Friday, October 14, 2011

Theme Parks Summer 2012: Universal's Transformers vs Disney's Cars Land!


SUMMER  2012

Hey Sasaki Time fans! It's time to discuss who will win the theme park battle next year between two Southern Californian theme parks Titans! In one corner, Universal Studios introducing Transformers: The Ride and in the other corner, Disney California Adventure with Cars Land! No matter the outcome, the winner will be us, the theme park ride junkies! Let's take a look at the contenders, starting with Universal Studios Transformers: The Ride!

Universal Studios Hollywood Transformers: The Ride

When this was announced in October 2008, I know a lot of fanboys and girls that couldn't believe that a Transformers attraction was finally going to be built!

In April 2010, both Backdraft and and the Special Effects Stages closed to make way for this new attaraction. Speculation is that it will utilize the ride system that is being used on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man attraction at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando. If you haven't seen The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man attraction take a look at the behind the scenes video below:

Pretty amazing right? Can you imagine how Transformers will be when you combine this technology with audio-animatronic figures? Universal is already calling this the greatest attraction ever built and this comes after their incredible Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction. Universal has said that the Transformers: The Ride queue is 30 minutes of story to immerse you into what is happening before you get onto the attraction. Let's take a look at some of the conceptual artwork for the queue below:

Transformers: The Ride is expected to open in Spring of 2012.

Disney California Adventure Cars Land:

As part of a massive $1.3 billion makeover, is Cars Land, a 12 acre new land to Disney California Adventure. This brings an end to the "extreme theme park makeover" as I like to call it.

Cars Land brings the town of Radiator Springs from the movie Cars and Cars 2 to life. You will find all the stores and restaurants that you love and three brand new attractions.  The attractions are Luigi's Flying Tires, Mater's Junkyard Jamnboree, and Radiator Springs Racers.

Take a look at the concept art for Luigi's Flying tires:

Here is Mater's Junkyard Jamboree:

This is one of the vehicle's for Mater's:

The grand mega E-ticket is Radiator Springs Racers:

Here I am standing in front of one of the ride vehicles for Radiator Springs Racers!

Here is some ride testing video of Radiator Springs Racers:

Take a look at some of the construction of Cars Land:

I cannot wait to turn on this high bank!

This is going to become Flo's V8 Cafe!

Remember The Cozy Cone Motel? Well this will actually be a snack stand and each cone will serve a different snack. One may serve pop"cone" for instance!

Check out Cadillac Range!

Cars Land is expected to open in Summer 2012.

It will be an epic summer for theme park fans! I cannot wait to ride all the new attractions and check out the new areas!  Who do you think will have the best new attraction of 2012? Tell me which new attraction are you looking forward to!

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