Interactive talking Optimus Prime and Megatron debut in Universal Studios Hollywood at Transformers: The Ride 3D

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Exactly one year after Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opened at Universal Studios Hollywood, the park this weekend took character interaction to the next level by debuting a new chance for guests to actually converse one-on-one with Optimus Prime and Megatron.

Unlike the talking Transformers that recently began meeting and greeting with guests at Universal Orlando – speaking a variety of entertaining but obviously pre-recorded lines – these new characters in Hollywood are completely interactive, reacting to guests’ actions, commenting on their clothing, and even saying their names, all in familiar booming robot voices.

Video: Interactive talking Optimus Prime debuts at Universal Studios Hollywood

Video: Interactive talking Megatron debuts in Universal Studios Hollywood

The Cybertronian characters have been available for photo opportunities at Universal Studios Hollywood for many months, with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee roaming the park since Transformers: The Ride 3D first opened there in May 2012 and Megatron arriving earlier this year.

It’s been more than three years since Disney first tested a talking character meet-and-greet, with an interactive version of Mickey Mouse first appearing at Disneyland’s Toontown, then again at the World of Color grand opening. But other than a few occasional appearances since, including at the 2011 D23 Expo and once at Walt Disney World, talking Mickey has yet to begin conversing with guests on a daily basis like the Transformers are doing now.

Meanwhile, Transformers: The Ride 3D will officially open at Universal Studios Florida on June 20, less than a year after it began construction. But there’s no word yet whether the Autobots and Decepticons will also begin truly talking with Orlando guests there any time soon.


  1. Michael

    That’s awesome I hope Orlando gets them as well one day

    1. anyomus vistor star-w

      yeah me to i watched the videos on you tube and thought there were there before the ride opened but then when i see this post this BRAND NEW

      1. anyomus vistor star-w

        by the way the meet and greet area they have under consrution at florida might have a sound system to make it possible for the robots to be as interative as they are in los angles whitch is also rummored to have a shop selling energon (possibly orange soda)

        1. Jason

          Energon is not coming to USO, it’s the same drink/recipe as a Flaming Moe. If it did it would have a new taste.

  2. michael stapf

    this is truly great, both video’s were awesome 😀

  3. Jake

    What are they? Is there a person inside?


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