The much-anticipated Transformers: The Ride – 3D opened in grand style to the public this week. It’s based on the “Transformers” movies and uses 4K high-definition animation to make the experience incredibly life-like. From start to finish, riders will experience incredible action and thrills at every turn.
The experience begins at the NEST facility, where you learn humans are needed on the front lines of an intergalactic battle between the Autobots and Decepticons. The mission is simple: keep the AllSpark (the object responsible for creating new Transformer life) from falling into enemy hands and save Earth. EVAC, a Transformer created exclusively for the ride, takes on his first important mission and is assigned to transport you, fellow trainees and the AllSpark to safety.
The ride also features Autobot favorites Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet and Sideswipe, as well as the characters you love to hate, Devastator, Starscream, Bonecrusher and Grindor, which all come to life on 60-foot screens.
During the battle, riders dodge unrelenting attacks, explosions and missiles and come face-to-face with the ultimate bad guy, Megatron.
“The characters jump off the screen and get right into your face,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. “We worked extremely close with Michael Bay (director of the movies) and his team to make sure we got it right.”
I got to experience the ride the day before its official red carpet debut and was extremely impressed by the sound quality and visual effects. It was a smooth and seamless transition between scenes, and the action was non-stop.
The ride can be enjoyed by the entire family (well, those at least 40 inches tall), and you don’t need to have seen the movies to enjoy the experience.
The ride, which has already opened in Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Hollywood, was built in record time – one year. “There has been some significant improvements in technology since we first debuted in Singapore,” Woodbury said. “This particular ride is groundbreaking visually and technologically, making it the best one yet.”
Just outside the ride, guests can meet, interact and take photos with Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Megatron, each towering more than 9 feet high.