Just days before Universal Studios Hollywood officially opens Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, the California theme park has announced a big new addition and finale to their popular studio tram tour attraction.
Fast & Furious – Supercharged will add explosive new visuals based on the popular “The Fast and the Furious” film franchise.
Called a “3D-HD thrill ride,” Fast & Furious – Supercharged will reunite stars from the “Fast & Furious” series. The story will put guests in the high-stakes underground world of fast cars, where their identity is exposed, join the cast in a harrowing escapade to save one of their own from an international crime cartel. The adventure will culminate with action sequences through the streets of Los Angeles, making guests feel they are traveling in excess of 120 miles per hour.
The attraction will be a hydraulic motion-based ride, featuring special effects, state-of-the-art 3D audio system, and 3D imagery projected onto the world’s longest 360-degree screen, spanning nearly 400 feet in length to encircle Studio Tour guests in a newly-constructed 50,000-square-foot structure on the backlot. The screen will feature 18 4K projectors.
Along the tram route, prop cars from the Fast & Furious series, including Dom’s iconic Dodge Charger, will be seen as well.
“We’ve embarked on a new medium of immersive entertainment that brings to life the characters, hyper-realistic action adventure and custom-made effects to transport guests into the exciting world of Fast & Furious,” said Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative. “Our collaboration with Universal Pictures to bring this franchise to life through epic storytelling and technological breakthroughs continues to be a hallmark of Universal Studios Hollywood.”
The tram tours will also have lengthened hours, adding a different story and new effects after dark.
The updated ride’s artwork shows exactly what is expected from an attraction based on the high-speed movies: cars and explosions.
Fast & Furious Supercharged won’t be a standalone ride, but rather an add-on to the existing backlot tram tour. It’s set to open in summer 2015.