Universal Studios Hollywood
Transformers: The Ride

By Marianne Schwab | Best Travel Deals Tips Blog

I confess, I had never seen a Transformers movie before I went on Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. Did it matter? Did it make the ride less enjoyable? Not one bit. You will L-O-V-E Transformers: The Ride whether you've seen all of the Transformers movies or you've seen none of them.

But just so you're not totally in the dark on Universal Studio Hollywood's latest attraction, you should know that in the Transformers movies, Earth’s humans are caught in the middle of an intergalactic war between alien robots, the heroic AUTOBOTS and the evil DECEPTICONS. These robots physically transform from common mechanical devices, like cars, trucks and planes into robotic warriors.

Transformers: The Ride is a perfect 3-D blend of an exciting blockbuster movie, non-stop action and special effects that will have you saying, "WowZa," when you complete "your mission" as a freedom fighter at the end of the ride. Can you tell I'm absolutely beaming with happiness in the photo above? It is rather difficult to hide my excitement.

A Preview of Transformers: The Ride

I found this trailer below on YouTube that gives you a bite sized preview of what to expect on Transformers: The Ride. It means a lot more to me now having experienced it in 3-D.

Transformers: The Ride pushes the boundaries of 3D, hyper realism and immersive visual effects to transport you, physically and viscerally, into the Transformers world.

When you're on Transformers: The Ride, you are actually in a vehicle that is moving with lots of virtual reality 3-D elements being thrown at you as your vehicle travels over 2,000 feet of track. This makes it very different from any virtual reality ride I've ever experienced since most of the the ones I've been on might "shake" your "vehicle" and move up and down a wee bit, but you are basically stationery. That's not the case on Transformers: The Ride since your vehicle is really traveling through real space. This adds to the excitement and realism of the experience and really places you into "Save the World" action.

As I watched the trailer again, I remembered when we were in our vehicle zooming through the offices in the skyscraper as we were trying to escape the DECEPTICONS. I loved that it felt so real, but I knew it was fake so I knew I wasn't in danger, but really experienced the thrill of all the action including falling in our vehicle toward the street below and being rescued just in time before we hit the pavement.

The Making of Transformers: The Ride

Fusing high-tech elements, this is probably one of Universal Studios Hollywood’s most ambitious rides ever created and sets a new standard in the world of theme park attractions.

Universal Studios Hollywood collaborated with Transformers director Michael Bay as the ride’s Creative Consultant to create an original Transformers story that taps into the real heart of these bigger-than-life characters. They did this using original, photo-realistic 3D-HD media, sophisticated special effects that were masterminded by Industrial Light & Magic, and one of the most elaborate roaming flight simulator ride systems ever created. Here's a behind-the-scenes look on the making of Transformers: The Ride.

The result of this dynamic collaboration is an epic theme park ride experience of a lifetime that will leave you saying, "This was the best theme park ride EVER." I know that's EXACTLY what I said.

Travel Deal Tips: Residents of Southern California should look for special Annual Pass deals to Universal Studio Hollywood on their website. You do have to purchase your pass online prior to showing up at the park.

If you're in Southern California on vacation, then you can get up to 55% off theme park admission with GoCity Cards. I've used this deal when my family comes to town.

AAA Members can get up to a $15 discount on admission to Universal Studios Hollywood. Always remember to ask about AAA discounts wherever you travel on vacation (restaurants, theme parks, etc.)

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