Transformers Ride Opens At Universal In June

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Autobots Optimus Prime and Bumblebee at the official Universal Orlando announcement about Transformers ride opening. (Source:2012 Universal Orlando Resort.)

Autobots Optimus Prime and Bumblebee at the official Universal Orlando announcement about Transformers ride opening. (Source:2012 Universal Orlando Resort.)

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ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — Bumblebee and friends will start thrilling fans in Florida in less than two months.  Universal Orlando says its new, 3-D theme park ride based on the Transformers toy brand will open June 20.

According to a news release, the ride is an interactive, “larger than life battle” between the Autobots and Decepticons. It uses flight simulator technology, along with wind, heat and smoke to make the riders feel immersed in the experience.

The theme park plastered an 80-foot Transformers display on the side of an Orlando office building this week to drum up excitement for the opening.

The park announced its plans Thursday. The ride was created under license from Hasbro, Inc.

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