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Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time
Website: Universal Studios Florida Homepage
Ride Type: Interactive Movie
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.2323
TPC Overall Rank: #107 out of 2890 rides.
Reviews: 112
Last Review: 7/3/2010 2:51:00 AM
In User Top 10: 35 times.
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3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up CoasterCrazy111 on 7/3/2010 2:51:00 AM
Its another weird 3-D rides where the 3-D's get really close to you. Its full of live action, 3-D effects, and special effects. I waited 20 minuets for this ride. The theater holds many people so if you are in line inside the building you most likley will get inside the theater. This ride also has comedy at the beggining and a hot spokes girl. You will be put into a room and a commercial will play abour Cyberdyne, who are creating a new future. Something happens at the end of the commerical, a warning from the future. When its done you get put into the theater. Then things go wrong when someone from the future shows up. Then the 3-D starts. Things go wrong in the future and I won't spoile it for you. This ride desevers a 7/10 it's intertaining as hell but just another average 3-D ride with bad acting. It's like a boring movie with cool 3-D effects. The actors look like the real ones. People love this ride but its not my cup of tea. Don't ride this ride if you have small children, get sick when watching 3-D, hate loud noises and hates movies.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jesussaves on 6/19/2009 10:02:00 AM
This is a great show. It mixes a 3D movie with lasers and other special effects, and also has live actors interacting with it all. The 3D movie looks great and the action on stage is great with the motorcycle and all. Even the preshow with the receptionist is great and very funny. Not to be missed. Overall rating 5.0

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 12/16/2008 7:10:00 PM
Arnold Schwarzenegger is synonymous with the Terminator, one of the most renowned sci-fi movie series of all time thanks to the pulse-pounding action stuffed throughout the trilogy. Universal must have realized that they had a winner in Terminator so they attempted to bring that incredible action to a theme park attraction, and more specifically a revolutionary 3-D movie. Bringing such a popular movie to the screen definitely is a daunting task, but I can say with confidence that Universal passed the test with flying colors.

Anchoring the Hollywood segment of the park, Terminator has a very futuristic looking exterior that definitely captures the power and intimidating nature of the films. Just make sure that you get showtimes for the attraction, since unlike with Disney’s 3-D films, they don’t just show them back-to-back-to-back. Instead there are huge gaps in between showtimes. But don’t worry, the theater is gigantic so as long as you know when the attraction begins, you will definitely be able to obtain one of the theater’s many seats.

Well, the attraction begins with a very well executed pre-show where Cyberdyne pitches their innovative, futuristic devices to make life more convenient and easier. However, Cyberdyne’s pitch is interrupted by Sarah and John Connor who warn that Cyberdyne’s advanced robotic systems will remove the human element completely, making for a world dominated by robots. Their biggest concern is an incredibly intelligent defense system- Skynet. One last note about the pre-show though, that “super” hostess really got on my nerves with her high-pitched voice.

Once entering the gigantic (I just can’t stress how huge it is), I donned a pair of 3-D glasses and was treated to a truly revolutionary 3-D attraction. While the Simpsons definitely has any comedy one could ever want in a theme park attraction down pat, T2 crams far more action into its 10+ minute film than most movies can stuff into a 90-120 minute film. It’s just remarkable and there isn’t a dull moment at all in the film, as it just jumps straight into the action from the get go! Arnold reprises his role from the films and does an incredible job along with the other actors at capturing the overall atmosphere and serious tone featured in the movies.

The 3-D was flawlessly executed and some of the best I’ve experienced, possibly only triumphed by Animal Kingdom’s Tough to be a Bug. In fact, it was so good that I felt it was even underutilized at times. Nonetheless, whatever 3-D effects Universal did include were just stunning, especially the breathtaking liquid man when he claws at the audience. That scene just made me jump, as it was sudden and strikingly realistic.

One last element that was really ingenious and flawlessly executed were the live-action portions. The transition from the big screen to live-action performances by strikingly similar actors was flawless, and I was just left in awe by it. Not only that, but 4-D effects are also utilized such as smoke, and my personal favorite, the Terminator animatronics which definitely enhance the overall atmosphere and tone of the attraction immensely. Oh yeah, and one of my favorite scenes definitely is when a Terminator murders that hostess, much to my and everyone else’s delight (it got a massive round of applause)!

T2 is just an incredible all-around attraction from start to finish that anyone, especially a fan of the series, should definitely plan on hitting while at Universal. Just the effects, especially the stunning 3-D and flawless transition from live-action to the big screen and vise-versa, are awe-inspiring. Also, the pulse-pounding excitement lasts the entire duration of the attraction, which is incredibly long, even for a 3-D show, a definite plus. The only real negative about the attraction is the finale- immediately after the conclusion of the film, Universal dumps the 1000+ guests who have just seen the attraction into a very small gift shop, leading to everyone being packed in like sardines. Nonetheless, T2 is just an all-around great attraction that combines the pulse-pounding action one has come to expect from the Terminator series with stunning special effects.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Brian4663 on 11/22/2008 5:10:00 PM
Big Arnold fan here. Loved all 3 films in the trilogy. As for the show, it is good and I think they did the best they could for what they have. This show was an appreciation from Universal to the fans. Check this one out before you go home.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SFne201004 on 3/24/2008 9:02:00 PM
This was pretty cool, but the preshow was long and very annoying.

4 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up hulkamania on 12/30/2007 12:09:00 AM
The show was pretty good,
the guys started to shoot fake guns or whatever that was cool.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up roxy on 12/26/2007 5:08:00 PM
i actually thought it was kinda lame. plus its really old and the effects seem just a little outdated. maybe they should replace it. its still ok though.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Coastmost on 9/9/2007 11:40:00 AM
Excellent show. Really immerses you in it, and you feel as if youre there. I almost got up and left when the voice said to get out. Also great effects and 3d. I suggest to see it if youre there.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Knootz on 7/8/2006 8:57:00 PM
This got to be the best 3D movie that Ive ever seen in my life. What really amazes me is that this show came out ten years ago but through out the course of this decade no other 3D film could ever beat it. The incredible sound and visual effect really gave me the feeling of "WOW". This is THE BEST theme park in the world.

4 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sowinski on 7/7/2006 12:18:00 PM
Unlike many people, who have reviewed this ride, I think that the pre-show, with the annoying Cyberdyne lady is the best of the live acting in the show. Of course, this excludes the scenes shown on the screen, using the actual actors from the movie. The pre-show is a little long, but I found that it helps immerse you in the storyline that is to come and is excellent at defining your role in the upcoming movie experience. I find that many of these types of shows either lack this element or execute it poorly. The storyline is entertaining, the specially filmed movie elements are good, the 3d and sensory parts are great, and the live terminator robots look awesome. This attraction is an edit and some acting lessons away from being a 10.

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