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patster734
09-19-2011, 04:59 PM
http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/features_orlando/2011/09/spielberg-transformers-announcement-should-be-soon.html

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Spielberg admits that Transformers are coming to Universal Orlando and the official announcement should be coming soon.

I initially heard this on facebook from OrlandoUnited.

McClane713
09-19-2011, 05:41 PM
Interesting. Hoping it'll be on the studio side if true. Especially since it uses the same ride system as spider-man. And since the article makes it sound more near-ish future, doesn't sound like it'll be replacing spiderman either now that they're just putting the new projectors and film into it.

macraven
09-19-2011, 06:17 PM
i'm disappointed in that news.

i was hoping for something else.
transformers isn't my first choice by any means.


lot of other great things could go in, but i'm sure transformers will make someone happy.

keishashadow
09-19-2011, 07:42 PM
meeeeeeeee!:banana:

nytimez
09-19-2011, 08:41 PM
Interesting. Hoping it'll be on the studio side if true. Especially since it uses the same ride system as spider-man. And since the article makes it sound more near-ish future, doesn't sound like it'll be replacing spiderman either now that they're just putting the new projectors and film into it.

Previous rumors that cropped up also had it on the US side. Personally, I'm a little excited. I haven't seen the Transformers movies, but done well it could make a great ride.

However, I'm not crazy about another Spider-Man ride. Enough with the 3-D glasses, I don't want to wear them on a ride...

humphreydog
09-19-2011, 08:49 PM
Enough with the 3-D glasses, I don't want to wear them on a ride...


I thought they were safety visors (that's what kimberly said)..oh wait that's terminator....please don't change terminator into transformers

nytimez
09-19-2011, 09:00 PM
I thought they were safety visors (that's what kimberly said)..oh wait that's terminator....please don't change terminator into transformers

That was actually one of the previous rumors -- replacing Terminator with Transformers. But I don't know if they have the room there to do it.

RAPstar
09-19-2011, 10:25 PM
I think it would fit best in ET. Hollywood replaced theirs with Mummy, so why not ours with Transformers

damo
09-19-2011, 10:38 PM
I have to say that this surprises me. Having another Spiderman clone ride is kinda weird. I really don't think that this is what the parks need at this time.

nytimez
09-19-2011, 10:40 PM
I think it would fit best in ET. Hollywood replaced theirs with Mummy, so why not ours with Transformers

The problem with that is that ET is one of the few kid-friendly, whole-family rides at US.

DOOM1001
09-20-2011, 12:28 AM
I have to think the whole demolition of the old Hard Rock Cafe might have something to do with the location.I was just looking at the size of the old Cafe and the area around it and while it doesn't look that big I said the same thing about Potter before it was built,so I guess they could make a building appear in that area.I hope they don't touch E.T even as I don't ride it all that often it's still a very nice ride and has one of the coolest queues in any park.It would be an odd location as it's surrounded by several kids attractions but you never know how they may change the area around or make a new entrance that would separate it from the kidszone.

keishashadow
09-20-2011, 07:52 AM
The problem with that is that ET is one of the few kid-friendly, whole-family rides at US.

we like it;)families expect a friendly dark type ride in a park imo.

assume the contract rights run long-term ala jaws for mr spielberg:confused3

McClane713
09-20-2011, 08:06 AM
Putting together a few of the above ideas and taking a look at a recent photo I came up with an interesting theory. Spielberg was personally involved with ET and was upset when they removed it from other parks, which is why rumor has it it's stayed this long in Orlando. Maybe he gave his blessing to remove his old attraction as long as it's replaced with this new one. Which could be why they're demolishing the old hard rock cafe which is right next to it. They can reuse most of ET and then expand all they want to where HRC was. And since ET is near the front of the kidzone maybe just retheme the entrance area.

dsmom
09-20-2011, 08:33 AM
do not touch ET!! our family loves it.

RAPstar
09-20-2011, 08:36 AM
I have to think the whole demolition of the old Hard Rock Cafe might have something to do with the location.I was just looking at the size of the old Cafe and the area around it and while it doesn't look that big I said the same thing about Potter before it was built,so I guess they could make a building appear in that area.I hope they don't touch E.T even as I don't ride it all that often it's still a very nice ride and has one of the coolest queues in any park.It would be an odd location as it's surrounded by several kids attractions but you never know how they may change the area around or make a new entrance that would separate it from the kidszone.

That actually makes sense! If you look where they're building it in Hollywood, it looks very small. But it also uses 2 levels, so that helps.

Metro West
09-20-2011, 09:52 AM
do not touch ET!! our family loves it. E.T. isn't going anywhere.

Planogirl
09-20-2011, 10:20 AM
Where is the old Hard Rock Cafe exactly?

Also, I'm told that there is a huge abandoned structure in the Studios. Some said that the structure used to have an attraction in it but is actually unsafe now. Is that true? Could that be a location for a new attraction?

wreck
09-20-2011, 10:52 AM
Where is the old Hard Rock Cafe exactly?




behind Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster in Universal studios

go to google earth and copy paste these DMS coordinates in the search bar than zoom in

28 28 41.65 , - 81 27 56

nytimez
09-20-2011, 11:02 AM
behind Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster in Universal studios

go to google earth and copy paste these DMS coordinates in the search bar than zoom in

28 28 41.65 , - 81 27 56

You can actually see it from the ride, next time you're in the park.

That said, I'm not sure they need to knock down an existing attraction to build something new if they don't want to. I seem to recall they actually have a lot of room there, especially if they rejigger their backstage areas and employee parking lots, and could build several new attractions without knocking anything down if they wanted to.

RAPstar
09-20-2011, 11:02 AM
Where is the old Hard Rock Cafe exactly?

Also, I'm told that there is a huge abandoned structure in the Studios. Some said that the structure used to have an attraction in it but is actually unsafe now. Is that true? Could that be a location for a new attraction?

Its the soundstage behind where the Delorean and train from Back to the Future are. It used to house a Murder, She Wrote attraction when UO first opened and later a Hercules/Xena attraction. It could be there, but rumors are that the building is condemned from lack of use. But I'm sure some sprucing up could make it the home for the new Transformers ride. We'll just have to wait and see.

Metro West
09-20-2011, 11:41 AM
The abandoned building you're talking about is Stage 54 which is currently being used as storage and the Donkey M & G across from Shrek.

It was also used as the Horror Nights Nightmares house for HHN in 2004...my first year.

patster734
09-20-2011, 01:31 PM
Having grown up with Transformers when I was in my teens, the thought of a Transformers ride excites me. However, I do not want it if it replaces a current attraction.

JenM
09-20-2011, 01:59 PM
Previous rumors that cropped up also had it on the US side. Personally, I'm a little excited. I haven't seen the Transformers movies, but done well it could make a great ride.

However, I'm not crazy about another Spider-Man ride. Enough with the 3-D glasses, I don't want to wear them on a ride...

Trust me, if you'd seen either of the last two Transformers movies, you wouldn't be excited. God, those movies are dreadful...

But...a ride might be interesting. Maybe.

patster734
09-20-2011, 02:08 PM
Trust me, if you'd seen either of the last two Transformers movies, you wouldn't be excited. God, those movies are dreadful...

But...a ride might be interesting. Maybe.

As a Transformers nerd, although I was extremely disappointed in the second movie, the first and third were good.

JenM
09-20-2011, 02:13 PM
As a Transformers nerd, although I was extremely disappointed in the second movie, the first and third were good.

Ugh, the third Transformers was as bad as the second one. It was 90 minutes of incomprehensible garbage followed by 60 minutes of an equally incomprehensible battle sequence.

The first movie was fun. The rest seemed like they were written by obnoxious 13-year-old boys on a sugar high.


But again...a ride might be fun. :thumbsup2

Harry Potter
09-20-2011, 02:54 PM
Spielberg has threatened Universal to the extent that they would never dare remove E.T. from Orlando. They did remove it from Hollywood and Japan and replaced it with superior rides BY FAR (ROTM and Space Fantasy) and they cheesed off Spielberg to an extent that he signed his first ever contract with Disney shortly after.

But regarding Transformers, it is designed to bring in crowds to USF and make the resort a 2-park resort FOR ALL VISITORS, rather than just IOA for WWoHP.

USF has ROTM, HRRR, MIB, Simpsons, ET, Jaws, and that's about it. Nothing else is relevant in the slightest.

Disaster, Dispicable Me (lol not opened yet but come on, the simulator tech is older than Simpsons), Terminator... all of these need to be replaced with more modern and meaningful attractions.

But you know what? The best place for Transformers I say is in the location of that stage building at the back of the park between Amity and MIB (forget what it is now lol). Get rid of it and build a new building. The area is big enough, and then 3 major attractions will be side by side.

Then please incorporate Middle-Earth based on The Hobbit movies for around 2015.

Then USF would be virtually equal to IOA - notwithstanding IOA's WWoHP phase 2 plans to coincide with Avatar at Disney's AK!

RAPstar
09-20-2011, 03:14 PM
Spielberg has threatened Universal to the extent that they would never dare remove E.T. from Orlando. They did remove it from Hollywood and Japan and replaced it with superior rides BY FAR (ROTM and Space Fantasy) and they cheesed off Spielberg to an extent that he signed his first ever contract with Disney shortly after.

But regarding Transformers, it is designed to bring in crowds to USF and make the resort a 2-park resort FOR ALL VISITORS, rather than just IOA for WWoHP.

USF has ROTM, HRRR, MIB, Simpsons, ET, Jaws, and that's about it. Nothing else is relevant in the slightest.

Disaster, Dispicable Me (lol not opened yet but come on, the simulator tech is older than Simpsons), Terminator... all of these need to be replaced with more modern and meaningful attractions.

But you know what? The best place for Transformers I say is in the location of that stage building at the back of the park between Amity and MIB (forget what it is now lol). Get rid of it and build a new building. The area is big enough, and then 3 major attractions will be side by side.

Then please incorporate Middle-Earth based on The Hobbit movies for around 2015.

Then USF would be virtually equal to IOA - notwithstanding IOA's WWoHP phase 2 plans to coincide with Avatar at Disney's AK!

They can't get rid of that stage. They need it for Bill & Ted at HHN!! :rotfl:

patster734
09-20-2011, 03:53 PM
Ugh, the third Transformers was as bad as the second one. It was 90 minutes of incomprehensible garbage followed by 60 minutes of an equally incomprehensible battle sequence.

The first movie was fun. The rest seemed like they were written by obnoxious 13-year-old boys on a sugar high.


But again...a ride might be fun. :thumbsup2

Hey now! I'm an obnoxious 43-year old boy hopped up on a sugar high! :rotfl2:

They can't get rid of that stage. They need it for Bill & Ted at HHN!! :rotfl:

I had the same Bill & Ted thought! :thumbsup2