Universal Orlando King Kong construction update
Last week, we had the opportunity to preview new attractions in Universal Orlando's near future
. But we took a few moments to look at attractions coming in the resort's more distant future, as well.
Construction is well underway for the new King Kong attraction at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park. Here is the Kong construction site, located between Toon Lagoon and Jurassic Park. That's Hogwarts Castle in the far background, and the elevated tracks at the treeline are for the Pteranodon Flyers ride in Jurassic Park.
Right now, Universal's contractors are clearing the site. We're still a bit away from any vertical construction.
But we know from Universal's various building and site permit applications what the footprint of this new project will be.
At his "State of the Universe" speech during the Diagon Alley media event last week, Universal Orlando President Bill Davis promised "new announcements" in the months to come about future developments at the resort. Perhaps one of those announcements will be an official confirmation of Kong, or perhaps more information about the fifth on-site hotel Universal is developing. Or both. Until then, "Kongstruction" continues.
This makes you wonder what is next in the pipeline... I am absolutely sure Universal Creative is already planning the next 2 or 3 additions after Kong.
Whenever I get my hands on actual blueprints for new attractions, you all are the first to hear about them!
I assume if this is Kong, it will be substantially different from Hollywood, which is basically one room with a tram attack. I wonder what they are planning? It would be great if there are many more scenes than the short film in the Studio Tour and they use practical sets also (like the Forbidden Journey.)
I am a huge fan of Universal's expansion efforts on the rides and attractions, less so on the hotel developments.
Fifth new hotel already? Any idea where that is going? I think I saw that an area near Cabana Bay is already being worked on.
I think a 5th hotel is in the works, and as far as I know, Gringott's has Express but Hogwarts Express does not.
Does anyone know if the new Kong ride will be a mix of AAs and 3D? They already did Kong 3D at Universal Hollywood.
Wow...So impressive. Wha'ts next? New Jurassic Park ride? (Jarassic Park World--4th movie releasing next year.) Kid-Zone closure this fall and an new kids land created? Twister and T2 on chopping block?!?! Toon-Lagoon re-themed? Fear Factor to close, to be replaced by HP Minstry of Magic ride?? I wonder if I correct about any of these things? LOL
Wow...So impressive. Wha'ts next? New Jurassic Park ride? (Jarassic Park World--4th movie releasing next year.) Kid-Zone closure this fall and a new kids land created? Twister and T2 on the chopping block?!?! Toon-Lagoon re-themed? Fear Factor to close, to be replaced by HP Minstry of Magic ride?? I wonder if any of my predictions will come true... LOL ***3rd gate---Lord of the Rings???
My only source on Twister and T2 was a Universal booking agent.. we talked for a while and he said "Enjoy them as much as you can on this trip".
NB: Parkscope has just discovered the permits for more additional hotels at Universal. One looks like a tower hotel (no Express passes) next to the Royal Pacific adding 1000 rooms plus additional convention space on the lot between Cabana & Royal Pacific. Also looks like plans for a smaller 400 room boutique hotel (no express passes), also on that plot or Cabana plot.
It seems like King Kong has staying power. For some reason, it keeps coming back after destruction after destruction.
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