TransformersEven seasoned theme park visitors may be left reeling over Universal Studios Hollywood’s newest attraction. Transformers: The Ride-3D is a multi-sensory ride that propels you into the middle of the action. As soon as the four-minute ride was over, my 21-year-old son turned to me and said “awesome!” We hopped right back on to experience it again.

With HD 3-D media and flight simulation technology fused into the attraction, there’s so much to take in. I liked sitting in the front row so I wasn’t distracted by other passengers. My son preferred the third row (each vehicle has three rows) where he felt he got a better overview. He compared sitting upfront on the ride to the first row in a movie theatre – too close.

It doesn’t really matter where you sit because there’s sound and motion all around you. Based on the popular movie franchise, the attraction is built with a multi-level ride-track, visceral special effects, 14 oversize projection screens that tower more than 60 feet tall and massive Transformer characters that loom over passengers. Autobot vehicles pivot, roll, pitch, undulate and vibrate within a 360-degree rotation as you come face to face with Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and other characters.

The adventure begins when you enter an Autobot vehicle, slip on “protective battle eyewear” (3-D glasses) and are cast in the role of freedom fighter. You then enter N.E.S.T. (Nonbiological Extraterrestrial Species Treaty) headquarters, a maximum-security battle command compound established by humans and their Autobot allies to safeguard Earth.


While on this life-saving mission, you ride through scenes where you feel water, wind, heat and smoke. Our favorite part of the ride was an outdoor scene that took place above skyscrapers with wind blowing around us. Next, it felt like were spiraling rapidly down to the ground.

The fast action ride ends when humanity is saved from Megatron and his army of Decepticons.

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