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Transformers and Manta

Universal Studios Hollywood: My thoughts on two of the newest rides in Southern California.

From Manny Barron
Posted June 13, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Recently I visited the SoCal area to finally be able to experience Transformers and Manta, along with a detour in Anaheim of course. I'll try to be succint and not write an essay on each but here are my thoughts on each:

Transformers- A little backstory on this. I have never been more excited for a ride than for Transformers. I mean I remember where I was when I first heard the announcement in 08 and got all happy about it, and for several years was eagerly anticipating any Transformers news, I even contemplated a trip to Singapore, but finally I got to try it. All I can say is it exceeded my lofty expectations. Wow! What a ride. Ride system is like Spidey over at IOA, but this ride is so much better(and Spider-Man rocks). The visual effects are jaw-dropping gorgeous and the physical sets are excellent as well. The ride movements are perfect. The queue is also fantastic. Seriously Universal hit a home run, won a dunk contest, and converted on a Hail Mary pass with this ride. Every second is literally filled with explosions and action. Transformers is my favorite ride on the planet, can't wait to visit it again.

Manta- This ride is pure fun. From the moment the ride starts in the impressive tunnel with beautiful projected images to the final helix this ride is absolutely fantastic. Whats more impressive is Sea World had to work around some strict standards and/or limitations placed on them by a coastal commission or the city of San Diego(I'm not sure). The ride is rather lengthy and the many twists and turns are well done. By far the best part of the ride is the aformentioned tunnel and launch into the biggest drop on the ride. Truly exhilarating. Though totally different coasters I actually prefer the San Diego Manta over the flying Orlando one. Great job Sea World.

I missed Radiator Springs Racers by a week, but I guess that just gives me an excuse to visit SoCal sometime later this year.


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