The Universal Orlando Resort is to make a major announcement on November 1, with all signs pointing to confirmation of the addition of Transformers: The Ride.
A clone of the existing Transformers attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood has long been rumored to be on its way to the Florida resort, as a stop-gap measure while a new Harry Potter land is constructed at Universal Studios Florida. Transformers: The Ride will also be situated in the resort's first theme park, with Universal looking balance out its appeal against Islands of Adventure.
Universal teased the announcement via its Facebook page, with an eagle-eyed Screamscape reader noting that the the Adobe Flash file used was named "TransformerCountdown_Clock.swf". A version of Transformers: The Ride for Universal Studios Florida was first rumored back in September 2011, when legendary director Steven Spielberg let slip that it would be on its way to Universal Orlando "soon".
The Transformers ride utilises a very similar system to the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman attraction at Islands of Adventure. As with the movies it is based upon (and the earlier toys and cartoons), it features robots that "transform" into cars, planes, tanks and other vehicles. Riders are placed into the middle of a pitched battle between the human-friendly Autobots and the evil Decepticons.
Universal is gearing up for a major spending spree on new attractions at its US theme parks. Universal Studios Florida is believed to have greenlighted a budget of some $1.5 billion for the next 10 years, while sister park Universal Studios Hollywood is pursuing a $1.6 billion evolution plan.
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