Neil Trama

Published: March 23, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Sounds great. I wonder if they could modify this and bring it to Orlando in some fashion. I know they recently got rid of their Kong attraction but it seems like this could be the perfect thing to open up in a few years to remind guests that there's a reason to visit the Universal park that doesn't have Harry Potter.

That is, unless they want to give us the Battlestar Galactica ride, which I'd be up for in a heartbeat.

Tyler Stover

Published: March 23, 2010 at 3:20 PM

It sounds good, but I'm just not thrilled with 3D movies. It seems like that's the solution to every theme park problem now, and I feel like eventually all theme parks will be 3D movies and motion simulators. I kinda like good old solid physical effects.
James Rao
Writer

Published: March 23, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Sounds like it will be awesome... and I am genuinely jealous of your access, Robert! Thanks for sharing. I look forward to this attraction and many others when I make my way to So Cal in 2012.
Joshua Counsil

Published: March 23, 2010 at 5:07 PM

I wasn't thrilled with the concept of another 3D film, but you've sold me, Robert.
Brandon Mendoza

Published: March 23, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Agreed! Robert, you definitely sold me on this one... "you had me at 'Tron'"... and the fact that there's a T-Rex AND Raptors??? Sold! Even though I thought the new movie was ok, but not spectacular, I think I'll enjoy this addition to USH!
Sylvain Comeau

Published: March 23, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Loved the movie a few years ago, and sounds like the attraction will be awesome. This and Transformers might actually top Spider-Man (I know, blasphemy). But that's why those two aren't coming to Orlando; we already have the original 3-D ride, plus we're getting Harry Potter. And Universal seems to be less into cloning than Disney is.
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: March 23, 2010 at 7:50 PM

I understand now why Universal brought us in to leak this today.

Let's face it, fans really were underwhelmed by the idea of another 3D movie. If Universal had waited until its media preview day in late June or sometime in July to get out the word that this raises the bar for theme park 4D, it would have been too late for many people (including the international tourists that Universal targets) to make vacation plans.

By getting word out now that this isn't a mere 3D movie, but a 360-degree, high-def, 4D experience, Universal is hoping that it will entice more people to make plans to come see it this summer, instead of going someplace else.

The risk Universal runs in doing something like this is that if the show is a dog, we would have called them on that today and undercut the park's promotional efforts. But I suspect that folks at Universal Creative were quite confident that wouldn't be a problem. :-)

And they were right.

Manny Barron

Published: March 23, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Wow I can't wait and you only saw a rough version of what the final product will be. I've waited for this the minute it was announced and anything with a giant monkey fighting T-Rex's is gonna be lots of fun. Once they finish with this promising attraction, they can get to work on the Transformers ride. Anyway I can't wait to experience Kong 360.
Sylvain Comeau

Published: March 24, 2010 at 7:08 AM

Robert, from what you saw, do you think this could top Spider-Man?
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: March 24, 2010 at 7:24 AM

It's not long enough - only about three minutes. The thing with the Studio Tour attractions is that they're really "mini" attractions, two-to-five minutes long, designed as stops on the Tour. That makes it tough to compare with other, stand-alone attractions.

When Universal went to Florida and deconstructed the Tour, it needed to extend Jaws, Kong and Earthquake so that they'd work on their own. The same would need to happen with Kong for me to consider it better than Spider-Man.

That said, Kong is going to blow away everything else currently on the tour - the tech is so advanced. I hope that this frees up some resources for Universal to make additional upgrades to the tour, because as a whole, it should be contending as one of the great themed rides in the country.

Manny Barron

Published: March 24, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Earthquake to me is the highlight of the tour and by the sound of it Kong will be so much better, and thats good considering earthquake is 20+ years old. Hopefully they can get to work on the fast and the furious section.