2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Universal Studios Hollywood's Terminator 2: 3D
Published: March 4, 2010 at 11:57 AM
Subtitled, "Battle Across Time," T2:3D is a production of director James Cameron's studio, Lightstorm Entertainment. Cameron, the director of "Avatar" and "Titantic," as well as the Terminator films, co-wrote and co-directed this attraction, which the New York Times called the most expensive film every made on a cost per-minute basis when it debuted at Universal Studios Florida in 1996.
Terminator stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick reprise their roles in the film, which arrived at Universal Studios Hollywood in 1999. (It also plays at Universal Studios in Japan, but isn't on the line-up in Singapore.)
First released between the theatrical films T2: Judgment Day and T3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator 2: 3D plays in two parts. You're on a tour of Cyberdyne Systems, where the company's PR director introduces a promotional video in the pre-show's "reception area." But Sarah and John Connor interrupt, to let you know that they're, well, about to blow up the building so maybe you'd better high-tail it out of there.
The Cyberdyne flack pooh-poohs the disruption and ushers you into the theater for the main show, presented in 3D. Needless to say, a series of increasingly complex Terminators show up, the Connors attack and lots of stuff gets blown up.
The attraction blurs the line between movie and live show, with its limited use of live actors. But the bulk of the narrative, as well as the effects and thrills, come from the movie, so that's why you'll find Terminator 2: 3D in this category. Each version of the show is the same, but the Hollywood version earned a higher reader rating on the site, earning it the bid. (Personally, I think Hollywood has a cooler-looking building exterior.)
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