Optimus Prime and Bumblebee roll out for Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening at Universal Studios Hollywood

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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).

Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening

Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening

Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening

Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening

Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening

Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening

Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening

Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening

Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening

Liquid Energon was served, a soda soon to be available in the theme park. It has a fruity citrus flavor.

Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening

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.

Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening

Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening

Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening

Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening

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:

7 Comments

  1. Ridisneyfan

    Ricky: As we vicariously live through your experiences:Thank you for this coverage.

  2. Jeff Lynch

    Ricky is my favorite reporter. He always gets the big scoops and is always so positive and nice in what he writes. He is never an Eeyore and always finds the good in whatever is happening. We are all blessed to have him as our ace reporter.

  3. OT

    It looks like it was quite a struggle to get this on tape, Ricky, but you did great. Thank you so very much. The red carpet pictures look wonderfull to. Wish they would make a Transformers float in Orlando judging on those awesome characters!
    Maybe we see this attraction in the future in Orlando. Thanks again, amazing job!

    1. Ricky Brigante

      You have no idea how much of a struggle it was. The red carpet was jammed shoulder to shoulder and I was positioned near the end of it. Fortunately I did get a few good interviews there, which I’ll be posting very soon. Immediately after that, I had to rush to find a spot to shoot the opening ceremony. After some confusion as to who was supposed to stand where, I eventually found my way to the front of a large group of people, including VIPs and Universal’s own cameras. I was still setting up my tripod when the ceremony began, which is why the beginning of the video is a bit shaky. And when Optimus and Bumblebee emerged, I was literally pushed from behind by several photographers all holding their cameras up in the air over my shoulders and head to get the shot. It’s a battle sometimes… but worth it!

  4. Kyle

    Its not about being an “eeyore”- we appreciate objective reporting because not everything Disney does turns to gold. Ricky does a good job balancing his disney fandom with being a real reporter and giving his true take on the news.

  5. MouseEarredPirateChild

    My husband is going to freak out when he sees this. Its just so cool to see these characters shown in both forms…especially as Autobots!!

  6. Gideon

    Singapore is even better they have a life size EVAC robot there!

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