Universal Studios Hollywood is adding a collection of rides and themed areas, including a thrill ride based on “The Fast and the Furious” film series.
The additions will lead up to the theme park’s 2016 opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which will be a fraternal twin of the original, which debuted at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure in 2010.
Some of the California park’s plans already exist in Orlando. A Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction, which opened in Florida in 2012, lands in Universal Studios Hollywood on Saturday. The new ride will be surrounded by Super Silly Fun Land, featuring Miss Hattie’s Home for Girls and Gru’s neighborhood from the animated-film series.
Next spring, Hollywood’s Simpsons Ride will be supplemented by a re-creation of the town of Springfield, much like what was introduced last year in Orlando.
“This is a pivotal time in the history of Universal Studios Hollywood as we build upon our extraordinary success and expand our vision for the future of our world-class destination,” said Larry Kurzeil, president of Universal Studios Hollywood.
Fast & Furious -- Supercharged will be a new attraction that will serve as the finale of the park's Studio Tour. It will be a 3-D, hydraulic-motion ride and a 360-degree screen that's almost 400 feet long in a new 50,000-square foot building.
The ride's story will revolve around the underground world of fast cars and serve as an independent installment of the film series. "Fast & Furious 7" is scheduled to be in theaters next year. Fast & Furious -- Supercharged is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015.
No announcements were made regarding attractions at Universal Orlando. A spokesman said the company would not discuss future plans at this time.
"We are focused entirely on bringing The Wizarding of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley to life for our guests and on continuing to make the Cabana Bay Beach Resort great for our guests," said spokesman Tom Schroder.
Diagon Alley is scheduled to premiere in Orlando sometime this summer. The first phase of Cabana Bay, Universal Orlando's fourth on-site hotel, opened to guests this month.