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Transformers: The Ride - 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood to be "natural follow-up" to movies

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Further details have been revealed of the under-construction Transformers: The Ride - 3D attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, which is set to open in Spring 2012.

A Variety report on the ride offers some hints as to what guests can expect to experience. Most notably, it confirms that while the ride will retain the look-and-feel of the Transformers movie trilogy, its plot will be a "natural follow-up" to the films rather than based on them directly.

Riders will be placed in the middle of the movies' war between the human-friendly Autobots and their Decepticon enemies. As in the films (and the earlier toys and cartoons), the robots will "transform" into cars, planes, tanks and other vehicles. Universal is working with special effects house Industrial Light and Magic, which also created the effects for the movies, to bring the characters to life.

The ride is set to reuse technology from the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman attraction at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure, with the report claiming it will combine 3D animation, animatronics and flight-simulator elements. It will replace the closed Backdraft and Special Effects Soundstages attractions in the park's Lower Lot, with construction having begun in Fall 2009. A version of the ride is due to debut at Universal Studios Singapore earlier, in late 2011.

The debut of Transformers: The Ride - 3D will coincide with the rival Disneyland Resort's plans to open Cars Land at Disney California Adventure in Summer 2012. Universal is said to be investing a budget greater than $40 million in developing the attraction.

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