Transformers: The Ride 3D opens officially at Universal Studios Florida
After several weeks of soft openings and what might have been the fastest construction schedule in modern theme park history,
Transformers: The Ride 3D
opened officially at
Universal Studios Florida
VIDEO Photo and video courtesy Universal Orlando
Based on early reviews from Theme Park Insider readers, expect this third version of Universal's Transformers ride to be every bit as popular as its older siblings in Singapore and Hollywood, which together won last year's
Theme Park Insider Award as the world's Best New Theme Park Attraction. Here's one reader's review: Spider-Man on crack. Bigger, faster, more intense. Nonstop vehicle motion and an incredible sense of simulated speed. Larger-than-life screens with vivid and clear projections. Eye-popping 3D. An fantastic experience and a new standard for themed attractions.
If you haven't been following Theme Park Insider for long, we've been covering Transformers from the start, and we were the only U.S.-based news outlet to cover the ride's initial debut in Singapore, in December 2011. Take a look at some of our in-depth coverage of Transformers: The Ride.
I rode it in softs a couple of weeks ago, and it's worth the wait.
I rode it twice during their technical rehearsals, and it was awesome. There is a ton of action, great visuals, and even a few surprises that I wasn't expecting. It is similar to Spiderman, which I am a huge fan of, and even has a lot of the same sounds (e.g. the tires squealing), but it is definitely a lot better. My top four favorite rides, in order, are now: Harry Potter Forbidden Journey, The Mummy, Transformers 3D, Spiderman 3D
I'm not even a fan of the movies, but this ride is tons of fun. Personally, I think the ending is a let down, but that's just my opinion as it's not a huge climax. But everything leading up to it is phenomenal! Without spoiling anything, my favorite part deals with a missile explosion.
Does anyone think this opens the possibility of Disney and Universal coming to an agreement over Marvel? I'm not saying its going to happen, but now that Uni has a ride similar to and better than the highly praised Spider-Man it seems the door is slightly cracked open... How many suitcases of cash can fit through that door? :)
Universal's Studios' CEO, in his comments this morning, said that Disney fan bois need to forget it, there's no way Universal is ever going to give Marvel Island up. ....Orlando Attractions Mag has video of the opening ceremony air and land battle. It's awesome. Fighter jets, helicopters and land based military vehicles. Just a great opening ceremony. And Roker's interview with the autobots on NBC Today was priceless.
Coming to an agreement? You have to first start a discussion to come to an agreement and I can pretty much vouch that no serious discussion has taken place!
34 days from UOR.... Can't wait to ride this. We may skip our "Straight to MIB" family battle as soon as we toss our luggage in the room to hit Transformers first...
I talked about the whole
Looking forward to riding this in Singapore come January.
Aw man, my review had to be quoted. Had a slight typo lol.
Who says that Disney has even offered anything? There is nothing credible to suggest that an offer was even on the table.
There's no evidence that Disney isn't seeking the rights to use the Marvel property in their Florida parks either. It appears on the surface that there is no ongoing aggressive talks taking place, but I would imagine it is safe to assume that Disney attorneys have gone over the Universal/Marvel contract with a fine tooth comb looking for any loophole to recover rights to use Marvel characters in Florida. Especially as the purchase was in negotiations and then yet again once it was finalized. Once you can't do it in the courts, you go through the pocket book. I'm sure Disney threw out a number which was probably nowhere near worth it for Universal to part with their exclusivity of the I.P. shortly after the Marvel deal was finalized. It wouldn't make any sense business wise not to make that offer. As it is right now, the Disney/Marvel/Universal issue is probably a back burner priority at the Mouse House, but don't kid yourself thinking Mickey isn't looking to have Tony Stark over for dinner as soon as he can.
I like Marvel right where it is in Florida. Nothing like getting a taste of Disney during my Universal visits! ;)
One heck of an opening ceremony! Good going, Universal!
On the subject of Disney + Marvel (I know the subject at hand is the Transformers ride, which I cannot wait to ride):
I'm sure Disney is going to try to get Marvel for it's Orlando parks. Look at trough how much effort they went to get Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Ending up putting him in 2 bad selling games, some t-shirts and some silly hats.
It's been an amazing few years for theme park fans in Florida. Transformers at Universal Studios along with everything else they have done and have in the works really is fantastic for all us Theme Park Fans.
If Disney is pursuing the themepark rights, they should stop. Especially now that they have SW. And given the glacial pace of development at Disney (certainly compared to Uni), it would take a decade for anything to develop.
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