UberBeavis wrote:speedracer wrote:I wouldn't be so sure, USH obviously has space constrictions that the spanking brand new park doesn't. When they announced ROTM, Universal never publicly stated one would be a scaled down lower budget version. It was only by us coaster geeks comparing the show buildings and insiders spilling the beans that it became obvious the FL version would be much more elaborate.
Actually, when the ride was announced, they did in fact announce that the two Mummy rides had little to do with each other, other than name.
But, I don't know anything about Universal Studios Hollywood.
Can't find the actual announcement from 2003, but just remember it being a pretty general announcement of the 2 rides such as this, with no reference at all to the two having "little to do with each other other than name":
Vivendi says it’s getting ready to fire its next volley with Revenge of the Mummy, an $80-million ride scheduled to open at its Universal Studios Florida in Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood in spring 2004.
http://articles.latimes.com/2003/may/17 ... niversal17
And from archived Screamscape which also didn't appear to get the official memo about the 2 having little to do with each other, and had to wait for a physical confirmation that they absolutely would be different:
(5/19/03) “3000 Years In The Making”... The Mummy will return in 2004. Universal has described the new ride as a fusion of “Roller Coaster Technology, Space Age Robotics and “Live” Pyrotechnic Special Effects”. While the Hollywood ride will be similar to the Florida ride opening in 2004 as well, it is clear that the space available in Florida will allow for a much bigger ride than in Hollywood. The ride itself will feature LIMs to propel the car from scene to scene, both forward and backwards. All the while you will be haunted by ‘the most advanced animatronics ever engineered”. They are keeping the ride’s story under wraps for now as well as a few surprises they want to keep close to the vest until it opens. “Unsuspecting guests will be swept into a terrifying underworld of ancient Egypt awash in deadly curses, powerful forces of nature and vengeful creatures intent on wreaking havoc. Adding to the terror will be the mystery of two of the ride’s scenes, which will not be made public until the attraction debuts.” One scene they are very proud of however is a room that will have a “ceiling of flame” only inches above you burning at up to 2000 degrees. They also mention that you may not experience the exact same scenic elements each time you ride. One effect that you wont miss however is a large robotic skeleton warrior who will leap onto your vehicle itself. If it is half as good as it sounds, this ride could change the way we look at coasters and dark rides.
(4/23/04) We’ve finally uncovered the first photos I’ve seen showing off the inside of the Hollywood version of the Mummy and it looks like there will be some significant changes in this version. Click through the many photos showing off the outside of the ride, the loading station and figures early on in the ride. So far so good... but things start to get odd with this photo that talks about arms coming from the ceiling. Then we get to the photo of the launch track... which surprisingly is flat instead of the launch hill used in Florida. Yes... it looks like Hollywood with have to settle with a flat launch with a little bump at the end before entering the first big banked turn in the coaster section. Things take a turn for the weird once again in this photo, showing off the switch track for the backwards drop which seems to have been places in the middle of the coaster portion of the ride instead of in the dark ride section like Florida’s. Speaking of the dark ride section... we’ve been told that it looks like the Hollywood version seems to only have one very long room for the dark ride section before kicking off the coaster ride, where Florida seems to have several distinct rooms before the coaster. More as we find out.
http://web.archive.org/web/200406111731 ... ywood.html
I'd like to agree with you that Transformers:TR will definitely be identical, but as you can see, based only on a general announcement, there's just as much chance it won't. Either way, no big as long as they bring on the giant animatronics and LOTS of fire!