2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Universal Studios Hollywood's Terminator 2: 3D
Theme Park Insider readers have voted Universal Studios Hollywood's Terminator 2: 3D
as the third seed in the Best Movie or Animated Show bracket of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
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.)
What do you think of Terminator 2: 3D? Please share your thoughts, in the comments.
Its good, if not even.......SUPER!
I loved this show... until Schwarzenegger got elected governor, leaving me now unable to watch it without thinking of a crappy governor instead of The Terminator.
I really enjoy this show, including the satirical pre-show, but Mickey's PhilharMagic owns this category. Gotta love the T-1,000,000, though. The 3D effects still stand the test of time.
I think I can predict the seeds number 1 and 2!
I think this is the show that really made me want to be a theme park actor-- the PR lady at the show's beginning is just soooooooo stereotypical PR (smiley, negative-ignorant, sing-songy, annoying, robotlike) that I really wanted to do her job.
Gotta agree about the actors playing the PR role. As is typical with Universal theme parks, the actors consistently are excellent. So much so that I thought for a few moments about moving this into the live show category. But then I came to my senses and realized that as good as the actors are, the movie just blows away everything else.
We have a winner!! This is the best attraction in this category hands down. I mean PhilharMagic is wonderful but T2:3-D has it all. The actors from the original movie all reprise their roles which is great and the action is top notch. It's like being immersed in a blockbuster film. Everything from the pre show to the ending is just so well done.
Still blows me away. When all the effects are working, this is
I'm shocked, SHOCKED, I say, that Robert didn't introduce this darned good show by writing: "You're ushered into the lobby of CyberDyne Systems, you see an amazing prediction of future technologies, and then, say it with me now... something goes terribly wrong!"
Mostly 'cause something doesn't really go 'wrong', per say. The T-models that are being displayed don't mess up, we know Sarah and John are liable to show up.. if anything, something goes horribly right. ;)
Perhaps if I had seen the movies (sorry, but I don't get out much) I would have enjoyed it more. I found it entertaining, but I honestly doubt I would go back to see it unless I was with someone who hadn't seen it before. It was well done, but the best? Not IMHO.
Don't let it get you down, Robert. It's not like California was running all that smoothly before Schwarzenegger got involved. Just try to remember him when he was just a bad actor and forget about the bad politics.
I must have seen this show at least ten times over the years and it's still a favourite.
I have not been to USH for a couple of months but when I do go, Terminator is my favorite attraction, bar none! Last summer I went and was horrified at the sight of an extremely stained center screen and very ragged edges around the usually invisible, in-screen, "portal" doors. I wrote a detailed and respectful letter to USH indicating that the screen's condition and the doors obviousness severely distracted from the attractions ability to immerse the audience seamlessly into this attractions plotline. The screen lookid like someone had sprayed grape juice over about 1/4 of the screens surface. Really awful. I received a letter back saying that they would look into it. I returned last November and it was worse than before! The doors now just flapped and the center screen had warp/wrinkles in addition to the stains, which were now worse. Maybe the staining is a residual of the fog effects, but I don't know for sure. The two supporting screens looked beautiful though. I have not been back since then and hope the problem has, by now, been corrected. I love this attraction and am still riding the high I felt when I first saw it in person. This attraction ROCKS! At least when it's properly maintained.
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