Universal Orlando Resort is full of immersive attractions that have fantastic detailing, pulling Guests into the story with their imagination, as well as placing them in that new reality.
We have seen Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure exceed our expectations with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Lately, the Jurassic Park section of Islands of Adventure has truly seemed like an incredibly well-done land with the added theming and addition of Jurassic World VelociCoaster. There are some attractions, however, that are not as amazing as the rest, as we have seen at many theme parks.
Being able to include current IPs in attractions is something we have seen Universal integrate over the years, and one of those integrations came with Fast & Furious – Supercharged. The attraction replaced Disaster! and Beetlejuice’s Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue, which both were unique offerings, but did not have an as popular IP attached to them. Considering how big the Fast & Furious franchise is, it is not a shocking move to see it become an attraction.
The queue for the ride is great; however, as many have criticized in the past, the attraction itself is not anything to write home about compared to the other attraction technology in the Park. It utilizes screens and a moving ride vehicle similar to Skull Island: Reign of Kong, without the giant animatronic pay off in the end. Some may live the ride, but I am on the side with most, where I know Universal is able to do better. And, shockingly, Universal’s Chief Creative Officer & SVP at Universal Creative, Thierry Coup, agrees.
At this year’s IAAPA convention, Coup spoke on a panel where he slowly thought about his next sentence and, after giving it some thought, stated, “I wish I had stopped senior management from making Fast & Furious: Supercharged.” Considering the ride can be a heck of a lot more creative if it wanted to be (and perhaps utilize a better ride vehicle, such as a car), this statement makes sense. Still, it was shocking to hear that Universal’s creative team is in agreement, and honestly, it was quite refreshing and great to know that the creative team would want to do more!
Now, with Universal CEO Tom Williams retiring and Mark Woodbury (a Universal Creative) taking over, we will hopefully see a progressive change when it comes to always innovate on new lands and attractions, especially with Epic Universe on the way!
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