Austin Mahone met the Transformer characters – Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots and Bumblebee – at Universal Orlando Resort on Friday (March 22). Austin was hanging with his new friends before his live performance at the park’s Mardi Gras celebration.
It sounds like the 16-year-old was glad to be back in Florida after a stay in California. He tweeted, “Just landed!!! (: Good to be back in Miami!”
In a recent interview Austin talked exclusively with Celebrity Teen Scoop and the YouTube star addressed all those comparisons to another young heartthrob – Justin Bieber. “I think it’s great because he’s so successful and so talented, but I think it can get annoying sometimes because I’m not trying to be just like Justin Bieber,” he said.
“I’m trying to do my own thing, be my own person. I think people only see that because I’m 16, a young boy – but I’m really trying to make a name for myself and without having to be ‘the next Justin Bieber.'”
Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras, runs Saturdays and select nights through April 20. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are currently greeting guests outside TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, opening this summer at Universal Studios Florida.