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Steven Spielberg phones it in at the grand opening of Universal Studios Florida's "Transformers: The Ride - 3D"

Steven Spielberg phones it in at the grand opening of Universal Studios Florida's "Transformers: The Ride - 3D"

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I wanted to share a few photos (as well a quick, cute story) from last week's grand opening media event for "Transformers: The Ride - 3D."


Photo by Nancy Stadler

The Universal Orlando Resort invited myself, Nancy and Angela to the pre-opening party. Where -- no matter what direction you looked in -- you saw Transformers. There was an Optimus Prime & Megatron in ice sculpture form ...


Photo by Nancy Stadler

... an Autobots symbol carved into the side of a watermelon ...


Photo by Nancy Stadler

... even the tables that were laden with this event's elaborate dessert buffet were held up by Transformer-shaped stanchions.


Photo by Nancy Stadler

The next morning, hundreds of Transformers fans made their way to Universal Studios Florida ...


Photo by Nancy Stadler

... so that they could then whip their iPhones & Droids out and take pictures as Optimus Prime ...


Photo by Nancy Stadler

... and Bumblebee walked down the red carpet.


Photo by Nancy Stadler

Mind you, there were some really-for-real celebrities who also walked down the red carpet Thursday morning. These included voice acting legends Frank Welker (voice of Megatron) and Peter Cullen (voice of Optimus Prime).


(L to R) Frank Welker and Peter Cullen smile for the cameraphone.
Photo by Nancy Stadler

Now, who's that with Optimus Prime? No, it can't be ...


Photo by Nancy Stadler

Academy Award-winner Steven Spielberg (who's not only the executive producer of the "Transformers" film series but has also served as a creative consultant for the Universal Orlando theme parks for over two decades now) actually flew down to Florida to take part in the grand opening of USF's "Transformers: The Ride - 3D" ? How very cool.


Photo by Nancy Stadler

I'm specifically mentioning Mr. Spielberg because -- over the course of Thursday morning's grand opening ceremony -- I got to observe Steven doing something surprisingly goofy / normal.


Photo by Jim Hill

To explain: Given Spielberg's longtime association with Universal Studios, theme park officials -- of course -- gave him a primo viewing spot for Thursday morning's proceedings. To be specific: Right across from that temporary stage which had been set-up in front of the main entrance of "Transformers: The Ride - 3D."


Photo by Nancy Stadler

Now you'd think -- given that Steven has directed dozens of movies & TV shows over the past 30 years -- that he'd be at least a little bit jaded at this point. That it would take more than just full-sized replicas of Bumblebee ...


Photo by Nancy Stadler

... and Optimus Prime rolling through to impress Mr. Spielberg.


Photo by Nancy Stadler

That daytime fireworks and a squadron of jets passing noisily overhead wouldn't be all that impressive to the guy who helmed "Saving Private Ryan" & "War of the Worlds ."


Photo by Nancy Stadler

But that's where you'd be wrong. As soon as the "Transformers: The Ride - 3D" grand opening event got underway, Steven whipped out his cameraphone. And then -- just like everyone else in the crowd last Thursday morning -- Spielberg kept trying to capture as much of the action as possible by quickly moving his cameraphone for one scene to the other.


Photo by Jim Hill

I don't know why. But it just made me smile to see Steven Spielberg, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, acting just like the rest of us goobs who had turned out to watch the grand opening of "Transformers: The Ride - 3D" at Universal Studios Florida.


Photo by Nancy Stadler

And just in case you're wondering: Yes, I did use my own cameraphone to take the above pictures of Steven Spielberg using his cameraphone.

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  • That's awesome! Reminds me of the "celebrities: they are just like us" section of the weekly tabloids magazines where they show celebrities grocery shopping and stuff.

    Where in the park is this ride located? Did it replace a former attraction?

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