Terminator Test

Journey across time and witness the Terminator and the Connor family – live – in this fantastic combination of special effects and actors alongside state-of-the-art 3D film.

Picture this: You’ve just been invited into the cold headquarters of Cyberdyne Systems to witness the their latest breakthrough – the Terminator autonomous unit, the latest advancement in computerized military and government defense.

However, not all appears well behind this slick public-relations demonstration as a group of individuals manage to infiltrate their headquarters, claiming to be somehow from the future.

Duration: 20 minutes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes, ask for assistance. Stationary seating is located in the center aisle of the theater.
Flash Photography and Video Taping Policy: Not allowed. Terminator is especially strict when it comes to this.
Height Restriction: No.
Child Switch: No.
Child Friendliness: 3: Parents should exercise strong caution –

Chances are, if you’re concerned with this section, your kid’s going to hate this. This show contains extremely loud noises, realistic gun effects and sudden jolts. In other words, think of taking your child to an action movie. If your child can handle that, then he or she should be able to handle this show – but again, be warned that this attraction is both loud and based off an R rated franchise.

As such, we’ve awarded this a very strong 3.

 
 

Terminator 2:3D is a great – albeit dated – live action show, combining excellent sound, spectacle and special effects in one formidable package. Though it’s always been a favorite among fans and 3D aficionados alike, it’s been surpassed by the likes of Transformers: The Ride and King Kong 360 on the Studio Tour – all of which have taken advantage of the recent advancements in 3D technology. Does its age ultimately hinder the attraction as a whole? Read one to see what our editors have to say!

Terminator 2: 3D is interesting. At times, it can be an extremely sophisticated mix of live action and 3D effects, but in other instances, it’s simply outdated with 90s era trends and motifs.

Despite it all, Universal preserves this attraction relatively well – for better or worse. Once you ignore the 90s era preshow and queue videos, the show still manages to capture audiences after all these years. Granted, it will never be on par with the sophistication of King Kong 360 or Transformers: The Ride, but then again – it’s not supposed to. Not with its age.

But ignoring all that, the show itself is extremely well done – with excellent integration of both live-action and prerecorded effects. The main auditorium still remains very impressive to this day – with archaic Terminators flanked on either side demonstrating the prowess and sophistication of a highly sought after defense contractor with a somewhat-malicious intent. Add to the fact that the cast and director from the original two Terminator movies have all agreed to reprise their roles in the production of this attraction, which makes this show authentic within the franchise. Plus, as an added bonus, many consider our version to be superior among the three copies worldwide (Hollywood, Japan and Florida), and based on personal experience, this still remains true.

But really, the show has rapidly aged. When you’re dealing with the “latest defense technologies,” you need to make an effort to update your stuff for the twenty-first century. Universal simply hasn’t done that, and it shows – and that alone makes me hesitant to give this attraction an extremely high rating.

Though if still you haven’t seen it, I still recommend that you at least check it out. Those that have watched the show can simply skip to something else. Nothing has changed over the years.

Scheduling: The show usually operates on hourly intervals. 30-minute intervals during peak hours. Definitely try not to miss it, but be aware that the show runs continuously. In other words, traditional shows like WaterWorld or Special Effects Stage should have priority.
3D Glasses: 3D glasses are available at the entrance of the queue and next to the preshow doors, so don’t feel flustered if you miss a pair for a friend.
Seating: Finding a seat you want is like winning the lottery, but please be sure to move towards the end of each row. Don’t make other guests walk around the seating area just to find an empty seat.
Personal Belongings: Belongings should be kept off the floor of the tram, and preferably on your laps.

Forums: Is that really Arnold? Ask our forums!
Photo Gallery: With all the restrictions in place, we’ll be upfront and say we don’t have that many photos. But check out our Terminator photo gallery for some shots of the queue.