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Yup! It opened around 7:15 or so. Got a quick ride in and as I was leaving the outside queue was really filling up quickly.

 

It is a great ride... some reviews I've heard (from friends, coworkers and people tonight) were using the word "disappointment" because it is "just like Spiderman" (while it is similar it improves on the 14 year old technology). To me Spiderman is one of the best dark rides ever built so how another version of one of the best rides ever built can be a disappointment is beyond me. I'm not a fan of the movies (only saw part of the first one) so I didn't quite follow the storyline but the projections are top-notch and overall it is a solid experience.

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It is a great ride... some reviews I've heard (from friends, coworkers and people tonight) were using the word "disappointment" because it is "just like Spiderman" (while it is similar it improves on the 14 year old technology). To me Spiderman is one of the best dark rides ever built so how another version of one of the best rides ever built can be a disappointment is beyond me.

Agreed. I think Transformers will be a HUGE hit with the public, just like it has been in Hollywood & Singapore.

 

Did you get any idea if the ride was going to be open more in the coming days?

 

Our friends from Attractions Magazine were at the park tonight and got a few pics and video. Please check out their website and their YouTube channel: http://attractionsmagazine.com/

 

 

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^Probably referring to the walk-around characters? That statue is awesome, but it is kind of funny that guests will be seeing double when Optimus is on his set!

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In the meantime, you may notice a large object added to the outside of the ride building, covered in a tarp. If the rumors are true, this may be some kind of giant statue of Optimus Prime that may feature some animated moving parts.
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Just now saw the news about the simpsons area. I think I'm gonna climax.

 

Hopefully I won't end up a political prisoner like homer did at "Duff Gardens"

 

“But, Marge, I was a political prisoner.” – Homer

“How were you a political prisoner?” – Marge

“I kicked a giant mouse in the butt! Do I have to draw you a diagram?” – Homer

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That wasn't Duff Gardens. That was Itchy and Scratchy Land. Which reminds me how I have always loved the fact Universal sells a Bort license plate pin.

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That's right. My bad.

 

Duff Gardens is where the kids go with Selma and shes a terrible "mother".

 

I had a co-worker named Bart and I would often call him Bort. He loves the show as well and we were always saying obscure simpsons quotes to each other.

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Transformers was open from about 6:30 or 7 through close today. Got on quickly and was fun. Had been on USH's so nothing really new but better than I remember. Rode Spiderman right after to compare and the edge goes to Transformers I think. Glad we caught it open though!

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I took these tonight. The ride soft opened around 6:45 and commanded a 90 min wait within mins. It later dropped to 45 and 30 at closing time but easily had the longest queue for the evening. Attractions on the northern side were all walk ons. I've had the pleasure of taking a spin on both Hollywoods and now Orlando's and I am so happy it's in our backyards in Orlando. It's easily the best ride in the Studios for now and Universal has a true dark ride triple threat.

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We have arrived Orlando!

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Optimus dominates the entrance

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His details are amazing

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At night it looks even better

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New hotness!

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Did I mention Hollywood is jealous?

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Freaking Sweet

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Even the box looks awesome at night

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I got to ride Transformers today as well. I don't know if it was just on my ride, but the first scene wasn't working properly. The video jumped and then froze, while the ride vehicle kept doing its thing.

 

I'll have to admit I was a little disappointed at first to see how closely it resembled Spiderman (the ride cars were EXACTLY the same), but the screens seemed much more clear and the characters/action felt closer. So everything worked together pretty spectacularly and I really enjoyed myself.

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^sweet , the area looks great. There is actually a lot more theming going on then I thought they would have. I can't wait to grab me a Krusty Burger with a Flaming Moe. Looks like Moe's Bar is already pretty busy.

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FWIW I was told that a alcoholic version of the Flaming Moe is coming. Granted that was just from a hourly I chatted up while in line so take it with a grain of salt.

 

The area looks great - Moe's is a self contained area of the larger quick-service place and the theme all around is fun. However I had the chicken and waffles and it was just plain bad (ever by theme park food standards) the waffles seemed to be frozen that when heated up were bone-dry with no taste and the chicken was ok. For an average park guest the food does it job with the theme and atmosphere but it isn't the fun certainly isn't anything to seek out by itself.

 

Overall it is a win - anytime a park updates a boring area with a fun new theme is a win in my book.

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"^I'd say you're reading too far into things. Probably just a matter of the rightsholders (J.K Rowling & Gracie Films) not wanting alcoholic versions of those drinks so they can have more appeal

 

I still think this is an operational issue. Liquor licenses require the establishment to monitor the patron's drinking and Universal has to abide by the state law. USF has been reported handing out one year to lifetime bans for things such as sharing a drink with a minor to letting a child hold an alcoholic beverage (which I was told is technically against the law in my state).

 

So it seems nearly impossible to sell both non and alcoholic versions of the Flaming Moe. It looks like another chance to sell a cold sugary drink like Butter Beer. The smoke coming from the top looks pretty cool though.

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^^Put it in a different glass. No different than someone ordering a coke vs. a rum & coke. Highly doubt they're so concerned about their liquor license they'd turn down the opportunity to make more money off an alcoholic version.

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