Here's your first look at the new face of King Kong
May 15, 2016, 11:03 PM ·
Universal Orlando has released its first official glimpse at the new King Kong animatronic from its upcoming Skull Island Reign of Kong ride.
In the latest episode of its "The Making of Skull Island Reign of Kong" video series, Creative Director Mike West introduces the animatronic that represents the one true "King" of Skull Island.
"This isn't a movie - it's the real deal," West said. "Close enough that you'll feel his breath sweep across your skin and his thundering roar reverberate through every bone in your body."
Universal's original Kong animatronic was crafted by Disney Legend Bob Gurr and perished in a backlot fire at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2008. A second Kong animatronic, from Universal Studios Florida, was removed when that park's Kongfrontation ride closed in 2002.
Universal Orlando has asked reporters to "save the date" for a media event for Skull Island Reign of Kong on June 22-24. Fans are using the #ChanceofReign hashtag on Twitter to let others know when soft-opening "technical rehearsals" start for the ride.