Transformers ride coming to Universal Orlando, says Spielberg

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The future of Universal Orlando may be more than meets the eye, at least according to famed Hollywood director Steven Spielberg. “Transformers: The Ride – 3D” is currently under construction at Universal Studios Hollywood in California as well as Universal Studios Singapore. But Spielberg hinted to the Orlando Sentinel that more “Transformers” fun may be on the way.

In an interview with movie critic Roger Moore, Spielberg said:

“I always like to hear that people are still coming to the attractions we already have in the park. I know everybody’s going to Harry Potter right now. But we think Transformers is going to pretty amazing. We’ve been working on that for about three years now. It should be ready soon. I don’t have an announcement, yet, but it should be coming there soon.”

Is Spielberg really talking about a third Transformers ride to be built at Universal Orlando? Or is he just getting his parks mixed up, thinking of one of the other two? Universal Orlando isn’t making it any clearer, with nothing new to share. But beyond the ongoing changeover from Jimmy Neutron’s Nick Toon Blast to a Despicable Me-based attraction, not much else is currently announced to be coming to Universal Orlando.

A Transformers-themed attraction, or perhaps a whole theme park area, would certainly add excitement to one of Universal Orlando’s two parks. In Hollywood and Singapore, the motion-based thrill ride will tell a new “Transformers” story using photo-realistic 3D-HD media and special effects surrounding a roaming flight simulator ride system. The ride system is similar to Islands of Adventure’s “The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man,” which itself is soon receiving an HD upgrade.

With Disney now owning Marvel, some might be quick to think that Transformers will take over Marvel Superhero Island at Islands of Adventure, replacing the Spider-Man ride with the robots in disguise. However, the “Transformers” rides in California and Singapore are much more vertical in nature than Spider-Man is, with the motion simulators traveling several stories into the air inside a tall building. And with the upcoming upgrades to Spider-Man, as well as its ongoing popularity, it’s unlikely that attraction would be replaced. Moreover, the Incredible Hulk coaster would need to be re-themed as well. Transformers certainly could fit into some areas of Universal Studios Florida, but all of this is pure speculation at this point, based on one short quote from Spielberg.

It’s certainly not clear as to whether Spielberg truly meant Transformers is coming to Orlando’s parks, or if he was mistakenly referring to one of the other parks, but it’s fun to imagine how it would fit in to the Universal Orlando landscape. Either way, the ride will definitely be rolling out by the end of the year in Singapore and in Hollywood in Spring 2012.

Video: Transformers ride teaser shown at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con


  1. EricJ

    “3D” means if it replaces anything at USF/H, it’s likely to replace Simpsons or Terminator 3D.
    It can’t replace Simpsons, because Omnimax screens can’t do 3D, but Terminator 3D has been feeling a bit geriatric these days, and TF is the nearest equivalent of 3D movies and “live” in-theater robots–Now that Arnold’s star has fallen, think the T-1000’s about to get the same “scandal” heave-ho at the parks that Michael Jackson had with Captain EO and Jeffrey Jones had with Alien Encounter.
    (Still, I’m going to miss that “su-perrr” Cyberdyne tour guide.) 🙂

    1. Ricky Brigante

      But 3D in this case doesn’t mean a sit-down 3D movie. It’s 3D in the same way that Spider-Man is, with screens integrated into a moving ride. It’s really the next generation Spider-Man.

  2. deedee

    Well all the artwork sure does make it look like Spiderman doesnt it. I wonder if there is a chance that the HD upgrade is a cover up. I love the idea of a Transformers attraction but not at the expense of Spiderman. Unless Disney can move it to Hollywood Studios…yeah that will happen…lol!!!

    Anyway, Terminator seems like the most likely place for this but is it big enough and if not, is there room to expand if necessary. Or maybe this would get an entirely new show building over by MIB. I really hope they are not thinking of getting rid of E.T. for it.

    1. Cooper

      the HD upgrade is not a cover up. terminator is way too small of a space for what this ride system will do! and ET legally can not be shut down or else Steven S. would pull the rights to our parks closing pretty much all of the rides Steven helped create. which are a lot!

      1. Boog nasty

        Um…Jaws is closing. That’s a Spielberg ride.

        1. Beb

          Jaws is becoming harry potter expansion

  3. Alex

    I personally think that the whole spider man thing was definitely a cover up and that either marvel land will turn into another comic themed land or probably the transformer world as it would fit the description I also know that universal is smart and is trying to draw ALL the attention from potter world as it’s very packed. I do think that universal is getting crazy with money as they have been saying that the mythology island will be taken out to expand potter. ( which I hope they do) but they need to do some serrious maintainice to suess landing like a PAINT JOB! And they need to change their IOA symbol as it’s becoming more POTTER. Like the owlery tower or astronomy tower as when the expansion is finished for potter it will be the biggest land there.

    1. Cooper

      Trust Me! It is not a cover up…Marvel is staying Marvel and it is more likely that the transformers area is going to be put in the jaws/amity area of USF…universal will never change the logos all because potter is as popular as it is. Not every guest that goes to the parks, goes for just potter, we have many other attractions that are still very popular. I can tell by the way you worded your statement that you have never worked for universal and it might be best if you dont make anymore to save yourself from sounding stupid.

  4. Boog Nasty

    I can say that Transformers is coming to URO. I know someone is an audio engineer and does a lot of work with Universal. He’s been doing the audio for Transformers. He’s also been working on some Kung Fu Panda attraction in Hong Kong for something.

  5. JONY

    ITS NOT FAIR UNIVERSAl orlando does not have transformers

  6. Disnoid

    Transformers is replacing Spider-Man. I’ve got a great source on this one.

    1. Boomer

      whatever your source is i think they are losing it, spiderman just upgraded to HD for them to replace it would be an absolute waste of money. Now if they made the decision to replace it before the HD replacement that would be more understandable

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