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^ I know these are two different rides but I had the exact same experience last year at HHN in Hollywood with their inferior version of the Mummy. It seemed like there was a light on the entire ride and it killed all the fun of being in the dark and not knowing where you were going to go.

Maybe it's cause our eyes are adjusted to the darkness already? That was one thing I thought of, cause there is no way it is that bright during the day. It was disappointing because it was my Dad's first time on the ride and I feel like it just wasn't the full effect.

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In my experience there was lighting throughout the entire building. It was a very dull light and I have no idea why it was dark enough where it would be hard to work on something and light enough where it was a detriment to the experience.

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I've noticed that Mummy has issues when it comes to lighting. Some visits the lighting throughout the queue and ride are very dark, dark enough to where you have to have your hand in front of you so you're not running into things. Other days the lights are very bright as Bryce stated I could see a lot of the screens and catwalks.

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I've noticed that Mummy has issues when it comes to lighting. Some visits the lighting throughout the queue and ride are very dark, dark enough to where you have to have your hand in front of you so you're not running into things. Other days the lights are very bright as Bryce stated I could see a lot of the screens and catwalks.

I agree. The turntable scene was by far the worst. I could barely make out Imhotep as we rotated because it was so bright.

 

The launch Imhotep projection is looking very nice though!

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Maybe it's cause our eyes are adjusted to the darkness already?

I've always seen the "inside" of the ride as being much, much brighter when I ride it at night. I just rode Mummy at USO a couple of weeks ago at night and it didn't seem any different to me.

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Maybe it's cause our eyes are adjusted to the darkness already?

I've always seen the "inside" of the ride as being much, much brighter when I ride it at night. I just rode Mummy at USO a couple of weeks ago at night and it didn't seem any different to me.

Ah, that was probably it then.

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Awesome that USF is getting Transformers. I was very impressed with the one at USH and think it will be a great fit out there too. I doubt the GP will notice it's ride system is the same as Spider-Man (or care if they do) because the storyline and experience is so different (see Haunted Mansion vs. Little Mermaid).

 

Universal Orlando seems just relentless on their attack on Disney(and all other competition in the are). The rides they have been doing are impressive and seem to keep coming in rapid succession. I know Disney still has the upper hand being Disney and some of these Universal rides are more for adults, but the quality is up there and has got to be making some type of impact on Disney's attendance (not to mention their prices are easier on the wallet).

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Robb is at the Transformers event right now and will bring a full report soon. Make sure to follow Theme Park Review on Twitter and Facebook for all the most up to date info!

 

It will open THIS SUMMER!!!!

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Just got back from the Transformers event. Couple of things to note....

 

- Ride will be the same as Singapore and Hollywood

- Queue may be *slightly* different, but will include the same elements as the other two versions.

- Exterior of the building will be VERY different from Hollywood.

- Opens Summer 2013.

 

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TPR is currently at a media event at Universal Orlando. Big announcement tonight. What do you think it could be?

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The news stations are reporting something BIG!

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That's an impressive building! I wonder if all the rumors about the Barney shooting dark ride will be true?

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All the construction works have come to see what they have been building these past few months.

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We are told something is going to happen during Universal's Cinematic Spectacular.

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The show starts as normal...

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Then is interrupted by a message from Optimus Prime!

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Optimus says Orlando is in danger, and there will be lots of epic Michael Bay caliber explosions...

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Transformers for Universal Orlando has been announced! Summer 2013.

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Optimus and BumbleBee will soon be Rockin' the streets of Orlando.

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Q&A Session about the ride with head honchos from Universal Creative.

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They are taking us somewhere else...

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No, wait! Optimus and BumbleBee are already securing Universal Orlando from Decepticons!

 

Are you excited about Transformers coming to Universal Orlando summer 2013? POST A COMMENT if you are!

 

Official Announcement Video:

 

Walk-Around Optimus Prime and BumbleBee characters:

 

Here's the video from the Q&A if anyone is interested:

 

--Robb

 

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THE BATTLE CONTINUES…IN ORLANDO

 

JUST ANNOUNCED: BLOCKBUSTER MEGA-ATTRACTION “TRANSFORMERS: THE RIDE – 3D” COMING TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT IN SUMMER 2013

 

Hugely-Successful Attraction Will Now Be Featured at Three Universal Parks Worldwide

 

Guests Will Be Fully-Immersed in a TRANSFORMERS Adventure with Their Favorite Characters and Nemeses from the Popular Film Series

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 2, 2012) – Get ready – it’s time to prepare for battle…

 

Universal Orlando Resort announced today that its next blockbuster attraction will be the widely-popular TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D. The groundbreaking ride – created under license from Hasbro, Inc. and based on its iconic TRANSFORMERS brand – will bring the intergalactic battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons to Universal Studios Florida in summer 2013.

 

Already a “must-see” at Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Hollywood, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is a mind-blowing, action-packed ride experience that you have to see to believe. You will come face to face with Megatron. You will dodge explosions and attacks by the Decepticons. You will fight to save mankind alongside Optimus Prime and the Autobots. It will be the greatest battle you’ll ever ride.

 

Universal worked closely with Michael Bay, the award-wining director of the “TRANSFORMERS” film series and the ride’s creative consultant, to create an authentic experience that brings the non-stop action of the films to life. The attraction combines the larger-than-life TRANSFORMERS characters and an exciting storyline with life-like HD CGI media, state-of-the-art 3-D technology and amazing special effects to place riders right in the middle of an epic battle between good and evil.

 

“We broke the mold and have taken this ride to a new technological level in terms of blending seamless 3-D,” said Michael Bay, director of the “TRANSFORMERS” films.

 

“TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is the perfect addition to Universal Orlando’s thrilling theme park experiences,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative. “The ride has already proven to be a hit at our Hollywood and Singapore parks, and we’re excited that Universal Orlando guests will soon be able to join the Autobots in the fight to save the world.”

 

TRANSFORMERS films, television shows and merchandise have captivated millions of people all over the world. To date, three blockbuster films have been released – “TRANSFORMERS” (2007), “TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN” (2009) and “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON” (2011) – grossing more than $2 billion combined worldwide at the box office. The three films were directed by Michael Bay, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and released by Paramount Pictures.

 

TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is slated to open in summer 2013 at Universal Orlando. The attraction will have one of the shortest build times in Universal history – making it one of Universal’s most ambitious projects ever. For more information about TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, visit http://www.prepareforbattle.com.

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Even though I'm not a Transformers fan, I've heard nothing but good things about the rides at Hollywood and Singapore. Love seeing another "Spider-Man" type ride being built.

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This could be the least shocking news of my night...and yours! At least I won't have to fly to California to ride it now, and it'll be a good addition to USF that isn't related at all to the Potter-verse.

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I knew it was coming, but for those who have ridden it at Hollywood, does it make sense to have both this and Spiderman at basically the same park (if you have a 2-park hopper, of course).

 

It just seems so similar that the excitement goes down for the announcement. I love spider-man and I am sure I will enjoy this, but I don't know... I kind of wish they went in a different direction with this, away from the Spiderman concept to make it truly unique and offer another type of experience.

 

Not complaining by any means, just thinking out loud.

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I knew it was coming, but for those who have ridden it at Hollywood, does it make sense to have both this and Spiderman at basically the same park (if you have a 2-park hopper, of course).

Does it make sense to have Space Mountain and Rock N Roller Coaster both at Walt Disney World?

 

Or what about Pirates of the Caribbean and Maelstrom?

 

I'm not sure why people keep questioning the idea of having two kick-ass dark rides based on the same technology in one resort. Like having more than one of something is a bad thing...

 

I mean, they built two B&M inverts at Islands of Adventure right NEXT to each other and no one bitches about it, right?

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Sorry that I didn't have much time to read the whole report, but what did this ride take place of?

 

I have yet to see a Transformers movie, but then again, I haven't seen Spiderman and that ride is totally awesome, and Transformers doesn't have a confusing plot line that Forbidden Journey has. So I can't wait to visit!

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Yeah, this is super-cool. And I don't think anyone is going to mind that it's the same hardware as Spiderman. All four Disney parks have a 3D theater (Philharmagic, Captain EO, MuppetVision, and It's Tough to Be a Bug) and they all seem to be a success.

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Just saying-- Spiderman is arguably the favorite ride of both enthusiasts and the general public at Universal Orlando. Comcast buys the company and then decides to work day and night to provide another amazing ride by summer 2013 (and builds it in less than a year) .. If you have anything bad to say about this announcement, you are wrong.

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