Though Transformers: The Ride 3D has been roughly 4 years in the making, for fans of the decades-old franchise it has literally been a lifetime of waiting to have a chance to step into the world that pits Autobots against Decepticons. As of this Memorial Day Weekend, Universal Studios Hollywood has officially opened exactly such an attraction, a ride that not only excites longtime “Transformers” fans, but is accessible, enjoyable, and understandable by those new to the series.
Friday’s grand opening spectacle was appropriately big, rolling out vehicle and walking versions of famous robots-in-disguise Optimus Prime and Bumblebee to protect the All-Spark from the evil Megatron. The opening ceremony’s plot mirrored that of new ride itself, as Universal places guests into the N.E.S.T. (Networked Elements: Supporters and Transformers) facility, becoming recruits in aiding the Autobots in ensuring Earth’s safety.
While “Transformers” was a huge hit on TV in the ’80s, the new ride follows the look and feel of the more recent series of big-budget Hollywood movies directed by Michael Bay. But while those films have been largely panned by critics and Transformers fans alike, only the best elements of the popular property are used to create the unbelievably immersive attraction that is Tranformers: The Ride 3D.
For those wishing to remain relatively spoiler-free before experiencing the attraction in person, included below is a “highlights” video, summarizing the new attraction’s elaborate queue environments set inside the N.E.S.T. facility, followed by a few quick hits from the ride itself.
Video: Highlights of Transformers: The Ride 3D queue and ride at Universal Studios Hollywood
Now for those wishing to get a fuller sense of what the fun and informative pre-show videos are like in the queue and how the entire ride unfolds, the video below shows it all off in its entirety, mixing live on-ride video with high-res HD clips supplied by Universal Studios Hollywood.
The video below also features binaural audio, so it’s highly recommended to wear headphones while watching it, particularly during the ride portion, for the best experience.
With that said, since Transformers: The Ride 3D is indeed a ride based largely on 3D visuals, no video of the attraction can ever replace the sensation and excitement of seeing it in person. And the ride is impressive enough to warrant a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood just to see it.
Video: Full Transformers: The Ride 3D ride & queue experience at Universal Studios Hollywood