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Re: Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby ernierocker » Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:23 pm

Sounds like a great addition for the west coast! But as it sounds like it is Spiderman West, I don't see the need to rush out there anytime soon to ride it.
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Re: Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby larrygator » Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:26 pm

ernierocker wrote:Sounds like a great edition for the west coast! But as it sounds like it is Spiderman West, I don't see the need to rush out there anytime soon to ride it.


Agreed. but while I won't rush to California just for Transformers, I will cause me to add USO to my itinerary when I am in LA.
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Re: Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby Wes » Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:38 pm

Still feel bad for Ron Howard.

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Re: Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby cfc » Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:43 pm

^At least you can still experience "Backo-Drafto" at Universal in Japan.

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Re: Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby Meteornotes » Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:00 pm

Wes wrote:Still feel bad for Ron Howard.


Yes, he will be missed.

I love Spiderman, so I look forward to riding this. But at the same time, since it's so much like Spiderman, it's not going to get me to jump on a plane any time soon just to ride it. It will have to wait until I'm back in CA for some odd reason.

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Re: Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby wrs28330 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:29 pm

Theme Park Review was invited to attend a sneak peak at the new Transformers: The Ride 3-D. "Technical Rehearsals" for the attraction started this past week, and the reviews have been positive. The ride will officially open to the public on May 25th, so chances are good that soft openings will take place almost daily to put the ride through its paces and to train the new crew.

Personally, I think Universal Studios Hollywood did a great job with this ride! I was most impressed with the use of the space of the show building. The ride layout consists of a lower and an upper track area, maximizing the space and allowing for a 3.5 minute ride cycle.

Echoing others, the interior queue is very well themed and most importantly a way to beat the So. Cal. heat.

Because most of us already know the plot points and other specifics of the ride, we will just get right to the photos!

Thank you to Universal Studios Hollywood for allowing Theme Park Review to attend the sneak peak for Tranformers: The Ride 3-D. We wish you a great summer season! (Don't forget to purchase a "Gate A" pass on weekends and most of the summer days, as it will cut down a HUGE part of the wait for the more popular attractions. They are worth the extra money!)
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Welcome to Universal Studios Hollywood! The home of the soon to open Transformers: The Ride 3-D!
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Today's report is brought to you by "The Serious Face"; a subsidiary of "The Manly Pose".
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As of 10:15am.
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We see you...!
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Getting closer!
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Ta-daaaaa!
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"My name is David, and I claim this land in the name of the Autobots, and The Serious Face!"
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"Welcome recruits. Check out my super-cereal Serious Face!"
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Which way do you go? The regular entrance....
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...or Gate-A, or Single Rider? The options are limitless! Or, well, there are three options so choose wisely.
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Let's try the regular entrance first.
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Plenty of interior queue space with buttons! Lots and lots of buttons!!!!
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PUSH THE BUTTONS!!!
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You can even push the globe! But nothing will happen...or will it?!? (Serious face)
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Poll time! Which is cooler: The itty-bitty AllSpark or Frank's Gate A Pass!
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The queue videos even tell you to wolf down your churros.
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You ain't cool unless you wear 3-D glasses.
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This dude looks familiar.
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This ride is so technologically advanced, that it features invisible 3-D glasses! An industry first!
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The loading station accomidates two cars at a time. 3 rows per car, 4 riders per row.
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Door open.
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Door closed. In the ride, guests ride in Evac, an Autobot. I wonder if the crew gets confused if they are told to "Evac the ride".
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You can tell this sign has a Serious Face too.
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The return to civilization.
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...otherwise known as a gift shop. Although, it doesn't dump RIGHT into the gift shop so we won't use the Serious Face for this!
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"My name is Jenny, and I am still working on my Serious Face. But I will totally strike a Serious Pose for you!
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Now lets try the Gate A path! More buttons, but you won't get to push them because there won't be a line!
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With only a few long corridors, the Gate A line is about 1/3 the size of the regular line.
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No buttons to push here, because there is no time!
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Station view from the Gate A path.
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And finally, Frank gives the Single Rider Line a try...with the Serious Face!
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Noted.
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Only one video monitor? Why is that?
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Oh, becuase we are already at the load area! No Serious Face necessary!
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Station view from the Single Rider path.
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So many options!
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Let's take a look, why not, right?
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Much classier than a Karnival kruise ship!
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They even included a window so they can see the rest of their party as the finish their ride.
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It's the Serious Face AND push the button! Almost too much coolness for one photo.
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The shop even has a really Hi-def video screen behind the counter.
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"I am a way better Vanna White than Vanna White."
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The area to the right of the Transformers entrance that is used as queue for a Horror Night maze has been prepared for what looks like extended queue space. (Or stroller parking.)
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And just a few more pictures for the uber-nerds and fanboys.
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This is one detail I was SO happy to see! One of my biggest disappoinments in the Wonderful World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando was the regular nametags worn by the employees in that land. I would have preferred to see a nametag that better fits in with the area theming, like THIS! I am thrilled they found an alternative to the normal nametag for this attraction, and I truly hope they can find an alternative solution for WWoHP when it arrives at USH in a few years!
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Be sure to check out Transformers: The Ride 3-D when it officially opens on May 25th!
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Re: Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby galindoverhere » Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:38 pm

Awesome Trip Report! I love how everything is well-themed! USH really did their best on this ride, and I'd like to congratulate them!
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Re: Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby Jew » Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:40 pm

The extra space is stroller parking. Nice report. Except for not letting me know you were there (not like I don't live close by or anything!). :lol:
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Re: Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby wrs28330 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:43 pm

Hey Jew. I am going to be at USH today. Just wanted to let you know incase you would be around. It would be great to get to say "hi" for a bit. Cheers! ;)

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Re: Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby ILoveRides » Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:04 pm

It looks like they did a great job with this ride. I can't wait to get up there and ride it!

As for your trip report, this is all I have to say about that:
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