Yep. Yet another trailer for a trailer that’s set to air during the Super Bowl on Sunday. This tease is for the new Transformers: The Ride – 3D that’s opening in May at Universal Studios Hollywood. The trailer is the very definition of a “tease”, but I was completely unaware of this ride until this tease was released. The ride “will tell a new Transformers story using original, photo-realistic 3D-HD media, sophisticated special effects masterminded by Indstrial Light & Magic, and one of the most elaborate roaming flight simulator ride systems ever created.” I’m assuming the ride will be along the lines of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal Orlando. I have ridden that, and it’s pretty damn cool. Universal has been keen on the immersive effects-heavy motion rides in recent years, as both The Mummy and the central Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando use similar technology.
Hit the jump to check out the teaser. During the full spot, which will air during the Super Bowl pre-game coverage, fans will be instructed to enlist at PrepareForBattle.com, which will kick off a viral campaign leading up to the ride’s opening in May.
Just last week we reported that Universal Studios might be bringing The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Hollywood. Today comes confirmation from Warner Bros. that Harry Potter is indeed coming to California. In addition, WB announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando will be expanding “significantly.” The park opened in June 2010 as part of Universal’s Islands of Adventure and has attracted muggles from across the globe to the tune of 7 million visitors. It’s no surprise that Orlando is expanding, given that the park was originally created to be as realistic as possible at the request of author J.K. Rowling. It appears she’s changed her mind after seeing the ridiculous amounts of people trying to fit into the narrow alleys of Hogsmeade cloying for Butterbeer.
Steve recently got the chance to visit the park in anticipation of the Blu-ray release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and you can read his recap which includes a hefty amount of images of the attraction here. No official timetable is given for the Universal Hollywood grand opening, but the previous report said the park would be ready no earlier than 2015. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
UPDATE: We’ve posted some images from this mornings event.
You may have seen our recent coverage of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando and thought to yourself, “Man, that looks awesome! But alas, Orlando is too far for this muggle.” For many of you, that distance will soon no longer be a problem. Universal is planning to build another Wizarding World at their Los Angeles site. Universal Studios Hollywood will have to remove or at least resize current attractions to make room for Wizarding World, which should be up and running no earlier than 2015. (Maybe “soon” is not the right word.) More after the jump:
There’s been a noticeable absence among the attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood ever since the great ape of Skull Island vanished from the premises. Nineteen months later, however, King Kong is ready to climb buildings and fight off biplanes once more. According to the LA Times, Peter Jackson (who remade the classic 1933 film) and a team of FX wizards (from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Visual Effects Animation) have put together a “more realistic” 3D experience after the original Kong was sadly destroyed in a fire on the theme park’s back lot in June 2008.
Universal began work on the attraction almost immediately after the original seven-ton, 30-foot-tall Kong was destroyed. Since technology had moved faster than animatronics, it was decided that the new Kong would be digital. It will also be entirely around the attendee thus giving the attraction the name King Kong 360 3-D, Created by Peter Jackson.
Hit the jump for the inevitable Avatar comparison and a preview of a moment from the ride that will have you buying tickets now.