Did Steven Spielberg say Transformers is coming to Universal Orlando?
Steven Spielberg spoke with the Orlando Sentinel's film critic over the weekend and insinuated that Transformers could be coming to Universal Orlando soon
“I always like to hear that people are still coming to the attractions we already have in the park. I know everybody’s going to Harry Potter right now. But we think Transformers is going to pretty amazing. We’ve been working on that for about three years now. It should be ready soon. I don’t have an announcement, yet, but it should be coming there soon,” Spielberg said.
Transformers under construction at Universal Studios Hollywood
At first read, I wondered if Spielberg could be conflating his Universal Studios theme parks. Universal's been developing Transformers rides at its Hollywood and Singapore theme parks for the past three years or so. There's been no word yet on an Orlando version of the simulator ride, nor has Universal Orlando teased any indication that word might be forthcoming.
But if Spielberg means what he said, and Transformers is coming to Orlando, where would it be?
It might be tempting to see this as a replacement for Spider-Man, given the similarities in their ride systems. But Spider-Man's getting an expensive new facelift next year. And the building profile for Transformers is very different than Spider-Man's. Transformers is a vertical attraction that needs a tall building, though its footprint is relatively smaller for such a major attraction.
Thematically, Transformers would not fit in any of the existing Islands of Adventure. So I'd be inclined to guess it would go into Universal Studios
HollywoodFlorida. My best guess? It'd go on the site of the Fear Factor stage.
I'm not entirely sure on if it would fit into the Superhero Island area of Islands of Adventure, but for me that's the best long-term place for it.
Uni obviously isn't phasing out Marvel, as evident from the Spider-man redo. People need to realize that.
It will probably go behind The Simpsons Ride where Jurassic Park was originally slated to be. It doesn't make sense for Islands of Adventure because A) there's nowhere for it to fit thematically and B) Universal Studios Florida needs a major new attraction more than they do.
I bet Twister will get the boot. IOA will get more Potter before they get anything else.
I have heard that universal is willing to negotiate with disney for the remaining rights to marvel and the transform (no pun intended) the whole island into a transformers playground. Letting Disney go ahead with the fifth Disney villians and Marvel charters park. Bring on the coasters!!!
My best guess is the site where they tore down the old hard rock restaurant. If it's big enough that is.
I have to agree with Zack. IOA is getting more Potter before anything else new, and if we're getting Transformers in Orlando, I'd imagine Twister would get the boot, 'cause it's just such a boring experience now.
Looking at the footprints for both the new Transformers building at USH and Twister at USF, it appears that the Twister building is a bit smaller than the Transformers building, though the height seems about right. Maybe Universal could fit it there. But I still think that the Fear Factor site gives them more space, and helps draw people deep into the park.
Universal Studios Orlando seems like the logical place for it. Why not take advantage of customers who would like to see both Transformers and Harry Potter? Transformers can fit anywhere. They do have the unused backlot area.
Universal Studios Orlando is about movies.
yeah if it comes it looks like studios. don't think islands will get more potter it's fine the way it is and jk rowling probably wouldn't allow it.
Spielberg's comment is ambiguous, but if it were to come to Orlando, Fear Factor would have the space needed.
Fear Factor is closed until December. Maybe they could build it there.
I was thinking fear Factor could go away too.... perfect place for it. Universal could use a ride like this instead of IOA. This way, both parks have a Spider-Man type immersion ride.
Now Robert, you wrote:"So I'd be inclined to guess it would go into Universal Studios Hollywood".....but Transformers is already going into Universal Studios Hollywood (I think you meant to write USF or Hollywood section of the park) but with it possibly coming to Universal Orlando Resort, yeah where do you put it?
NO! They can't put it in the Fear Factor Stage. We need the BIll & Ted show for Halloween Horror Nights!
Fixed the Hollywood/Florida brain-fade finger-fail.
Note to Robert: I mentioned this rumor to my wife and she immediately suggested 'Fear Factor.'
Let's put Transformers on hold for a bit... Why is Spidey getting a layover? Dudley and Jurassic Park are in much worse condition. Spiderman, conversely, still holds up.
Supposedly, Universal has greenlighted the demolition of the old Hard Rock. Robert has a point about that being a poor location with the kids area being next door, but I dont see the kids area as a major part of the park, so I can see Universal reworking that whole area around Transformers. I personally wouldn't mind seeing it replace Twister and giving New York the one-two punch of it and the Mummy. But why would Universal demolish HR after all these years, if true? Expansion of the kids area?
Lets try the end of the NYC set. Thinking the old "Ghost Busters" SHow area. Pretty much a dead end anyway. And it places it right between HRRR and Mummy.
Dudley got a huge makeover and paint job recently its fine
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