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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby disneyfan1313 » Wed May 02, 2018 11:59 pm

For the past two days TPR was part of the media event for the newest attraction at Universal Orlando - Fast & Furious Supercharged! In addition to this new ride, we also got to experience Voodoo Doughnuts and see a preview of Aventura Hotel which is opening this August. We've got a TON of pictures to show you, and hopefully you were following along as we live tweeted all the fun, but here is what the attraction is all about...

[i][b]Universal Orlando guests can step into the blockbuster franchise and straight into the heart of the Fast & Furious films right alongside the Fast & Furious crew – including Dom, Letty, Hobbs, Tej, Roman and Mia – all played by the series’ superstars.

During the experience, guests will:
- join up with the Fast crew as they feel what it’s like to step into their favorite Fast & Furious film;
- immerse themselves in an authentic recreation of the Fast & Furious crew’s warehouse headquarters – filled with actual props, iconic scenes, authentic details and supercharged vehicles from the films;
-ride with the family and crew as the films’ soundtracks pump, vehicles flip, rockets fire – and the action builds;
- and check out more than a dozen of the supercharged cars from the films – including some of the ones driven by their favorite characters.

Fast & Furious – Supercharged is the next attraction at Universal Studios to feature the new Virtual Line system. Guests can select a time to ride via the Official Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App or at kiosks located near the attraction entrance, and then enjoy other experiences throughout the park until it’s their ride time. Guests can also access a special mobile experience for Fast & Furious – Supercharged on the Official Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App while inside the attraction, including messages from Mia and the rest of the family, character bios, quizzes and more.[/b][/i]

This attraction is NOW OPEN in the San Fransisco section of Universal Studios Orlando. Check out the photos below to see what it is all about!
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We are checked in at the beautiful Cabana Bay Beach Resort and ready for some fun!
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Our first stop is the newly opened VooDoo Doughnuts!
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OMG! So many yummy choices! They all are calorie free, right?
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We chose the EVIL DOUGHNUT! I wonder why... ;)
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The opening ceremony was awesome - and their mascot was brought to life for the first time!
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Love the theming inside of the store, tons of fun details.
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We then headed to Sapphire Falls Resort to see a preview of the new Aventura Hotel, opening this August!
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Believe it or not, this hotel is going to be priced similarly to Cabana Bay!
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OMG! This rooftop bar will be the hottest place at Universal.
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And this view at night.. WOW.
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Time to try some of the food from the resort. These were AWESOME!
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And home made gnocchi might be my #1 favorite new thing.
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Time to finish off the night at this familiar place...
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... to see the visually stunning new nighttime show, The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.
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And with that note, night #1 is in the books! What a finish!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby disneyfan1313 » Thu May 03, 2018 12:20 am

Day #2
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We are back for night #2 and our first stop is the backstage event space where we will learn more about the creation of the ride!
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The Universal Studios Creative executives told us all about the design process and the changes from the Hollywood version.
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Then we headed over to the San Francisco area of the studios for a BBQ and the grand opening celebration!
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What is in every F&F movie? CORONA!
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"Tuna on White Bread, No Crust" is what Paul Walker's character ordered in the first movie... iconic!
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These pies on a stick were so much fun!
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HUGE crowd for the opening event!
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The party begins with the amazing Academy of Villains dancing to music from the F&F movies. AWESOME!
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Wait... what is that? Why are those cars down the street?
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Holy Crap! A Car chase right in front of us!
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OMG! They are headed straight to that building!
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And straight through it. WOW!
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Vin Diesel and some of the other stars come on stage for the grand opening ceremony!
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They don't have the key to the gate, but they can blow it up!
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Family - together again!
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I'm gonna fan boy out for a minute... seeing Academy of Villans up close and personal when its not Horror Nights? Yes Please!
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The queue is AWESOME! So many references to the movies. If you are a fan, you will love it!
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I could spend a ton of time in here.. I almost wish there was a line!
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Awesome! You can get so close to all these props and vehicles.
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There are also two pre-shows. The first is the breakroom which sets up the story.
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Then the war room, where you get a live feed explaining what you are about to do!
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Time to board the party bus! No photos or videos allowed... of course.. ;)
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What a fun event and a great night. Thanks Universal... we will be back!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Stu K » Thu May 03, 2018 9:09 am

Love the roof top terrace, but I'm scared the party bus looks a bit similar to the skull island jeep is this a similar ride?

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby PennStater » Thu May 03, 2018 9:23 am

Aren't all rides at Universal pretty much the same these days? Put on some glasses, sit in a thing, watch some stuff on a screen. :roll: I still love Universal, but this seems to be the trend and it's a little sad.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Invertalon » Thu May 03, 2018 9:29 am

It has been lately, but won't be into the future. Going back to more physical "experiences", like they used to... No 3D glasses and that type of stuff, thankfully.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Thu May 03, 2018 9:48 am

I mean I've heard pretty mediocre things about the ride itself but everything around it looks pretty well done, especially if you're into cars.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu May 03, 2018 10:22 am

Time to board the party bus! No photos or videos allowed... of course.. ;)


So, what happens on the Fast & Furious Party Bus stays on the Fast & Furious Party Bus.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby KarlaKoaster » Thu May 03, 2018 10:31 am

The view from the top of Aventura :lover:
Stu K wrote:Love the roof top terrace, but I'm scared the party bus looks a bit similar to the skull island jeep is this a similar ride?

Yes, same ride system and I believe same layout too?

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Jew » Thu May 03, 2018 11:23 am

cfc wrote:
Time to board the party bus! No photos or videos allowed... of course.. ;)


So, what happens on the Fast & Furious Party Bus stays on the Fast & Furious Party Bus.


The first rule of the Fast & Furious Party Bus is we do not speak of the Fast & Furious Party Bus.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby bobbie68 » Thu May 03, 2018 11:52 am

Hi thanks for the report. It looks like it was a cool opening. I have read mixed reviews on this attraction and more of them are negative. We are heading down the end of June and I will try it just because it is new. I won't expect to much just try and have fun with it.

It was cool to see they had some of the cast there. I would have enjoyed that. :)

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