Recruits on the new Transformers ride opening at
in spring 2012 will join the heroic Autobots in an intergalactic battle against the villainous Decepticons.
motion simulator dark ride with high-definition 3-D images, special effects and animatronics will feature an original storyline starring the shape-shifting robots capable of changing into cars, trucks and planes.
Hyperbolic Universal officials are already calling the new
"the greatest ride in theme park history."
That's quite a boast, but Universal built what many consider to be the world's greatest ride in 1999 with the
only to surpass it with the 2010 debut of
– both at
. The new Transformers attraction in
is expected to employ a ride system similar to Florida's Spider-Man.
Universal has tapped the voice actors from the "
" film series as well as Industrial Light and Magic to create the 3D characters and visuals for the ride, which
reports will cost "significantly more" than $40 million.
is also on board as a creative consultant
he didn't like the initial storyline and wasn't involved in the project when the ride was first announced in 2008.
During the queue pre-show, riders will be recruited for a mission by the
to join the Autobots in an alien robot showdown with the Decepticons.
Concept art for the queue shows a control room with video screens explaining the ride's back-story and the AllSpark containment chamber with a glowing module containing the source of life for all Transformers.
Riders will be transported through the
attraction in a blue Autobot vehicle with three rows of seats known as Evac, according to Universal officials at Comic-Con.
During the ride, visitors will fly above city streets and through high-rise buildings onboard Evac while battling a Decepticon robot named Ravage, according to the
Along the way, riders will encounter Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Starscream and other Transformers characters.
, a robotic animal stands atop a military-like vehicle as riders pass the blacklight-lit montage. Another scene shows the Bumblebee robot in action surrounded by military planes, tanks and helicopters.
An identical version of the Transformers ride will open this fall at