget-busting set pieces. Which, ultimately, are the raison d'être for the entire Fast & Furious franchise.
Fast & Furious - Supercharged, whether in Hollywood or now in Orlando, puts you right in the middle of one of those high-speed, explosive moments, as Dom and his family, with you in tow (literally), take on Owen Shaw and his baddies. We will be in Orlando for that media event and opening moment next week, so stay tuned to Theme Park Insider for more coverage.Tweet
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