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Transformers—those toy robots from the 1980s that you turned and twisted into trucks and planes—have been around long enough to go from commercial to kitsch to cool and back again. Thanks to director Michael Bay's recent movie trilogy, "Robots in Disguise" are again a blockbuster global franchise, and Transformers fans finally received a theme-park attraction befitting their pop-culture idols. Recruits to this cybertronic war enlist by entering the N.E.S.T. Base (headquarters of the heroic Autobots and their human allies) beneath a 28 foot tall statue of Optimus Prime. Inside an extensive, elaborately detailed queue, video monitors catch you up on the backstory. Basically, the Decepticon baddies are after the Allspark, source of cybernetic sentience. We're supposed to safeguard the shard by hitching a ride aboard our friendly Autobot ride vehicle EVAC, presumably without getting smooshed like a Lincoln in a souvenir penny press when he shifts into android form. Needless to say, Megatron and his pals Starscream and Devestator won't make things easy, but you'll have Sideswipe and Bumblebee (in his modern Camaro form; look for an old-school VW Beetle in the final scene) backing you up. For the ride's 4.5 minutes, you play human Ping-Pong ball in an epic battle between these Made in Japan behemoths.

To do justice to this Bay-splosion-packed war of good versus evil, Transformers harnesses the same ride system behind Islands of Adventure's Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride, and ups the ante with photo-realistic high-definition imagery, boosted by dichroic 3-D glasses (the same kind used in the upgraded Star Tours) that produce remarkably sharp, vivid visuals. The plot amounts to little more than a giant game of keep-away, and the uninitiated will likely be unable to tell one meteoric mass of metal from another, but you'll be too dazzled by the debris whizzing by to notice. Fanboys will squeal with delight at hearing original cartoon actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker voicing the pugilistic protagonists, and then spill into the post-ride gift shop to purchase armloads of exclusive merchandise, while the rest of us might need a bench on which to take a breather afterward. We'll admit slight disappointment at not getting to see an actual four-story-tall animatronic transform, but the ride's mix of detailed (though largely static) set pieces and video projections was likely a much more maintenance-friendly solution for bringing these colossi to life. Either way, this is one of the most intense, immersive thrill rides found in any theme park.

Touring Tips

This ride draws crowds-your only solace is that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley draws even larger throngs. Follow our touring plan to minimize waits. The single-rider line will get you on board faster, but as singles lines go, this one of the slower ones, and will be closed off if it becomes backed up. Finally, it’s hard to focus on the fast-moving imagery from the front row; center seats in the second and third rows provide the best perspective.

Transformers: The Ride-3D Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Transformers: The Ride-3D when you visit on a day with a given Universal Studios Florida Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Transformers: The Ride-3D Wait Times.

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