Yesterday was Media Day for Fast and Furious Supercharged at Universal Studios Hollywood. As always, the park put on a great red carpet event and opening ceremony which included celebrities, a stunt show, dancers, Universal Executives and even the Mayor of Los Angeles.
Written by Amanda Condon
Below we'll give you the run-down of the entire event and a re-review of the ride, as there have been a few changes since the last time we rode, some good changes.
You can see video of the ceremony below. We've cut it down a bit to show the fun parts, there were lots of speeches given as well.
The event was held down on the Metro Sets, more specifically in Courthouse Square, which was very cool.
The park was very nice to give me a prime parking spot right down on the Metro Set's. =)
First thing we noticed were all the signs now include the tagline "Grand Finale of the Studio Tour". Hopefully this should set expectations where they should be.
The Red Carpet
The stage set-up
Donuts on the Universal Backlot
Dancers kicked off the show with a fun routine
Larry Kurzweil arrived in style.
Vin Diesel made a very nice speech where he talked about the franchise and his late friend Paul Walker.
Vin Diesel ready to cut the chain and open the ride!!!
Just as Vin Diesel is about to cut the chain, the FBI shows up to mess up the party.
So just cutting a red ribbon or breaking a chain, not really Fast and Furious style, so they had a car do it with an awesome stunt.
The creative team that put on the opening ceremonies. They put on a great show.
Re-Review of Fast and Furious Supercharged:
So last week we did a review of the attraction after the Media Preview, outlining some of the issues we had with the ride. We are VERY pleased to report that a lot of these have been fixed.
The film print in both the pre-show and actual show have been cleaned up a bit. Not sure if this was due to a new print, lens adjustments or something, but it has DEFINITELY helped the overall experience. In addition, the water effects have been toned down A LOT as they weren't needed at all.
While we still maintain this isn't a ride (and them adding the tagline "Grand Finale of the Studio Tour" is a good step in the right direction of having expectations set correctly) this truly is the biggest/baddest finale the tour has ever had. Hopefully this is just the first step in the continued "plussing" of the studio tour.
We hope you enjoyed this look at the grand opening of Fast and Furious: Supercharged. The attraction officially opens today so be sure you head out to the park soon to check it out.
We'll have our normal Wizarding World/General Park update tomorrow.