FAST & THE FURIOUS: THE RIDE!

David Reddish
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Vin Diesel, Jason Stathem, Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez were all on hand Thursday morning for the debut of the new Fast & Furious ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.  The ride, part of the famed Studio Tour, plunges tourists into a 120 mph car race using state of the art 360-degree screens.

The Fast and the Furious series has consisted of seven films, each a box-office hit.  The most recent film sparked controversy after the death of series star Paul Walker, who died in a car accident during filming.  Another entry in the franchise is due in 2017.

The addition to the Universal Studios Theme Park in Hollywood marks a large ongoing expansion as the former studio converts to a full-time office headquarters and theme park.  Recent additions include Springfield, USA, a themed area based on “The Simpsons,” Transformers: The Ride and Despicable MeMinion Mayhem.  A clone of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the wildly successful themed land in the Universal Florida park, Islands of Adventure,  is scheduled to open in 2016.