Universal Studios has recently opened a Transformers ride at its amusement parks in California and Singapore, and unlike the movies, the ride is being called "engaging" and "amazing." It puts 12 riders in a car that zooms through a 3D battle between Autobots and Decepticons who are destroying Chicago while they decide the fate of humans.

We haven't ridden it, but from reviews the ride appears to be so monumentally and immersively three-dimensional that it could almost qualify as augmented reality. The basic specs: two levels, five minutes long, 14 movie screens, some 60-feet high and curved and so large that one reviewer said he couldn't see the edges, images at four times HD resolution, a 5,000-watt, 14-channel sound system, and props, including drops of mist, steam and attendants in military camo that bark orders at riders.

It has been earning comparisons to what are considered the best rides in the world, but some of the most important rides ever, such as Pirates of the Caribbean. Even Disney's Imagineering theme park unit, who would like its Cars Land ride to get the same reception, has reportedly given the 3D Transformers ride the golf clap.

Scroll down to see the commercial for the ride, and a short clip of its grand opening last month.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Michael Bay ruined it for me, all three movies can't begin to compare to the original animated movie in any way except animation.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was able to ride this at a special preview event and rode it four times. Wow, it's pretty amazing. The length of the ride makes it a plus as well. I can't stand it when you wait in line at Disneyland for example only to get on a ride that is over just like that. I rode in each of the three rows and would say the middle row is the place to be. The rows are similar to theater seating but the middle gave me the best perspective. The sound, the action is top notch. A big thumbs up!
      Dan Bowles
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love you, Peter Cullen.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Unlike the movie, the ride is being called engaging and amazing"BUT like the movie, it'll make you feel like saying "what the hell is going on?!?" only that for the ride, it's actually a good thing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh, forgot to mention the Autobot you ride in is constantly running from the decepticons and doing reverse 180's with screeching tire noises and "smoke". Those parts really are FUN. Similar to how the Indian Jones ride takes you along a track tilting you and stuff except way faster and way better.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dunno about all you guys, but these "super immersive" rides make me sick/dizzy. So is riding shotgun with someone driving like an ass thru traffic... Maybe I'm just getting too old ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd rather watch a video of the actual ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqQ4hwN_-Pg
      JK Linx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Was going to say "cool they replaced the Back to the Future ride with a new, high-tech Transformers 3D experience!" but obviously this is NOT the Orlando location, and it shows how long its been since I've been there since the BTTF ride is long gone...