Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Debut of “Fast & Furious- Supercharged” Ride, “Nighttime Studio Tour” and “Springfield”

file_116925_0_ffsuperchargeThe spotlight shines brightly onUniversal Studios Hollywoodas the world-class destination celebrates a milestone 50thanniversary with the much-anticipated opening of theFast & FuriousSuperchargedthrill ride, Springfield, an-all new immersive experience surrounding The Simpsons Ride, and a Nighttime Studio Tour as part of the theme parks pioneering epic transformation.

This monumental undertakingthe most ambitious in the theme parks storied 50-year historywill radically alter and reimagine its familiar footprint as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. sets its sights on the next 50 years.

From its humble beginnings five decades ago, Universal Studios Hollywood has emerged as one of the most progressive and exciting theme park experiences anywhere, while remaining true to its roots of immersing guests in the awe-inspiring world of movie-making magic.

Since its inception, Universal Studios has lifted the veil on Hollywoods most illustrious industry, placing guests at the heart of favorite movies and television shows. It continues to be at the forefront of innovation, imagination and inspiration, working in collaboration with some of the most influential filmmakers in the business and the greatest minds in entertainmentSteven Spielberg, Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay and Chris Meledandrito create intriguing rides and attractions.

For 50 years, Universal Studios Hollywood has given guests unprecedented access to the worlds most alluring business by inviting them to peek behind the velvet curtain and become part of the exciting movie-making process, said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. We are reimagining over 75 percent of our destination as we build upon our incredible success and expand our vision for the future, and we look forward to entertaining and inspiring guests for generations to come with what will ultimately be an entirely new theme park experience.

The Glamour Trams of yesteryear that gave way to todays world-famous Studio Tour is undergoing a top to bottom makeover to coincide with the 50thanniversary, and by 2016, will roll out a fleet of new, contemporary trams, including the installation of ultra-comfy cushioned seats. A modern exterior and sleek logo design will contribute to the updated aesthetics of these iconic trams, while a new Art Deco-themed Studio Tour entry portal, located within the theme park, will greet guests.

Offered in multiple languages, including Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish and English and led by expert guides, the acclaimed Studio Tour remains a hallmark Universal Studios Hollywood attraction bringing millions of guests through an authentic movie and television studio and into its elusive world motivated by three compelling words: lights, camera, action.

The action, however, is only getting started.

This summer, high-octane excitement will race onto the scene when Universal Studios Hollywood introduces Fast & FuriousSupercharged, a pulse-pounding, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride as the new grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour.

This gripping, technologically-advanced ride, inspired by Universal Pictures most successful film franchise of all time and featuring the films original cast members, will propel guests into the high-stakes underground world of fast cars and daring escapades traveling at accelerated speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. Situated within a newly constructed 65,000 square foot building on the legendary backlot, the high speed, 3D-HD ride will reunite stars from theFast & FuriousseriesVin Diesel (Dominic Dom Toretto), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) and Luke Evans (Owen Shaw)in a revolutionary mega-attraction, conceived as a new installment to the dynamic film series that can only be experienced at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

The layout of the park will become unrecognizable when Springfield, hometown of Americas favorite family,The Simpsons, breathes new life to the sprawling and vibrant space surrounding The Simpsons Ride. Springfield is designed to capture the spirit of the animated town and engage visitors and fans of the show in the intensely absorbing and colorful world made famous throughout the series record-setting 26 seasons.

Guests visiting Springfield will have the pleasant sensation of being hurled through their television sets and into the accurately depicted town, complete with signature eateries such as Krusty Burger, Cletus Chicken Shack, Luigis Pizza and Phineas Q. Butterfats Ice Cream Parlor, along with Homers favorite hangouts, Lard Lad Donuts, Moes Tavern and Duff Brewery.

Universals slate of new 2015 attractions will entertain from sunup to sundown when the theme park broadens the scope of its popular Studio Tour with the introduction of a Nighttime Studio Tour, designed to enlighten guests on the art of moonlight movie-making.

Under a blanket of stars, over 20 locations along the famed Studio Tour route will showcase an array of luminous onset lighting and special effects used in nighttime production. Theatrical lighting will cast a glow on iconic backlot sets as Studio Tour guides shed light on Hollywood secrets and tricks of the worlds most glamorous trade, including how filmmakers create the effect of daylight amid the black of night. Celebrated stars who found fame on Universals backlot will also make cameo appearances on the Nighttime Studio Tour, including Marilyn Monroe, Norman Bates and Frankenstein. The Nighttime Studio Tour will run every weekend throughout the summer from July 4ththrough Labor Day.

The excitement that these new rides, attractions and themed immersive lands will bring to guests is only a prelude to the highly-anticipated arrival of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2016.

In the spirit of the popular social media trend, Throwback Thursdays (#TBT), Universal Studios HollywoodsFacebook,Twitter, andInstagramwill pay tribute to its legacy with a collection of nostalgic photos. Join the conversation and share Universal Studios Hollywood memories using #UniStudios50th and @UniStudios.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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