"TRANSFORMERS represents a perfect match for our theme park: an exhilarating blockbuster, non-stop action and astonishing special effects.'
Larry Kurweil, President, Universal Studios Hollywood
It's not everyday you get asked to join Autobots Bumblebee and Optimus Prime in an intergalactic war against the evil Decepticons. So obviously a trip to Los Angeles and a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood, a movie-based theme park, was completely necessary to join the battle.
Inspired by Hasbro, Universal Studios has developed a theme park ride based on Michael Bay's Transformers. Guests are sat in a 12 seat Transformer cart, and using flight simulation and 3D-HD media, the rider is thrust into battle, being chased through the streets of Chicago. Racing over 2000 feet of track and experiencing unbelievable graphics from 14 different screens, the thrill ride immerses guests into the action-packed world of Transformers.
The red carpet event kicked off with an elaborate breakfast buffet, complete with warm doughnuts and chocolate sauce, a energy shot to prepare us for battle and pictures with Bumblebee and Optimus Prime. With what must of been two extremely athletic men in $100,000 robotic suits in the sweltering heat. Crazy? Well there is more.
The high-profile premiere was attended by Universal Studios President and COO, Ron Meyer; Universal Studios Hollywood President, Larry Kurzweil; Universal Parks & Resort Chairman, Tom Williams, and NBCUniversal Chief Executive Officer, Steve Burke. Also in attendance were Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg, Transformers film star Glenn Morshower, who appears in the ride, Frank Welker, who voices the ride's Megatron character and Peter Cullen, who voices the ride's Optimus Prime character.
The procession continued with abseiling army men, fireworks and an explosion of tapers. And then it was time to prepare for battle.
The ride itself? You know those rides where you come off jumping up and down and you just want to scream with excitement? Where everyone is buzzing off of each other and you just want to go again? Ever had that feeling? It's just like that.
So, really a visit to The Entertainment Capital Of LA is well and truly needed. Not a fan of the rides? Well, go for the studio tour, be entertained by CityWalk or visit the other outstanding attractions such as The Simpsons RideTM, Revenge of the MummySM -The Ride and Jurassic Park® -The Ride.
3 nights in Los Angeles
Three nights in Los Angeles with Virgin Holidays, including scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow direct to Los Angeles, accommodation at the 4V Sheraton Universal Resort on a room only basis with transfers and unlimited Universal Studios Hollywood pass included starts from £779. Prices are per person based on 2 adults travelling and sharing a standard room, price includes all applicable taxes and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. Prices are based on departures 08 – 22 Nov 2012.
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