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Universal Orlando will add 'Fast & Furious' attraction to theme park

Universal Orlando will open a new ride based on the popular Fast & Furious movies, the theme park announced Wednesday.

Fast & Furious: Supercharged is slated to open some time in 2017, and the news comes as little surprise. The seventh film in the Furious franchise barreled into theaters this spring and made $1.5 billion at the box office worldwide. And Universal Studios Hollywood in California debuted a ride tied to the franchise in June.

Movie stars Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez were at the California event to break the bolt cutters (instead of cutting a ribbon) on the new ride, and Rodriguez let slip to reporters that Orlando was next. The ride is part of the studio tour at the California theme park.

Universal has been fast and furious in its building plans in recent years. In 2013, it opened Transformers: The Ride 3-D at Universal Studios. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley debuted at the park in 2014. Next year, Skull Island: Reign of Kong is scheduled to open at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

Universal is also building a 1,000-room hotel called Sapphire Falls and a water park that will be known as Volcano Bay that company planners say will push the limits of what water parks can do.

The Fast & Furious ride will be in the San Francisco area of the park, and the Disaster! attraction there will close as of Sept. 8.

This ride will have an original storyline and "some of the high-speed, supercharged cars you've seen on the big screen," a Universal news release said.

"You'll be immersed in the underground racing world made famous in the films and explore the headquarters of Toretto and his team. Then, you'll board specially-designed vehicles for an adrenaline-pumping ride with your favorite stars from the films."

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn

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