Juan Ledezma Takes You on the Ride of Your ‘Transformers’ Life

When Juan Ledezma was a little boy, instead of drawing trains and cars, he drew amusement parks. 

Today, Ledezma is the attractions manager for Universal Studio Hollywood’s newest addition “Transformers: TheRide-3D,” which will open to the public next month, in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday, May 25th.

Fox News Latino went behind-the-scenes of the new ride before it’s opening, during a guided tour by Ledezma who confessed, “this is a dream come true, to open an attraction!”

The ride is based on the iconic brand from Hasbro and the film franchise, directed by Michael Bay. 

Its cutting-edge technology, action sequences and advanced special effects, will surely attract not only die-hard-Transformers fans, but also anyone looking for a fun, fast, thrilling ride.

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“The experience for visitors will begin as soon as they get in line for the ride,” said Ledezma.

On the building exterior hang two 30 feet tall “Transformers” characters—Optimus Prime and Megatron. 

Attendees will be greeted by real life personnel dressed in Military garb, who will be singing cadences such as “1,2,3,4 when I was a little boy, Optimus Prime was my favorite toy, sound off, 1, 2, 3, 4."

According to Ledezma this will add to the entire experience, making visitors feel they are part of the ride a not just getting on it. 

“We want to make people feel they are actually being recruited to join forces with the autobots to defeat the decepticons, who are ready to take over the earth,” Ledezma told Fox News Latino.

As part of the ride experience, visitors will become “Freedom Fighters” as Optimus Prime will proudly call them throughout the ride.

While they make their way in line, there are seven different interactive rooms that visitors will walk through where they will meet other military personnel and Autobots addressing them from video monitors on their life-saving mission. 

Other rooms will display “Transformers” paraphernalia such as a piece of Scorponok tail and the coveted last remaining “All-Spark shard” that is protected in high-security glass enclosure.

Before visitors finally board the flight simulator ride, they will need to put on specially designed state-of-the-art 3-D glasses.

Guided by “Transformers” hero, Optimus Prime, the motion-based thrill ride will tell an original “Transformers” story and put visitors right in the middle of it.

Thrill seekers then board the Autobot, “EVAC,” which holds 12-passengers. The vehicle pivots in all directions within a 360-degree rotation, while synchronizing with the 3D-HD media.  

Once boarded, visitors will experience two thousand feet of track, fourteen different screens, and will reach heights of up to 60 feet.

The technical team involved in creating “Transformers: The Ride-3D,”includes the special effects team of Industrial Light and Magic, award-winning filmmaker Michael Bay, the “Transformers” brand stewards at Hasbro, Inc., and the award-winning team at Universal Creative. “This is a ride like no other,” said Ledezma.

Aggressive movements simulate severe impact and physical interactions with Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and the other “Transformers” characters. 

All of the senses are stimulated, blurring the line between reality and the virtual world in which the story is set. A cool new ride for park visitors, and a life’s dream for a self-proclaimed “Transformers” nerd,

Juan Ledezma, who, much like his own hero Optimus Prime, will make sure everything runs smoothly while saving the earth from destruction!

Naibe Reynoso is a freelance reporter from Los Angeles, California.  She can be reached via her twitter: @NaibeReynoso

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