Transformers soft-opens in Orlando; Simpsons next, this weekend
Written by Robert Niles
Transformers: The Ride 3D soft-opened to park visitors at Universal Studios Florida, in Orlando, for the first time last night. A Theme Park Insider reader who got on the ride right after it opened emailed his observations:
The Orlando version is similar to the Hollywood version. If my eyes did not deceive me, this version also uses an elevator system similar to the one California's version uses. I believe that the lift occurs in the 3rd room where you first encounter Optimus Prime. Top notch graphics, incredibly realistic. Everyone that I observed coming off the ride seemed impressed. I'm just impressed that they built such a great ride in about a one year's time.
The Orlando Transformers building
To confirm, the Orlando version of the ride uses the same ride system and layout, down to the same blueprints, as the first two Transformers rides, in Singapore and Hollywood. Since Universal had built this identical ride twice before in the past few years, that certainly helped speed the construction cycle in Orlando, where Universal went from project green light to completed ride in just about one year. But let's not discount that accomplishment -- that development schedule for an attraction of this magnitude is just insane in today's business. Universal threw big coin at making this happen -- fast -- and now its visitors will get to enjoy the result this summer.
If you're looking for more detail about the ride, Universal Creative ride designer Thierry Coup first talked abut Transformers in-depth with us in Singapore in December 2011. (Warning about that link if you haven't ridden: Spoilers abound!) In addition, we reviewed the Transformers ride when it first opened in Singapore, too.
Transformers Orlando opens officially on June 20, and we're planning to have someone there to cover the festivities in the park that morning. In the meantime, though, Transformers isn't the only soft-opening happening this weekend at Universal Studios Florida.
Universal team members have been telling park visitors that the Simpsons-themed restaurants in the park's new Springfield land will open this weekend, as well. So if you are in the park this weekend and get your hands on a Krusty Burger, Duff Beer, or other Simpsons-themed food or drink, please submit a comment below, or drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) describing it. Your fellow readers thank you for the report.
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