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Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time

Location:Orlando, Florida, United States
Theme Park:Universal Studios
Year Built:1997
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Originally debuting at Universal Studios Florida in March of 1997, this futuristic thrill ride was years ahead of itself in technology. What made this a technologically advanced attraction, you ask. Well it was all in the filming. In order to create the illusion of three dimensions, two cameras had to simultaneously film every sequence. Which wasn’t too bad until the complicating finale where interlocking 3-D images across multiple screens was necessary. This filming technique had never been done before. Further complicating the filming, the filmmakers chose to shoot the action on high-resolution 65mm film stock. This made it necessary to use cameras approximately four times larger than standard equipment. However these cameras weighed 450 pounds and were as bulky as a washing machine, but they also had to be highly mobile. In the end the production team configured an elaborate pulley system that allowed them to sweep the cameras at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour, literally flying through explosions. All of this has made this attraction a mesmerizing mix of amazing 3-D cinematography, digital graphics, special effects, and live-action stunts.

As guests join forces with the Terminatorin a battle to prevent mankind’s extinction at the cold, steel hands of those intimidating cyborgs. This epic battle immerses guests right in the middle of a 360-degree action packed battle; as they dodge plasma blasts, will feel objects whooshing past them, and see robots seemingly pop right off the screen towards you. There is even a custom built Harley Davidson “Fat Boy” made especially for this stunt show.

The show features both familiar characters from the Terminator movies and an array of all new characters, it’s a totally unique experience that will have you saying “Hasta la vista, baby” to entertainment as you know it.