The intergalactic battle between Autobots and Decepticons has come to Florida as Transformers: The Ride 3D officially opened at Universal Orlando today with a explosion-filled, action-packed ceremony.
Over a scorching hot morning, Universal Studios Florida rolled out the red carpet to welcome “Transformers” celebrities Peter Cullen (voice of Optimus Prime), Frank Welker (voice of Megatron), and famed Hollywood director Steven Spielberg (executive producer of Transformers: The Ride 3D). Then General Morshower took to the stage in front of the ride’s entrance to warn Universal Orlando guests of an impending Decepticon invasion. Fortunately, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee arrived - both in vehicle and robot form - to protect Earth and the Allspark with the help of N.E.S.T. personnel, including pyrotechnic bursts in the sky coupled with fighter jets scrambling high overhead.
Hear from the “Transformers” voices and see it all unfold in the video below.
Video: Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening at Universal Orlando
Transformers: The Ride 3D is a thrilling, immersive adventure through the world of the Autobots and Decepticons as they battle for the coveted Allspark, their giver of life. Universal Orlando guests are now being recruited daily by N.E.S.T. to hop aboard Evac, a new Transformer created specifically for the ride, and join in the battle. The ride features giant, high-definition 3D projections that bring the famous robots in disguise to life in a way never before seen.
Take a tour through the queue, set in N.E.S.T. headquarters and a ride on the attraction in the videos below.
Video: Full Transformers: The Ride 3D queue and ride POV at Universal Orlando
Video: Full Transformers: The Ride 3D queue detailed walkthrough at Universal Orlando
In addition to the wild ride, Universal Orlando guests can meet and take pictures with Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron, who often have a few choice words to share.
Video: Talking Optimus Prime, Bumblebee characters + Transformers Supply Vault store at Universal Orlando
Video: Talking Megatron Transformers character meet-and-greet at Universal Orlando
Today’s grand opening of Transformers: The Ride 3D in Orlando followed the huge opening spectacular that Universal Studios Hollywood produced in May 2012 when they opened the same attraction in their theme park. General Morshower presided over the ceremony there as well, with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee making a high-speed appearance, rolling out to defend against Megatron’s attack. Compare Orlando’s opening seen above with Hollywood’s opening below.
Video: Grand Opening of Transformers: The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood
Check back to Inside the Magic soon for more from the Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening including full interviews with Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, as well as Universal Studios and Hasbro executives and representatives.
More photos from the Transformers: The Ride 3D grand opening at Universal Orlando:
(Photos by Michael Gavin)