Universal Orlando Announces TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D Will Arrive Summer 2013

Last night, at a special press conference, it was revealed that “TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D” would be coming to the Universal Orlando resort in the Summer of 2013.

Universal worked closely with Michael Bay, the award-winning 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.

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

Using life-like HD CGI media, state-of-the-art 3-D technology and amazing special effects, the attraction will place riders right in the middle of an epic battle between good and evil. You will fight alongside Optimus Prime and the Autobots to save mankind from the Decepticons.

TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D is slated to open in the area next to Mel’s Diner that formerly held attractions such as Hercules/Xena at Universal Studios. The attraction is already a big hit at Universal’s Hollywood and Singapore parks.

For more information, visit prepareforbattle.com.

Here is the video shown at the event:

[photo © 2012 Universal Orlando Resort]

Star Tours at Walt Disney World Closes For Refurbishment

The first time I visited Walt Disney World, the first ride I went on was Star Tours at (what was then) Disney-MGM Studios.

Fast forward fifteen years, and though things have changed around the park – heck, it’s even got a new name: Disney Hollywood Studios – the ride is still the same as it was when I first rode it.

That’s soon about to change. Due to constant outcry from both Star Wars and Disney park fans, Star Tours is finally getting an update.

Star Wars creator George Lucas has filmed an entirely new adventure for riders to take. This new one takes place between the two Star Wars movie trilogies and still starts out with people boarding a shuttle to tour the galaxy. Shortly after launch, everyone becomes part of a “detour” that includes becoming part of a pod race (similar to the one shown in Star Wars: Episode 1 Phantom Menace).  The adventure is also rumored to be a 3D attraction.

Though the park, in conjunction with the Star Wars convention Celebration V, threw a “Last Tour to Endor” party at the theme park, the ride is still open for a few more days.

But if you want to enjoy the original adventure, you only have until this Tuesday, September 7.  As of September 8, Star Tours will be shut down for the renovations and will not be available to ride again until next year. No exact date has been given but I’m guessing they’ll be shooting for May 2011, just in time for next year’s annual Star Wars Weekends.

Thanks to Disney, I can share with you this teaser video for the new film that will run when Star Tours reopens. This video first aired at Celebration V.

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