If you’ve driven by or walked through Universal Studios, you’ve probably seen at least one crane in the park. Universal Studios has two different areas of the park under construction right now with multiple cranes working hard to build what’s coming next.
Guests at Universal Studios last night waiting for Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular received an incoming transmission from Optimus Prime, warning everyone that Decepticons are on their way to take over Orlando. Anyone familiar with the Transformer series knows that Decepticons are bad news.
Transformers will be opening in Summer of 2013 at Universal Studios.
I published an article earlier this year highlighting the demolition of Soundstage 44, which is now giant steel structures towering in the park (where Transformers will be located). The sudden demolition of Soundstage 44 left fans clueless. Universal Orlando originally filed permits to use the building during Halloween Horror Nights, but turned around and filed demolition permits. Just days later, construction crews went to work and the entire building was gone in less than a week. So, why the sense of urgency?
Universal Orlando’s creative team saw the reaction to the Transformers attraction in Hollywood and started making plans for it to come to Orlando about a week after it opened in Hollywood. Transformers is hot and they wanted to get it open as soon as possible. Construction crews have been seen working in the area during the wee hours of Halloween Horror Nights, and even during normal park operation. During early construction, they were bringing it dump truck after dump truck in the middle of the afternoon.
- Transformers will be action packed
- The ride will be the same as Hollywood and Singapore’s attraction
- The facade and arcitecture will differ as our building is “360 degrees”
- The HD used in the ride will be similar to what is used in Spiderman and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
- The ride will feature a nod to the original Bumble Bee at the end of the ride
- The ride will feature an 80 foot screen at some point during the ride to accommodate these larger than life machines
- There will be character meet at greets at Universal Studios
- This attraction will have the shortest period of construction compared to any other ride of this complexity that Universal Orlando has done
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