The Earth was once again saved from the clutches of evil Decepticon leader Megatron as Autobots rolled into action at the grand opening of Transformers: The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood.
As a longtime Transformers fan and wearing a G1 Transformers shirt, I positioned myself front and center to watch all the action and excitement of the opening moments unfold and to capture the best view of it all to bring back in the video below.
Video: Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening at Universal Studios Hollywood
And here’s a closer look at Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, appearing at the Transformers ride grand opening, rolling in as vehicles and walking the red carpet in robot form - with a special message from Optimus Prime voice Peter Cullen at the end:
Video: Optimus Prime and Bumblebee at the Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening
Before the grand opening ceremony, Universal Studios Hollywood rolled out the red carpet not only for Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, but also for celebrities including Steven Spielberg and Transformers voice actors Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime) and Frank Welker (Megatron).
Liquid Energon was served, a soda soon to be available in the theme park. It has a fruity citrus flavor.
General Morshower, straight out of the “Transformers” film series, began the ceremony in front of the new high-tech theme park attraction and director Michael Bay offered a few pre-recorded words from afar, busy shooting a movie in Miami. But the highlight of the opening event came when Megatron announced to all in attendance that he, once again, intended to steal the all-important All-Spark in his ongoing efforts to rule the universe.
Morshower was prepared with his N.E.S.T. team and none other than Autobots Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, already having made in appearance as robots walking the red carpet earlier in the day, rolled into view in their vehicle forms to save the day.
But that’s only the beginning of what I thoroughly enjoyed today at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Check back here soon for interviews with voice actors, artists, and producers who created the ride as well as visuals from the ride itself and my thoughts on what makes Transformers: The Ride 3D one of the best theme park attractions around.
Until then, here are a few more still photos from today’s grand opening celebration:
Slideshow from the grand opening of Transformers: The Ride 3D: