Transformers should open at Universal Orlando, too!Universal Orlando: There are two spots where this ride could be built.
From Daniel EtcheberryEither change Spider-Man for Transformers and change Marvel land to sci-fi land, or change Terminator for Transformers.
Posted August 10, 2011 at 1:11 PM
I still love Spider-Man, so I prefer option 2.
Now that Universal can't add a new Marvel ride, option 1 opens the possibility of adding something new on the long run. So this option is also good, but with the new HD screens at Spider-Man, it won't happen anytime soon.
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From Alan HiscuttCant see them getting rid of Disaster any time soon, not with the (fairly) recent revamping. That 3D, Holo thing they have going on probbly cost a bomb and they wont bin it just it. Terminator doesnt have the space for a Transformers ride but I dont expect it to be there much longer. IF something happens with Transformers at Orlando I would be expecting it to go where Fear factor is or maybe the Animal show and move into Barney and take up that whole space. Fits well there. Right near MIB with ET not too far away, both which fit the space/future theme nicely, yea, Animal Actors/Barney. Thats my money.
Posted August 10, 2011 at 7:27 PM
From Anthony JI like the idea of the parks having their own unique signature attractions, so if you ask me, I don't mind making the trip out to Hollywood. But after I ride it, I might eat my words.
Posted August 10, 2011 at 8:22 PM
From steve leeWhat about the space between Men in Black and The Simpsons? Assuming they own the land all the way back to Hollywood Way, they seem to have a nice chunk of space there.
Posted August 10, 2011 at 9:01 PM
From Hermione PotterThere is no space between MIB and Simpsons...it's all back of house stuff and the road surrounding the whole resort area until you hit the apartments. The only removable stuff there would be the two horror night tents but that's such a huge event it will never happen.
Posted August 10, 2011 at 10:50 PM
From Manny BarronI agree in that each park should have their own signature attractions. Transformers, Studio Tour(with the excellent King Kong 360:3-D), and WaterWorld on the west coast, and Hollywood RRR,Men in Black, and most of IOA(with the exception of Jurassic Park) exclusive to Orlando.
Posted August 11, 2011 at 9:15 AM
From steve leeI've never seen the Hoor Makeup show at Universal. Usually you have to go to Citiwalk for that.
Posted August 11, 2011 at 10:47 AM
This joke will immediately self-destruct if Dominick edits his post.
From Ashleigh NoadI agree with the posters above who said that each park should have it's own signature attractions. By the sounds of things, Transformers will be using similar technology to Spiderman and if Transformers was an addition to Universal Orlando and not a replacement for Spidey, there would be two very similar rides.
Posted August 11, 2011 at 11:35 AM
From Tim HillmanUniversal should spend oodles of money to replace IOA's (pre-Potter) signature attraction with a Transformers ride, and get a net gain of zero new rides?
Posted August 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM
People would never want to ride the Transformers ride if it were put in Universal Studios Orlando because the ride system is too much like Spiderman?
They can't put a Transformers ride between MIB and the Simpsons Ride because they would have to move two tents used for a month-long event?
They can't put a Transformers ride between MIB and the Simpsons ride because there is no room? (Somebody better tell that to the parking lot and the open field next to MIB.)
They shouldn't put a Transformers ride in USO because each of the parks should have their own signature attractions?
Please don't tell me that you all really believe this.
Universal will do what is best for the bottom line. Everything else is just a minor consideration.
From Bob LiebeI get the point about each park having it's own signature rides to seperate one from the other, but I would be a big fan of having Transormers come to Orlando. I think it should go somewhere on the Studios side since the Wizarding World is still very new at IOA. Transformers could bring some new life to the studios side to help even out the guest ratio a bit. I know that there was an issue about available space for the ride, but the designers ran into the same problem in Hollywood and Singapore. They solved the problem by building up, so maybe they could find enough space for it in Orlando. There was supposed to be some big things planned in 2012, so who knows!?
Posted August 20, 2011 at 12:08 AM
From Giovanny CruzAll the almighty place they should replacet and put a transformers land
Posted September 10, 2011 at 9:17 PM
From N BI wouldn't mnd seeing Fear Factor go away... is that show even on anymore?
Posted September 10, 2011 at 10:37 PM
From Giovanny CruzThere is no space for a transformers dark ride in fear factor
Posted September 11, 2011 at 8:09 AM
From Anthony MurphyI would think Spiderman might make the exit because of the Disney owning Marvel thing....
Posted September 11, 2011 at 8:18 AM
I actually think its better for both parks: Universal can put in new rides and Disney can finally admit they own Marvel
From Nick Markham^Universal is not stuck in a contract. As soon as the years are up, Disney will most likely cut the contract and Universal will HAVE TO retheme Marvel Superhero Island. The contract is not with Disney, it was made with Marvel. If Disney keeps Universal on, there can be no Marvel rides in Disney parks if Universal has Marvel.
Posted September 11, 2011 at 10:57 AM
From Andy MilitoKeeping Spider-Man and Hulk forever seems kind of sketchy to me. I'm gonna do some research...
Posted September 11, 2011 at 2:47 PM
From steve leeNick, back when Disney bought Marvel the story going around was that Universal has the rights to those characters in perpetuity. If that is the case (and it was reported all over the place), Disney has no leverage over Universal as far as making them get rid of MSHI. Now, if Universal does something that goes against the contract (removing or changing a single attraction), it's possible Disney's legal team may pounce. So the onus is on Universal at this point. The only way Disney can force them out of the Marvel business is by throwing huge piles of money at them (much like Marvel Studios had to buy back their own characters from Paramount and Universal so they could distribute Iron Man 2 and Incredible Hulk - I'm sure they wish they could have gotten X-Men and Spiderman back as well).
Posted September 12, 2011 at 5:47 AM
Considering the tactical advantage Universal has here, I think they'll keep MSHI for as long as they can. Doesn't make any sense to hand your rivals a whole new property.
From Andy Militolol Dom, I saw that on the Simpsons when I rode it on saturday :P
Posted September 12, 2011 at 1:53 PM
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