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Old 03-04-2013, 09:15 AM   #16
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The gift shop for the ride opened late yesterday afternoon, so it's getting closer. Also the roaming transformer robot characters are going to be showing up starting this week. (These are awesome if you haven't seen them in person)

As for the ride, sometime next month seems most likely for unofficial "soft" openings, but the first post is still accurate. Official opening more likely around Memorial Day.

The biggest difference with the unofficial openings (technical rehersals), Unofficial openings you can't plan for since they can take the ride up or down during the day as needed, sometimes not everything is working, sometimes intentionally, to test out how the ride handles different situations, and they don't do express for. Official opening includes express access.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:51 PM   #17
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Hopefully it will be up and going for our trip in mid June
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:09 PM   #18
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Transformer meet and greet started today and I have to admit he is awesome!
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:11 PM   #19
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Transformer meet and greet started today and I have to admit he is awesome!
There are two of them. Both Optimus and Bumblebee were doing the meet and greet. I think they alternate shifts and then appear together toward the end.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:10 AM   #20
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There are two of them. Both Optimus and Bumblebee were doing the meet and greet. I think they alternate shifts and then appear together toward the end.
Pictures?
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:26 AM   #21
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These are from another board.
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Lots of pictures continually over at http://www.orlandounited.com/forums/...de-Summer-2013
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:57 PM   #24
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Showed these pics to my daughters, told them we'll be waiting in line to meet the autobots next month. They complained. Oh, for a son.
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ok, so transformers is in the building beside Mels drive in?
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Those pictures are awesome. Will they continue meeting after the ride opens? We are going the end of August and would love to see them!
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Those pictures are awesome. Will they continue meeting after the ride opens? We are going the end of August and would love to see them!
Yup! They make regular appearances at Universal Hollywood so I imagine they'll continue here. Those costumes are too expensive for only a few weeks of appearances.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:42 PM   #29
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We are going to be there May 6 and 7...my bf was disappointed to miss it by just a couple of months-he'll be so excited if its open while we are there.

Oh and this may be a dumb question, but what is a soft opening?
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We are going to be there May 6 and 7...my bf was disappointed to miss it by just a couple of months-he'll be so excited if its open while we are there.

Oh and this may be a dumb question, but what is a soft opening?
Soft openings are a term for test runs with guests, or technical rehearsals, before the announced grand opening of a ride. It's soft since you show up, it may just be open, and may not be (or maybe just a part of the day).

May 6 and 7 is a big maybe, but don't be disappointed if it's not open then.
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