Fast & Furious: Supercharged has arrived at Universal Orlando Resort in a very big way, located in the space that was previously home to the attractions Disaster! and Earthquake: The Big One, in the park’s San Francisco area right next to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Based on the eight-film (and still growing) series of car films, the ride brings together all of the films’ stars for a high octane car chase through the streets of San Fancisco.
Park guests are seated in a “party bus” which is en route to a secret party. Vacationers are treated to video screens in which Ludacris’s Tej and Dwayne Johnson’s Agent Hobbs warn of bad guy Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) stirring up big trouble (if you haven’t seen any of the films, everything in them is big). Unsurprisingly, this party bus is besieged by explosive shenanigans that includes car jumps, rockets, and Vin Diesel flexing those famous pecs of his to hang off a helicopter.
This attraction does utilize Universal Orlando’s new Virtual Line system, which is already in place for Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon and throughout the Volcano Bay™ theme park – a feature that gives you’re a return time rather than immediately cramming you into a line queue. Once you return, there’s plenty to look at as you make your way to the party bus.
As is the growing trend among new theme park attractions (and a very welcome one, at that), the queue is meticulously thought-out to provide loads to do and look at while waiting to be seated on the ride. It helps set up the storyline of the ride, helps you feel like you’re not in a line. Universal has gotten really good at this over the years, and it’s certainly one of their best assets. As much attention goes into the queues themselves as it does the rides, and the attention to detail shows.
The queue includes a couple of separate pre-show rooms in which Universal Orlando™ cast members interact with the park guests to begin introducing the story. One takes place inside Tej’s war room, which is packed to the gills with tech from the films. Fans will also discover a subtly touching tribute to the late Paul Walker's character Brian O' Conner, as well as a number of fun nods to the films and their central family.
If you have a deep need for speed, buckle-up for this breakneck thrill-ride. Fast & Furious: Supercharged is a must-do for the series' super-fans.