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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby bostonlva » Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:48 pm

Those who went today. How was the ride?

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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby ahecht » Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:40 am

jedimaster1227 wrote:
Evans, who is villain Owen Shaw, adds that Furious was a logical extension to make the attraction which will now serve as the finale to Universal's famed studio tour.

"I'm amazed it hasn't been made into a theme park ride earlier than it has," says Evans. "When you watch the movies, you feel this power, speed and adrenaline."


How quickly they forget the Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift dancing cars on sticks.
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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby DBJ » Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:44 pm

Actually, still waiting for Fast and the Furious to be turned into a theme park ride.

Can't help wonder how well this would work using the Transformers ride system instead. Well, hope that happens in Florida or Japan, so the franchise does have a proper thrill ride. For Hollywood, vast improvement over the tunnel of course, and a good finale showpiece for the tour.

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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby DallasAlvey » Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:15 pm

TPR was invited to the grand opening of Fast and Furious: Supercharged! The event was a lot fun, Courthouse Square from Back to the Future served as the backdrop for the ceremony. As a movie fan, getting walk around those sets was incredibly cool! The opening ceremony was kicked off by a performance by the Fast and Furious pit girls, followed by a speech from Universal Studios Hollywood President Larry Kurzweil. Fast and Furious stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Jason Statham were also on hand. The ceremony was concluded with an epic car chase that officially open the attraction!

Then it was time to time to check out the actual attraction. The facade is very impressive, it really does feel like something pulled out of the movie. The ride is split into three parts with the first two rooms being a pre-show. They blend video with practical sets using the tram monitor or projections, similar to what we've seen in the Forbidden Journey and Gringotts pre-shows. The ride itself is fun, it's basically the same technology as Kong 360, although this has a lot more fog and water effects. It does give you that 360 sensory overload feeling like Kong which is cool. It's definitely the biggest and most technology advanced attraction on the tour and a good grand finale. Fans of the movies should love it, it's definitely a huge improvement over the old spinning tunnel. ;)

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Here's our ride for the day!

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New design on the trams by the way.

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Will admit it was a little weird being on the "other side" of the Studio Tour.

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The media event took place at Court House Square on the backlot.

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Lots of picture cars from the movies were on display.

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Lots of cool photo ops!

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We could even sit in them!

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Got my new ride! ;)

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Lots of food for us...highly appreciated!

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Save the Clocktower!!

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The red carpet was rolled out for the celebrities.

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Tyrese Gibson aka Roman from the Fast and Furious franchise.

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Jason Statham who plays Shaw.

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Wouldn't be Fast and Furious with out car stunts!

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Or hots chicks. ;)

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USH president Larry Kerzweil's ride.

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There he is!

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"Last time I'm taking Uber"

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LA mayor Eric Garcetti also gave a speech.

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The cast was brought up to cut the chain and open Fast and Furious: Supercharged!

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Vin Diesel gave a speech dedicating the attraction to Paul Walker.


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Chain is about to be cut when......

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The FBI showed up to look for a known criminal somewhere at the event.


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They don't look to impressed.

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Is that the guy? ;)

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What's Mr. Stunt Driver?

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Flying Cars!!!

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Now it's officially open!

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Explosions!!!

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Confetti!!!

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Dancing!!!

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Time to check it out for ourselves!

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You're first introduced to the story right after Wisteria Lane, when the tour guide calls in a suspicious vehicle.

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We're told we need to hide out in this old warehouse...seems legit!

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The facade's very impressive!

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We're given tips on how to survive the action. (Meaning put away your phones, camera etc.)

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Cool party going on in here.

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Then the FBI brakes it up...don't know why they keep doing that!

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Projection effects are cool!

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It's cool to see they got pretty much the whole cast for this.

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Also some cars and trucks fans might recognize.


From that point you're taken into the actual attraction. Like I said earlier high action and there's a lot to see on both sides of the tram. There's not really a bad seat for it either. We were in the last car and I was second seat from the right hand side and the 360 effect looked great!

Fast and Furious Supercharged is open now go check it out!!
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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterlvr » Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:29 pm

i saw a video of that ending car chase and that was just awesome. i wasn't at all expecting the car flying through the sign. i actually thought it was a video screen. LOL
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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby gr8LAboy » Thu Jun 25, 2015 5:22 pm

Park is absolutely packed today but saw this as I was exiting tram tour.
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Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby bostonlva » Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:14 pm

http://www.latimes.com/travel/themeparks/la-trb-universal-studios-hollywood-50th-anniversary-20150602-story.html#page=1

Really good article about the struggles universal went through before they got to where they are today

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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:12 am

Thanks for the coverage of the Fast & Furious grand opening, Dallas--particularly of the hot chicks, which are essential at any Universal media event. ;)
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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby DBJ » Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:14 pm

That is a great LA times article! Thanks for the link.

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Re: Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) Discussion Thread

Postby chickenbowl » Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:23 pm

gr8LAboy wrote:Park is absolutely packed today but saw this as I was exiting tram tour.


That track and catwalk look just like a Mack Youngstar coaster and is definitely not a Vekoma Junior coaster (like the other two FotH at USO and USJ). What do you guys think?
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