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Spiderman vs. Transformers?

Universal Orlando: How do they compare to those who have gotten a chance to ride Transformers already?

From Shannon Nelson
Posted June 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM
Looking forward to my trip to UOR in early November, and was wondering what to expect from the new Transformers ride and how it compares to Spidey. Thanks.


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From Josh Pearson
Posted June 24, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Transformers is basically a faster-paced Spider-Man on a bigger scale with hyper-real visuals. Though many of its scene concepts are taken straight from Spidey, Transformers features non-stop vehicle motion (tilting/rumbling), bigger screens with bigger characters, a much faster pace, and an incredible sense of simulated speed (especially from the front row where you're lower to the ground).

While I feel that Transformers slightly outdoes Spidey, an argument could be made for Spidey's bigger focus on practical effects. For all of TF's positives, there's no practical effects on par with Spidey's fireball or lowering building prop. It should be noted that Transformers also lacks any full 360-degree spins. TF is too fast paced to waste time spinning around but it could be a negative if you really like those moments on Spidey.

Transformers and Spider-Man actually compliment each other extremely well. If you want nonstop fast-paced action that focuses on amazing screens, pick Transformers. If you want a ride that's a bit more methodical in its pacing with an increased focus on practical sets and effects, pick Spidey. TF is a bit more to my personal tastes but both rides are still amazing and neither really devalues the other. I've ridden Spidey numerous times after riding TF and still had a blast. If you like Spidey, you'll love Transformers.

From Dominick D
Posted June 25, 2013 at 5:47 AM
Josh just about said it. IMO it's the best ride Universal's ever created.

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted June 25, 2013 at 7:57 AM
The simulated speed in Transformers is an experience that you won't get with Spidey.

From Russell Meyer
Posted June 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM
To me, Transforers is a bit of sensory overload, much like most Michael Bay productions. However, the synchronicity of the ride vehicles to the effects and projections are very well done and the elevators are cleverly intigrated into the ride. 90% of guests probably have no idea they take 2 elevator rides in the attraction.

However, Spiderman's improved projections, integrated practical effects, and more universally known characters puts it slightly ahead for me. The anti-gravity sequence is one of the most well-done dark ride effects ever (up there with the Haunted Mansion's ballroom ghosts, Tower of Terror starfield/window effect, and the HPFJ Deamentor effect).

From Manny Barron
Posted June 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Wow the first post answered your question perfectly. Transformers is amazing, and yes better than Spider-Man, mostly because of the faster pace and beautifully synchronized ride movements.

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