Transformers The Ride 3D is a dark ride manufactured by Oceaneering International and is located at Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal Studios Singapore. For accuracy purposes this review will be for the Orlando location of the ride as it’s the only version I have ridden, although it could be applied for the other two parks since they are basically clones.
I will start off this review by saying I’m not a Transformers fan nor have I seen any of the movies. But I had a lot of fun with this ride. I will give my full thoughts on it but first I want to walk you through the experience so you can know what to expect when you go to ride.
The first thing you’ll realize when approaching this ride is the big statue of Optimus Prime pointing to the sky, indicating the rides entrance. The queue will begin outside if their is a significant line and it’s long and relatively unshaded. This can make it a pretty uncomfortable wait in the hot Florida sun.
When you make it in the indoor queue, you will notice that this queue is LONG! There is a lot to see, and it feels like it keeps going on and on. The attention to detail is amazing and the highlight is defiantly the All-Spark in the glass case, but their are some cool fake panels and signs to look at while you wait.
As you head up the ramp to the loading station, you will receive a pair of 3D glasses, as this is another Universal ride that utilizes 3D screen effects. You then board your vehicle called an EVAC. This is used for you as the rider to help NEST as recruits to take the All-Spark to safety. If the ride vehicle seems familiar, it’s because it is the same ride system as The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man over at Islands of Adventure. A review of that ride will be coming soon, but let’s get back to Transformers.
After you board your EVAC machine and pull down your lap bar, you are on your way through a crazy, thrilling ride while battling Transformers such as Megatron, Grinder, Sideways, Devastator, and more trying to preserve the All-Spark for NEST. You are twisted in and out of screen sets and physical sets, making this a very immersive attraction.
After the ride, you exit into the Transformers Supply Vault, a gift shop where you can purchase a variety of ride and other Transformers related merchandise.
My Thoughts: This ride is pretty good, it’s just nothing to really shout at. The ride is very fun but integrates a little more screens than it does physical sets, something that rides like Gringotts, Forbidden Journey, and Spider-Man do better is integrate a perfect mix of screens and physical sets. This ride is still fun and thrilling nonetheless, and has good 4D effects. It just didn’t really wow me or anything, there was nothing special to this ride.
Tips: This ride does have a single rider line, which may be very useful if the line is long and your the only one in your party who wants to ride. This ride usually gets wait times around 30-45 minutes on a regular day, but can range from 80-120 on a busy day, so plan accordingly! I would recommend doing it within the first two hours of park opening.
Final Thoughts: I understand that this is a shorter, less detailed post, it’s just that there really isn’t that much to say. I’d still highly recommend going on if you have the chance because it’s a fun experience, but this isn’t in my opinion, one of those rides where you are left in awe as you walk off or wanting to get right back on. But still go on if you have the chance!