Universal Orlando Confirms the Return of Kong
Universal Orlando Resort this morning finally confirmed what we've been telling you for more than a year now — King Kong is coming back!
Image courtesy Universal Orlando Skull Island: Reign of Kong will open in summer 2016. Here is how Universal describes the attraction, in its press release: It begins as guests are transported deep into a wild and mysterious world, where their mission is to discover creatures of unknown origin – but where they are soon fighting for their own survival. Their journey will take them through an ancient temple inhabited by hostile natives, a perilous jungle ruled by prehistoric creatures, a foreboding underworld of caves concealing unspeakable terrors – and face-to-face with the colossal Kong himself.
And the video announcement:
VIDEO Image courtesy Universal Orlando
Universal has been building its new Kong attraction, on a parcel between its Jurassic Park and Toon Lagoon lands in Islands of Adventure. We
described the blueprints for the Kong attraction last year — the attraction will blend the 3D, 360-degree imagery of Universal Studios Hollywood's Studio Tour Kong encounter with the immense animatronics of Universal's previous "Kongfrontation" attractions. Photo by Renata Primavera
Here is how our writer Renata Primavera described the "Kongstruction" site on a visit this week: "Stuck right in the middle of the Jurassic Park and Toon Lagoon areas, the new construction definitely stands out against the blue, clear sky. Even knowing that it is due to feature the classic and terrible missed Audio-Animatronic version of our beloved King Kong, I was not expecting an attraction building that big and long; big enough to embrace the better aspects from both the Californian current version and the Orlando long-gone one, and with room for a couple more surprises.
"On the far left, visitors who have been to California will definitely recognize the rock formation in the shape of claw, which is also featured in the entrance of the Studio Tour Kong encounter. Is that also the entrance for us, visitors, in the ride? If so, why such a tall rock formation? If this doesn't ring a bell, the pictures printed on the walls all around the construction feature the same skulls and artefacts from the Peter Jackson.
"Interesting enough, visitors in the Orlando are getting so used to refurbishments and construction sites at Universal that they didn't even seem to be curious about what was going on there, passing by in a hurry to get to the next attraction in the park."
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This may well end up being the best ride attraction in Orlando. Long live the King.
Isn't this suppose to be a movie next year as well? The artwork looks out of this world. Islands of Adventure needs this last big attraction to make it more well rounded and also help die down the crowds at Harry Potter. I just hope they give Jurassic Park a very nice refurbishment soon were they fix all the animatronics and effects that have been needing repair for years... Can't wait for next year to see the finished product of Skull Island: Reign of Kong attraction. IOA equals E Ticket paradise.
Now THIS is how you "plus" an attraction from a sister theme park!
I am SOOOO excited about this!! Sounds like exactly the sort of attraction I was hoping for!
It's interesting that this is using the designs from the Peter Jackson version. I figured that it would be along the same lines as the new Kong film coming from Universal next year. Unless, they're part of the same continuity...
I have a feeling they are gonna do something special with this ride, maybe that's just my excitement. When I heard this was coming I was so happy about it. It shows Universal really does listen to its fans, not just its stockholders
This looks AMAZING. I love the fact that I can go to Universal Orlando in 2016 (four years since my last visit) and have so many amazing new things to see (Diagon Alley, Transformers, and Kong).
Here's some more details with other interviews with West. From Fox News, West says, "I do know it will be one of the longest rides we've ever done"..... In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times West says there will be crew member drivers but they won't be doing a comedy spiel like on Jaws....West says they didn't use actual film, they used a new media technique & new special effects never before attempted........From insider Teebin on OU, it will be 70% sets & 30 % screens.....From other insider's, it's looking like it's going to be a pure immersive atmosphere, massive sets & a 70 ft. entrance at some point, advanced AA's, and an encounter with Kong. unlike anything in the past....I'm really excited about the length of the ride. Too many attractions are only 2 to 4 minutes long, and they're over just as you're really getting into the ride. This one sounds like it will be quite long.
That is not plussing but multiplying time 100!
We drove by the back side of the park and the show building for this ride is massive!!! I can not wait! My wife and I decided when we go back in September we are going to purchase Universal Annual Passes and when our Disney AP's expire next May we might not even renew them! haha But we haven't been to Universal since the Feb after the original Wizarding World opened 5 years ago almost! So there are so many new experiences at Universal and IoA that we haven't got to take part in yet!.
Very exciting news! Although Google Earth shows the ride building to be substantially smaller than Forbidden Journey. Also seems smaller than Gringott's and MIB. Still it's great news for Orlando tourism.
It's funny that the artwork for the attraction shows ominous, dark cloud cover over the attraction, when in reality most days it will be bright and sunny in Orlando. Guess Universal hasn't yet figured out how to control the weather yet!
Let's keep in mind that the ride won't open for another year. That should suggest the amount of work that remains to be done. That's amazing to me, given how close that this project appears to being finished right now.
Hey, I tweeted a pic of the Kong site to TPI last Thursday. My picture was from the perspective of Thunderfalls Terrace looking back towards Kong.
Does anyone know when summer 2016 is? I'm there first week of June, is it likely to be open
As much as I like UO adding another gate crashing BIG BEASTIE ("Dinos and Dragons and Apes, oh my!") wondering when Universal Creative will pursue new concepts that appeal to families with smaller children. Kris V just eluded to the possibility of expanding Skull Island pushing the happy-go-lucky Toon Lagoon off the map.
34" height requirement (less than Barnstormer). Most anyone can ride.....The queue will be both covered outdoor jungle and indoor jungle and caverns where you are reportedly being chased? by natives...... More info from Orlando Weekly, Unofficial Guide, Touring Plans & OU contributor Seth Kubersky, "Kong will come to life with a combination of large scale 3D projections (similar but "not identical" to the Kong 3D feature on Universal's Hollywood tram tour) and also-if rumors I've been told hold true-new Animatronics that move in surprising ways. If you've grown weary of Universal's reliance on video screens, rest assured that a substantial portion of this attraction will be based on physical sets and practical effects."
If you all want to see lands that get up close and on top of each other, come visit Universal Studios Hollywood! Springfield and Hogsmeade literally touch one another out here.
"ancient temple inhabited by hostile natives"
"an ancient temple inhabited by hostile natives"
^^^It's part of every single representation of the Kong Mythos. If you want to represent the Kong movies successfully, you need them.
"Is this really how we portray indigenous cultures nowadays?"
It's a good time to be a fan of every themepark resort except Anaheim. That poor resort seems to have been abandoned by Disney. How many years can a premiere themepark resort go without a new attraction. If they started building a new attraction tomorrow, and they aren't, we would be looking at 6 years between RSR and the next attraction. That is insane, and even that isn't happening, so more than 6 years between new attractions. Poor Walts original park!!!!!
Yes, these "hostile natives" are part of the King Kong mythos and the movies. Within the whole franchise, their representation is problematic.
Awesome! How many E-tickets has Universal opened since Disney built Expedition Everest? Five? Six? Way to go, Universal!
Wow, didn't realize how there hasn't been a new Disney attraction over at the West Coast for quite a while! Kinda ironic, too. Disneyland is the original Disney park, quickly approaching its 60th birthday, and some of the franchises that Disney has under their belt are extremely popular nowadays (Frozen, Marvel, Star Wars...) and all
Unbelievable. Guess there's no off switch at Universal creative. They're bringing indiana jones ride to orlando since disney doesn't!
I thought Universal already brought Indiana Jones to Orlando with Revenge of the Mummy. I mean, the Mummy movies were always Indiana Jones rip-offs anyway!
I loved the original King Kong ride at Universal Orlando. This one sounds awesome. Looking forward to it.
"And, in reality, that's probably a lot more realistic. I mean, wouldn't you be a little defensive if an entire new race of people with superior weapons and technology invaded your home?"
"the Mummy movies were always Indiana Jones rip-offs anyway"
That concept art makes me drool. Start lining up now, to avoid the 5 hour wait times in the broiling Florida sun next summer!
Are they going to put back the Jurassic Park Gates?? we just got back and it was very disappoinng no having the gates when waliking into Jurassic Park...which land will Kong be considered, or will it be it's own?
Looks awesome-I'm sure it will be cool. Check their track record, summer 2016? Xmas 2016 it will still be in tech rehearsal.
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