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4 Things We Just Learned About the New Ride Coming Next Year to Universal Studios Florida

After nearly two years, Universal Orlando Resort is almost ready to open its newest attraction: Fast & Furious – Supercharged, which is scheduled to welcome its first guests early next year. Announced last year, Universal has finally released some concrete details about this adrenaline and action-packed attraction. And though it is true that this ride will have a lot in common with its West Coast tram tour counterpart, there will also be some unique elements for this attraction as well.

A New Story

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Fast and the Furious fans will be delighted to know that many of the characters they love will be a part of this attraction, delivering a new story that will bring guests on the ride of a lifetime. The action begins when Fast and the Furious fan favorite Dom invites guests to attend a race after-party that guests won’t want to miss. However, they won’t be getting there using a normal car, as character Tej has hooked guests up with customized party busses (which look suspiciously like trams) to get you there.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a theme park ride unless something goes wrong, and just as guests make their way to the party, Dom calls with an urgent message: Criminal mastermind Owen Shaw has tracked you down. And of course a high-speed chase ensues as the Fast & Furious crew strives to keep you safe from the clutches of Shaw.

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All characters who are included in the attraction will be played by the original actors from the film franchise, and art and clips from the movies will be displayed in the attraction’s queue as well. Stars involved with this project include Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Vin Diesel, Tyreese Gibson, Ludacris, and Luke Evans. 

There will be at least some practical effects

Though Disaster wasn't the most popular Universal Studios attraction in its final years, its closure was still a big loss for longtime fans of Universal Studios Florida, as it was one of the last attractions at this park that used extensive practical effects rather than screen-based effects. However, it looks like Fast & Furious – Supercharged will be using some kind of practical effects, as the video above describes flamethrowers and simulated gunfire as part of the ride experience, indicating that there will be at least some kind of practical element to this ride, even if a lot of it is still screen-based. You can watch the video above for more. 

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