Universal Studios Hollywood To Add Fast & Furious Supercharged Ride

Hey Thrill Seekers,

One of the major advantages of our new brand Theme Park Tickets Direct is being able to write about other parks around the World. For todays post we don’t actually have to travel that far, its a simple trip to the west coast of America to visit Universal Studios Hollywood where hot on the official release of their Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction they confirmed the addition of a new attraction.

Fast & Furious Supercharged is being described as a 3D-HD thrill ride, based around the hugely popular movie franchise The Fast and the Furious, visitors will go undercover in to the underground world of street racing where their identity will be revealed which leads to a daring escape.


The attraction itself will be hydraulic motion-based and will include special effects, state-of-the-art 3D audio system, and 3D imagery projected onto a 400 foot long 360-degree screen which will encircle Studio Tour guests in a newly-constructed 50,000-square-foot structure on the backlot. The screen will feature 18 4K projectors.

Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative said;

We’ve embarked on a new medium of immersive entertainment that brings to life the characters, hyper-realistic action adventure and custom-made effects to transport guests into the exciting world of Fast & Furious,

Our collaboration with Universal Pictures to bring this franchise to life through epic storytelling and technological breakthroughs continues to be a hallmark of Universal Studios Hollywood.

The new attraction isn’t a stand alone ride but rather an addition to the backlot tram tour. The main draw of this ride apart from the link to the movie franchise is the final sequences which are said to involve a street race where guests will feel like they are hitting speeds of 120mph!

Here at Theme Park Tickets Direct we’re currently in talks to add Universal Studios Hollywood to our portfolio of tickets. Once we’ve completed these negotiations we’ll let you know 🙂

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Transformers: The Ride 3-D – Video

An Impressive Next Generation Thrill Ride now open at Universal Studios California!

Blurring the line between fiction and reality. Fusing HD 3D media and flight simulation technology, this epic ride creates an experience unlike anything else!

Based on the popular movie franchise (Transformers) and created by the team that developed Universal Orlando’s Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man comes the next generation in that motion-base, 3D ride technology. The mind-blowing new Transformers adventure puts you in the middle of the ultimate war zone.

Transformers: The Ride 3D which opened on the 24th May, transports the rider middle into the middle of an all out, no holds barred battle between the AutoBots (the good dudes) and the Decepticons (the bad dudes) You’ll Fight alongside Optimus Prime as you ride in EVAC, an Autobot who doubles as your vehicle. Together, you’re charged with taking the Allspark shard to safety during a Decepticon attack. However things don’t go according to plan and you end up in an awesome battle.

The ride combines impressive 3D imagery with full scale hi-tech sets to offer an amazing thrill ride. The attraction is based on Michael Bay’s Transformers films. The great thing about this ride is that you don’t need to be a fan of Transformers or even know what a transformer is to be able to enjoy it. While boarding the whole story will be explained to ensure you are up to speed.

To give you a little taste of what’s in store please see the following advert



Now for the nerdy bit…

Ride Stats

Located: Universal Studios Hollywood
Area: Lower Lot
Cost: US$100 million
Opening date: 24 May 2012
Replaced: Backdraft
Attraction Type: 3-D Special Effects Ride
Designer: Universal Creative Industrial Light & Magic
Theme: Transformers
Riders per vehicle: 12
Rows: 3
Riders per row: 4
Duration: 4:30
Height restriction: 102 cm (3 ft 4 in)


If anyone out there has ridden the new Transformers ride please get in touch and share the experience,




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Universal Studios Confirms Wizarding World Of Harry Potter For Los Angeles

So we all knew it was going to happen, but yesterday Universal Studios confirmed that the next Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open in Los Angeles at Universal Hollywood.

No actual opening date was touted but insiders believe 2015 is a realistic time scale.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter will mirror the Orlando version and will include the flagship ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey dark ride, and will be housed in a large-scale recreation of Hogwarts Castle. At present its has not been confirmed if other parts of the Florida version , such as its Hogsmeade Village and Olivanders, will be included.

Where the Wizarding World will be situated within Universal Studios Hollywood is also yet to be confirmed. The company will need to find room for the new land on the site, either by removing existing attractions or by expanding into the studio’s backlot area.

Harry Potter’s creator J.K. Rowling, who has  final approval of the designs for the new land and anything Potter related, said of the deal:

“I am delighted that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been so popular with fans since the opening in Orlando last year and I am sure that the teams at Universal and Warner Bros. will bring their expertise and attention to detail to Hollywood to make this new experience equally as exciting.”

Ron Meyer, Universal Studios’ President, said:

“This is an incredible moment for Universal Studios and the millions of guests who visit our theme parks. The Harry Potter stories are some of the most powerful of our time and we are honored to expand our Orlando experience and bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Hollywood, forever changing family tourism in Los Angeles.”

For more information on visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter visit Orlando Attraction Tickets

Universal Studios Hollywood lays out 20-year plan for future theme park attractions

A long-term plan for Universal Studios Hollywood envisions adding seven new theme park attractions over the next two decades while removing or relocating several studio backlot tour favorites, including the “Jaws” lake, the “War of the Worlds” disaster scene and the famed “Psycho” house and Bates Motel.

The $3 billion NBC Universal Evolution Plan lays out a proposed blueprint for the 391-acre Universal City property in the San Fernando Valley, including new movie studio production facilities, CityWalk retail space and a residential neighborhood.

Additionally, the plan calls for 146,000 square feet of new attractions at the movie and television theme park. Inside the park, the 20-year plan also calls for three current attractions to be replaced: the “Terminator 2: 3D” special effects show, the “WaterWorld” stunt show and former “Fear Factor Live” theatre.

Both the “T2” and “WaterWorld” shows, based on 1990s movies, have long been candidates for replacement. The former “Fear Factor” stage, which currently houses the relocated “Special Effects Stage,” has played host to a number of theatrical duds over the years, including “Spider-Man Rocks” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon: The Musical.”

The theme park plan also calls for the eventual removal of the Flintstones carnival midway games. No replacements for any of the theme park attractions have been announced. The “King Kong 360 3-D” drive-through movie, which made its debut this summer, and the Transformers special effects dark ride, scheduled to open in 2012, are not part of the growth plan.

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