Joshua Counsil

Published: December 2, 2011 at 12:16 AM

Imagine if you could cram all the action of a Transformers movie into one five-minute, 3-D package.

Now imagine if you could cram all the Percocets, ibuprofen, and aspirin in your bathroom cabinet into one blended, three-ounce tablet. That's what you'd need to handle it.

David Brown

Published: December 2, 2011 at 3:35 AM

It's interesting - all the reviews I have read about this ride are extremely positive and yet I find myself thinking 'is that it?'... It's not exciting me at all.

It's over 10 years since Spiderman debuted in Orlando and technology has moved on a whole heap in that time. Whilst we knew that Transformers was going to use the same ride system as Spiderman I kind of expected the same level of design creativity as was put into Harry Potter. It would take that ride and lift it to a whole new level with additional twists. Instead what we seem to have is Spiderman but a bit more frenetic. Hell it even seems to include a free-fall sequence. Where's the imagination? Where's the 'thinking outside of the box' that Universal have shown so magnificently in HP?
No wonder there are no plans to bring Transformers to Orlando - it appears that it would add very little new to the park and that's a shame.

I think this is a missed opportunity and am rather disappointed at what I'm hearing, despite the praise...

Tell me why I'm wrong Robert or is everybody putting a brave face on this?

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: December 2, 2011 at 3:59 AM

I just finished a one-on-one interview with Thierry Coup, and he has some very interesting things to say about the technology of this ride. (I'll start transcribing the interview tonight, but it might be next week before I get it posted.)

That said, though, sure, I'd love to see something that took attraction design in a fresh new direction, rather than improving upon the Spider-Man platform. But this ride is great fun, and ultimately I think you've got to give a ride props if you really enjoy it. Which I did.

James Rao
Writer

Published: December 2, 2011 at 4:28 AM

Sounds amazing! I hope to be able to ride it next year when I visit the SoCal area.

Robert, any idea on the similarities or differences between the Singapore version and the upcoming Hollywood version?

Keep 'em coming!

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: December 2, 2011 at 6:12 AM

They'll be identical. The exteriors and queue layouts will differ a bit, given their settings within their parks, but Coup said that the ride layouts and experiences are identical.
James Rao
Writer

Published: December 2, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Glad to hear that! Thanks for the info, Robert!
Brian Emery

Published: December 2, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Sound Great- Thx Robert…
On another Note – I hope all is well back in Pasadena..

Those high winds look scary..

Eric Malone

Published: December 2, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Kinda hope that this comes to Orlando at some point, 'cause I'm sure not going to Hollywood or Singapore anytime in the immediate (decades) future.
Dominick D

Published: December 2, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Robert, why do you always have interviews RIGHT BEFORE Universal announces something? When you finished, Jaws closing got announced.
Joe Atchison III

Published: December 2, 2011 at 11:50 AM

I'm wondering if Jaws closing opens up the possibility for Transformers in Orlando.
Daniel Etcheberry
Writer

Published: December 2, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Robert,

Are there elevators in the ride? According to Wikipedia, the ride vehicles get into elevators.

Ricardo K

Published: December 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Looking awesome!! Wishing I had vacation time and $$$ to go to Singapore tonight!!! Can't wait to be able to ride this in California! And if they decide to have one in Orlando, even better!!
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: December 2, 2011 at 12:48 PM

There is a transition where you move up to the second floor of the ride, then back down again, but it's so seamless, it's really hard to tell where that happens.

Coup said no Transformers in Orlando. Too similar to Spider-Man. He waffled with the same never-say-never disclaimer people always give you about this sort of thing, but seemed pretty clear to me.

He also shot down the Harry Potter in Singapore claim, saying that there were "no plans" to bring the Wizarding World to Singapore.

Aaron McMahon

Published: December 2, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Are there a lot of detailed physical sets and props during the actual ride like Spidey and Potter or is it mostly generic facades in between the giant 3D screens? I've heard that it's mostly gonna be the latter.
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: December 2, 2011 at 8:15 PM

I thought that the physical detail in the ride was similar to on Spider-Man. And there's a very impressive physical Megatron at the end. (Look up!)
Manny Barron

Published: December 2, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Sounds amazing. Thanks for the report, I can't wait till this experience comes to Hollywood. I've been excited for this since the day it was announced. Any update of the opening of Transformers at USH other than Spring 2012. A specific month maybe?
José María Sandoval

Published: December 3, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Great review!!
119.56.114.176

Published: December 5, 2011 at 8:02 AM

Hey dood nice review! rode the ride today and it was amazing!
Totally worth the trip to USS.
Oh and its 1000x better than the Transformers movies.
Defintely one of the best dark rides in the world. I'd give it a 10/10.
Muhammad Akmal Bin Salim

Published: December 5, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Rode the ride today and it was amazing!
Totally worth the trip to USS.
Defintely one of the best dark rides in the world. I'd give it a 10/10.
Going again December 12 and i might submit some photos too.