Photo Gallery: Universal Orlando Announces Transformers Ride for Summer 2013

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Last night, Universal Studios Florida let the least uncertain cat since Schroedeger's out of the bag, and finally admitted that the massive structure under construction in the middle of the park is indeed the future home of Transformers: The Ride.

Theme park industry insiders have been predicting for months that the rapidly advancing (but officially non-existent) project would be an East Coast clone of the 3-D virtual reality ride that's already been a huge hit at Universal's Hollywood and Singapore parks. The shocker is that the E-Ticket attraction is scheduled to open in Summer 2013, months before optimistic observers had expected.

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I'll have more details on the announcement, along with analysis of Disney's latest game-changing revelations, in next week's Live Active Cultures column. In the meantime, here are some photos from last night's unique presentation, which served as a prelude to the nightly Cinematic Spectacular show.

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