Restrictions and access
40 inches; has Express Pass access and a single rider line.
Two sentence insider summary
The Decepticons, lead by the ruthless Megatron, have brought the war to the streets of Orlando as they try to take possession of the AllSpark and enslave humanity. As a N.E.S.T. recruit, jump into this intense 3D simulator experience and join the new Transformer EVAC, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and the other Autobots to defeat Megatron and his Decepticon scum.
The ride houses 14 custom built screens towering up to 60 feet tall — Riders wear breakthrough 3D glasses that are far superior to traditional movie‑going 3D glasses — The ride races along 2000 feet of ride track at perceived speeds of up to 60 mph — 15 different Autobots and Decepticons are featured on the ride.
3 out of 5. The unique combination of state-of-the-art 3D projection, motion simulation, and intense battle sequences may be frightening to some. That being said, there is no actual high-speed movement and the storyline is no different than what you’ve seen in the Transformers movies.
This is the most popular attraction at Universal Orlando, likely to draw even bigger crowds than Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (at least for a while). As a result, expect wait times to be 60 to 90 minutes throughout most of the day, and up to 120 minutes in the middle of very busy days.
What you wish you knew before you experienced it
EVAC, your ride vehicle, is a Transformer and serves as the story’s narrator. This is important to know before the ride kicks off as it explains the voice your hearing and why your vehicle is getting involved in the fight.
Transformers characters now greeting guests
Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron now make regular appearances for guest meet-and-greets inside Universal Studios Florida. Although their hours are unpublished, they usually seem to come out between 10:00am and 4:00pm each day.
These characters are AMAZING, and this is one photo opportunity you do not want to miss…
Transformers: The Ride – photo gallery
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Transformers queue room 1: N.E.S.T training
Transformers queue room 2: AllSpark showcase
Transformers queue room 3: Scorponok tail
Transformers queue room 4: Megatron detected
Transformers queue room 5: EVAC safety instructions
Transformers loading/unloading areas
Transformers Express Pass & single rider queue
Transformers gift shop – Supply Vault
Optimus Prime figure
Said to be 28 feet tall and weigh 9 tons, this figure of the Optimus Prime set atop the attraction entrance is simply gorgeous.
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What you’ve seen on this page is our current information and media covering Transformers at Universal Studios Florida. But our coverage didn’t begin when the ride opened — not at all. We actually began covering this new attraction back in June of 2012 when it was just a rumor.
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Guest reviews of TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D
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One of the best 3D rides if not the best that I have EVER experienced here or at Disney. Great storyline, wonderful effects and ride flow. Minions for grown ups...or at least 16-year olds, middle-aged guys or fans of the movies and characters.
So sick of peoples negative remarks this ride was well worth the wait. Spiderman yes is a awesome ride. But transformers is worth the wait. You could actually feel the heat with thefires. The wind was crzy. Felt like we were really in the action battle. Amazing id do it again for sure cant waitto go again. Looking forward to it.
Both myself and my husband were shell shocked this ride is "awesome!" We were lucky enough to go at a quiet time and go on it lots of times it really is genius!!! Loved it love universal it's so much fun!
Rode Spiderman several times before this, and yes they're very very similar. Spiderman had better physical sets, but everything else (action, 3D, vechicle movements) is better in Transformers.
More intense than expected. I was sweating when the ride ended. But that didn't stop me from getting back in line! Can't wait to ride again :)
Pictures with Mega-tron before we went in. No long lines so we rode 2 times while we were visiting. Very similar to Spider-man. It had a great story continued through our and was actually longer than AI expected. I would highly recommend.
This is a simply amazing ride. While it is the same concept for Spider-man, it is FAR better. The transformers have been out every time I've gone by the ride. The movie is awesome, and I personally love the encounters with Bumblebee and Optimus Prime. The first time I rode I teared up at the end. It's definitely a MUST ride!
Let me begin by saying I am not a fan of the Transformers films. I was able to sit through part of the first one and that is about it. Do not judge this ride based on the films. Please, please, please do yourself a favor and realize that this incredible ride can be thoroughly enjoyed without any prior knowledge of the Transformers universe.
I consider myself someone who enjoys theme parks, especially innovative ride experiences. I like it when a park goes above and beyond in creating an all new type of experience. I heard that Universal had done something special with this ride and so I wanted to see it for myself. I brought two of the toughest critics I know with me to experience this new ride for the first time: my older brother and my wife. My older brother can be described as someone with a healthy skepticism of all things popular. My wife is not particularly a fan of roller coasters or Transformers.
What did we think? We were blown away. We were speechless. All three of us were giddy with joy as we exited the ride vehicle, still trying to process what we had just experienced. Words cannot do justice to the masterpiece Universal has put together in this ride experience. None of us had ever experienced anything like it before.
So what did we do? We got back in line.
Missed opinion of this ride
I have missed emotions about this ride. I know we went at one of the busiest times of the year. After standing in line for 4 hours (the ride broke down several times and this being one of the reasons I traveled from Maryland to Florida, the last break down we were the next people in line. We received fast passes. We did get to ride. My grandson, being the reason I stood so long, loved the ride, but he loves everything Transformers! I thought it was very similar to Spiderman. I was not thrilled with it.
So tired of the 3D rides...
What a disappointment! This ride is a perfect example of why I no longer purchase an annual pass! Too many 3D rides or "simulation" type rides and it just gets old. Harry Potter, Spiderman, Terminator, Twister, Disaster, I could go on and on...where are the thrill rides anymore?
This ride is amazing. It's just like the concept of spider man, but the action scenes are top notch. Even I between the screens are great details. The line for the ride is interesting. They did a great job of keeping to the story line, except for Evac himself. Best part of the ride for me was bumblebee. Squealed when we met him both in person outside the ride and on the ride itself!
We stood in a 90 minute line (w/fast pass) & it was well worth it. One of the top 3 rides at Universal.
I don't ride many rides because I have motion sickness, but I had to try this one once. I was impressed with the graphics and the overall feel of the ride. I felt like I was "in battle".
Spiderman is that you?
This ride was disappointing if you have ever been to Island of Adventures as well and rode Spider Man. It's the exact same ride only different movie/show. You think with how long it took to get up and all the creative minds at Universal they would have come up with something more original. I think my family and I waited in line for two in a half hours, and we all walked out saying "well that was a waste of time, but at least we can say we've been on it now". Meaning, not planning to ride that again in the future vacations to Universal and Island of Adventures. (Spider Man was more original, it's better than Transformers.)
AMAZING! ASTOUNDING! A MUST RIDE!!!!!
THE BEST RIDE AT UNIVERSAL FLORIDA BY FAR. THOUGH IT USES SIMILAR TECHNOLOGY, IT BLOWS SPIDERMAN OUT OF THE WATER.
As soon as we entered Universal Studios we went straight to the Transformers Ride (per the recommendation of the OI website). We only waited about 20 minutes in line, but the second we sat on the ride it had technical difficulties and we had to leave. That was a bummer! They did give us passes to use the Express Pass lane for entry later, which we did, and waited about 20 minutes in line that time as well.
As for the ride, it was very enjoyable though the 3-D felt a bit blurry at times. But it was great fun and everything I expected it to be.
Fun ride very similar to spider man but better. Key tip is single rider line is out of the sun and twice as fast
More than Meets The Eye!
Back in May, I remember seeing the Transformers characters meeting and greeting with guests. They were towering over all of the guests and are the most impressive meet-and-greet characters that I have ever seen. I enjoyed the 'Supply Vault'store and thought that the store had some impressive merchandise.
New Transformers 3D Ride
We were there when they launched the first "soft" guest trial of the ride towards the evening hours. When my husband found out they were offering it to the guests to try, he almost jumped out of his skin to run to the line. He waiting over 90 minutes and I've never seen a bigger smile on his face. He stated the ride was not only completely incredible and very well done, it was also very much worth the long wait in line and he'd do it again 3 times over. Our visit to Universal was one of our favorite days during our trip. Thanks for making such a perfect place for people to enjoy.
This is amazing. The walk through alone is worth the trip. Incredible, amazing, stunning. Surprisingly one of the best rides to date. Live up to the hype. And the movies.
It was ok
As an annual pass holder I was happy to see a new ride open for some diversity and with all the hype I expected a great new experience. It was ok. People say it is like Spiderman and it is and it isn't. I liked the set up before the ride and the ride itself was ok. I wouldn't wait over say 45 minutes for it. I still enjoy USF and IOA big time.
Very disappointed in this ride as it is an almost identical ride to Spider-Man. No need to do both rides so if Q is longer than an hour then just go to IOA and go on the Spider-Man ride for he same experience. Giving low rating as it wa a massive let-down
Great graphics and it was awesome seeing all the Transformers from the movies. It was very realistic as if you were really riding around in EVAC as you tried to escape with the Allspark. My only criticism was I felt like they were throwing us around too much. It was a little disjointed that at every turn there was another Decepticon waiting to attack. It didn't make sense how they moved around so quickly to find us again (if this was real). However, everything else was very well done. I'm just being nitpicky :)
The line can get ridiculously long. Make this the first thing you go to (or right after Despicable Me, the other ride that gets a really long line). However, they do a good job making it entertaining with videos when you are in line inside. The problem is you will stand outside for a while if the line is over 40 minutes and that can get boring quickly.
All in all, this is a must ride if you are in the park.
Hands down...amazing! The graphics are amazing and this was my favorite ride! I noticed that maintenance was needed before we got on the ride as well as the previous week? My seven year old loved the ride as well. We went to the ride as soon as the park opened and waited about 20 minutes. If you try to go any other time, you face 90 minutes plus wait times.
I felt like the all spark!
This ride was absolutely thrilling from beginning to end. I felt like the all spark and there were parts I was begging Bumblebee to come and save me. SO much fun! Felt like Shai Labouf the entire time!
Transformers 3D - Simply Amazing!
My wife and I visited USO and IOA to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We have been amusement park enthusiasts our entire married life, and USO/IOA are by far our favorite parks of all the parks we have visited - and we have visited quite a few!
As we were planning our trip, we were so thrilled about the opening of the new Transformers, the Ride 3D opening the summer of 2013, but were sadly disappointed to learn that the grand opening was not until June 20, two weeks after our planned visit. However, we learned through Orlando Informer that there would be 'soft openings' prior to the grand opening, and our excitement built exponentially. We broke out our DVDs of the Transformers movies, and watched all three prior to our trip.
When we arrived, we watched closely Dan's posts on Twitter for any movement at the entrance, and when we learned the ride was open we quickly made our way to the ride. The first day, after waiting in line approximately 60 minutes, we were finally in the EVAC! What a thrill. We rode the most amazing ride EVER! You not only watch, you actually feel like you are in the ride! The effects are beyond spectacular. I could not possibly think of any way it could be improved.
As we made our way under Megatron, heading to the exit from the ride, all of a sudden everything stopped! We sat there, in the EVAC, for about 10 minutes, waiting for the difficulty to be found and fixed, and soon we were moving again. When we got to the exit, we were told that since we were on the ride when it stopped, we could ride again, if we liked. If we liked!!! Wow, two times back-to-back. Could our anniversary trip get any better than that!?!
Well, I thought not, until we were able to get back on the ride again, this time on the date of our anniversary. My wife and I had been given special '40th Anniversary' pins to wear, and we had them on as we made our way once again to ride this fantastic attraction. When we got to the very front of the line, one of the NEST operatives noticed our pins, and began talking to us about our being at USO for our anniversary celebration. He then instructed us that upon exit from the ride, to come back through and he would allow us to ride it again! Wow! My wife and I were able to ride this amazing ride four times as we celebrated our anniversary.
Our only regret is that we were not there for the grand opening. As I have read accounts of the events of that day, I realize how special it would have been to be there for all the festivities. But, having been able to ride it four times, and to be treated like royalty during our visit - well, what can I say, I can't wait for our next visit to the parks. And believe me, it won't be long!
Well done autobots
Last time I was out in universal was during the Ne-yo concert, I heard they were going to open the ride that night so at the end of the concert I walked over to find it open. The wait at the time was 45 mins which amazed me. I would have waited 2 hours for this. I thought the ride was amazing, well put together.
The line inside is a bit cramped together but there is only so much space left to build in universal I can understand trying to put so much awesomeness in one place.
Yes, its like spiderman, but don't we all love spider man already? why wouldn't we love this? The 3D was great, the action was awesome and what can I say I LOVE IT. so guys, trust me when i say, do it.
autobots roll out
Where do I start. Watching the grand opening of transformers made my first trip to america complete. The ride was amazing. People are complaining it was like spiderman. You was riding Evac helping the autobots win the fight with megatron. How is that spiderman. The ride was as close as the real thing could be. Then your chance to meet the transformers ends your experience. I loved it loved it. Booking my next trip to orlando from england for next year. First stop will be transformers ride.
I'm sorry I thought this ride was done very poorly and there was no creativity to it. It was nothing more than a clone of the Spider-man ride. I was so excited to go see it, I know everything about the transfomers and I own both games that came out. I was disappointed that it was just like spider-man. The ride wasn't even okay. The whole time I am thinking they could something better to spice it up. The only thing that I thought was a little clever was that one part was evac was driving. Other than that it was nothing more than a just a clone. I thought the whole originality of transfomers was a complete waste of time.
Another thing that bothered me even more was the in the ride story they couldn't have came up with somehting to destroy Megatron, but use the same idea of the first movie. Personally if I had my way and money I would demolish it and then rebuild it to something better. I was so disappointed that there was no need to go to the spider-man ride I was already on it.
Transformers The Ride-3D
Pros: Thrilling and fresh. Hands down, the single most entertaining ride at Universal Studios right now. Everyone wants to know: Is it better than Spiderman 3D? Of course it is....
Cons: Very long wait lines (anywhere from 90-150 minutes); because it’s that awesome.
What You Missed at the Grand Opening: An extravagant red carpet ceremony featuring critically-acclaimed executive producer Steven Spielberg, Peter Cullen (the voice of Optimus Prime), and Frank Welker (the iconic voice of Megatron). Of course, greets and meets with the Autobots themselves and General Morshower (actor Glenn Morshower). The event was showered with explosives, fireworks, and an air force show above the masses. It was a once in a lifetime moment; you had to be there to appreciate it.
Don't call it Spiderman... or should you
My family took me to Universal/Royal Pacific to celebrate my birthday and ride Transformers. We waited past opening day to ride because of the hype and boy that was the best thing we could have done. Why? The day after they opened the Express Pass lines. I arrived at the ride at 9:08 a.m. to see the regular line at 120 minutes. We were able to use the Express lane to get through in about 20 minutes. As mentioned in a previous review I thought it odd the general would be talking about EVAC and saying his name only to ask who he was at the end of the skit. As we approached EVAC I noticed it was the same vehicle as Spiderman's SCOOP. Others noted the same but were politely scolded by onsite staff it was nothing like Spiderman... UH really?.. any hoooow. The ride has plenty of cool 3D graphics and live set items surrounding you, on your trip to save the Allspark, to give you the feeling the action is really happening. But so does Spiderman now that is has been digitized! While the graphics are totally new the transport system is over a decade old unlike the transport system used by Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The system works, the ride is very good but there are not any ground breaking tech used.
Best ride at Universal and IOA!
We went to Universal for the Annual Passholder event on June 10 and loved the ride! We went on it 5 times that day, 3 times Tuesday June 11 and 3 more on Wednesday. Clearly we loved it! Similar to Spidey, but MUCH BETTER! Great visuals and FX, love the sets and interaction with the 3D and the ride.
The best ride I had yet to ride on. Spiderman was my number one but this ride topped it. It was like you were in it.
If you've ridden Spider-Man, it's the same exact ride.
I think the title says it all. I would have expected them to be able to come up with something more impressive (or at least different) in the last 13 years, but it's virtually identical to the Spider-Man ride at IOA. I can't think of anything Transformers does that's fundamentally better in any way. If anything, I think Spider-Man is the more enjoyable ride (it at least has actual flame effects). Transformers has a lot of hype, but in my mind, it failed to live up to it. It's not a bad ride by any means, but it's nowhere near where it could have and frankly *should* have been. 4/5
Amazing! Must ride!
I thoroughly enjoyed this ride! I am a season pass holder so I was able to ride it many times during my recent trip to Universal! The first time I rode it, about a quarter into the ride there were technical issues. We were given passes to come back later in the day when it was fixed and skip the line. After that, the ride didn't have any more technical issues when we rode it! The screen and the actual building itself blend in so well that you really feel like you are experiences everything in real life! Its one of my new favorite ride and definitely better than Spider man at Islands of Adventure! Five Stars!
Went today for Passholder preview! Let us into the parks at 730am, and the ride opened at 8am! Rode 4 times in a row within an hour! Great ride...smooth and fun! I didnt even realize the first time that it is on two levels! I paid attention around me the 3rd trip and watched the rise and fall lol My new favorite ride in Orlando Period!
Blew me away
Totally amazing ride. A perfect combination of what works best in both Amazing Spiderman and Harry Potter rides. Imagine the speed of the Spiderman ending sequence throughout the entire ride and you get a good idea of what makes Transformers so good. The action flows seamlessly from scene to scene and the track technology is synched perfectly with the action. Universal has really set the bar high here... can't wait to see what they've got in store for the new Harry Potter expansion.
rode it twice
Very much worth the wait. As good as anticipated. Absolutely similar technology to Spiderman ( update there is great as well), but more explosive and exciting. Universal does it again.
Totally awesome! HD 3D is fantastic! Bold vivid color and action! Can not wait to ride again!
Maybe I was too excited
It may have been that I drove 3 hours through rain to get there Friday night only to see it breakdown and close 3 rides before my turn. Imagine my excitement when the tweet came through was open Saturday am!! Turned around, Valet'd car, and speed walked over to USF. Secret entrance wasn't open yet so on to the main. Drenched in sweat I made the line, 20 mins later was inside. The line is awesome. The ride - very spider man like. Many of the same effects. But looked better. I really wanted more life size real transformers throughout the ride. They were all video.... Well except one at the end. All in all a cool ride and I am thankful to OI for the update. I joined twitter for that sole reason.
Can't wait to try the energon.
awesome! even for non movie watchers
Having never seen the movies, I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this, but it was great! Just enough twists, turns & special effects.
The only negative I see with this ride is its aesthetics. The building looks horrible and clunky. But the actual ride is phenomenal. The fire, water, speed and drops constantly surprised me. Very similar to the spiderman ride at Islands Of Adventure, which is still my favourite. But this is a close second. Definitely check it out! Transformers the ride is a success!!!!
Good, Not Great
I decided to make an impromptu trip over to Universal at about 8 to see if I could squeeze a ride or two in before closing. Being a single-rider, I took advantage of the separate queue to shave some of the wait off. I was generally very impressed with the theming in the queue, but I was a bit surprised to see some of the random AV devices they were using to make the walls look more hi-tech. I had a very hard time following the plot of the pre-ride videos. I don't think I ever quite figured out why the one guy was all by himself in an exploded room. And it's odd that the General mentions "EVAC" 4-5 times in the video and then has to ask someone what the thing's name is. I found the ride to be more of the same--incredible theming and graphics (and special effects), but I couldn't follow the battle sequences. Maybe I'm not wearing my "willful suspension of disbelief" cap quite tight enough, but I had a hard time with the plot & how the whole thing played out. I get that it's a ride, but I just felt like they could have done better with it for $100M. I know mine isn't the most popular opinion, but it just didn't really do it for me. The highlights for me were the hot air effect & the downed Megatron in the ceiling at the end.
Technical Rehearsal Transformers: The Ride-3D
At Universal Studios Florida, on June 05th, 2013 around 3pm, I went to the line of the Technical Rehearsal for the Block Buster Summer Ride the TRANSFORMERS: THE RIDE-3D. The wait time at the moment I enetered the line was 79 minutes. But, the wait was well worth it. The experience inside was so amazing of all the new advanced technology inside the building. The experience of the ride itself, was awesome! The ride is similar to Island's of Adventure's The Amazing Spider-Man Ride. I enjoyed every minute of being in line to the end of the ride. The speed of the ride was fast, the seats were comfortable, the 3D experience was incrediblely clear seeing the transformers transforming into their characters, and I adored the special effects. Thank you Universal Studios for bringing Transformers into a ride because now, I can ride this ride over and over and over again once it opens to the public on June 20, 2013. If you like fast speed cars fighting, like seeing in 3D, and enjoy the Transformers franchise, then this is the ride you definitely don't want to miss out on.
My son and I were lucky enough to ride Transformers The Ride during a preview today. The theming of the ride building and area is amazing! The music makes you feel as if your part of the movie. The ride que is very detailed. I wish we had more time to enjoy it, but everyone was in such a rush to get on the ride we could not stop. The ride itself is amazing. Lots of action and special effects. The battle scenes make the rider feel involved. I really enjoyed Bumble Bee's appearances during the ride. My favorite part was seeing the "old" Bumble Bee at the very end of the ride. Can't wait to ride it again.
Universal has a blockbuster ride for the summer! Not only is it a great ride, it IMO, is one of the best rides Universal has done to date. If you're a fan of the Spider-Man ride, this is like Spider-Man on crack. Great experience from the moment you enter the queue until when you exit the ride. The elements put YOU right in the middle of a Transformers movie, including the infamous "slow-mo" shots featured in the films. Move over Seaworld's Antartica, this is THE summer ride for the year! Bravo Universal!
This was my first visit to Orlando, Florida and my first visit to Universal Studios. Me and my sister-in-law were keeping one eye always fixed on Facebook and Twitter to see if Orlando Informer had posted anything on the subject of Transformers: The Ride. On our second day I made my first visit to Studios and towards the end of the day there was a large group of people waiting around outside of the Transformers entrance. 1 hour later it opened and we eagerly joined the queue in which we queued for only 20 minutes. The queuing pathway is very immersive and entertaining with numerous videos and screens. We got onto the ride and I can already say it is one of the best rides I have ever been on! The ride was amazing and seamless as well as entertaining and immersive! It was so much fun and I am aiming to go on it again before I go back to England! Thank you to Orlando informer for keeping me up to date with #Battlewatch!
My family and I were fortunate enough to ride Transformers during the second night of soft openings. We could not have done it without all of the up to the minute tweets from Orlando informer! We all loved the ride, from the great theming in the ride queue, to the seamless motion of the ride itself. I usually get a little queasy on these types of rides, but not a bit on Transformers! Some say it is too much like Spider-Man, I disagree! I can only stomach that ride once a trip, and I would ride transformers multiple times in a row if I could. Very realistic, the immersive quality of the ride is great! If you meet the ride requirements, Ride!!!
UNMISSABLE - Fact.
Me and my family came to Orlando in the late May from London on our third visit to the incredible place we call Universal Orlando Resort. The two previous times we have stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel, however we stayed at the unbelievable Royal Pacific Resort, we loved it. Right from the start of the holiday there was a sense of possibility in that we could actually get on Transformers, after one week with no sorts, our last day threw up the goods, it was open! Ignore any ideas that the ride is the same as Spider-Man, yes there are similarities but nothing to create any fuss about. The ride in itself is a simulator experience but beefed up, it seems have more about it than Spider-Man and the others, I think this comes from the effects that have been added, it just seems so real and so thrilling. The building of the ride is humongous, the queue is very impressive and the ride is an experience ! The Transformers Ride will be a great success at USF and I look forward to seeing what others think of it, roll on a great future at Universal Orlando and here at the best website for anything regarding Universal Orlando Resort, have a great day !