Transformers ride opens at Universal Orlando, continues years of improvements

Posted Thursday, June 20, 2013 9:11 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Walt Disney Co. spent more than $1 billion in recent years rebuilding an underperforming theme park in Southern California. Now, though with far less fanfare, Comcast Corp. is doing something very similar in Central Florida. And it reaches its next major milestone today, when Transformers: The Ride — 3D formally opens in Universal Studios Florida, part of Comcast's Universal Orlando resort.

Read more from The Sun-Sentinel.

Monday, June 24, 2013 6:26 PM
rollergator's avatar

I understand they are different rides, but I'm siding with those who say it's "basically Spiderman." Remember, I said the same about DarKastle...

Theming aside, the ride *experience* is pretty much the same...even the existence of elevators (when I get back to experience them) won't change my opinion on that.

To be completely fair, in my simplistic view of the mechanicals, Potter *is* at its core a completely souped-up extended version of the Kuka RoboCoasters I'd ridden previously.

Monday, June 24, 2013 6:33 PM

I think the concealment of the elevators is one of the great creative 'misses' of this ride. Having 'levels' always adds an element of interest to a ride, think of Haunted Mansion if it were all on one level. To have the presence of multiple levels and to hide it is a missed opportunity. Heck, they could've even done a Verbolten style drop on the elevator back down.

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Monday, June 24, 2013 9:43 PM

rollergator said:

I understand they are different rides, but I'm siding with those who say it's "basically Spiderman."

Thank you for articulating what I was trying to say... its not that it is a bad ride, its just the same ride.

Monday, June 24, 2013 11:17 PM
LostKause's avatar

Now that you all put it that way, it does seem strange that the park make another ride of the same kind. It really is basically Spiderman, except with a different license.

The ride has a lot of the same effects as Spiderman, like a fireball, a character jumping on the hood of the ride vehicle, and a simulated fall.

I always look at IOA and Universal being one big park, and not two different parks. These rides are so similar that it seems strange to me, now that I think about it.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:04 AM
blasterboy6500's avatar

So I guess I'm in the minority here when I say that the last movie was my favorite. Just because I enjoy seeing Optimus go rage on some deceptions.

Is the ride's video itself going to differ a lot from the original in terms of the story and such?

You don't need a parachute to jump out of an airplane. You need one to do it again.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:25 AM
rollergator's avatar

I feel old. Really old. Like, where's my AARP card old...


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