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Who Wants King Kong back at Universal Orlando Resort?

Universal Orlando: I want to see how many people are interested in seeing King Kong return to Universal Orlando Resort in some way.

From Wade Laxton
Posted November 11, 2012 at 9:32 AM
I'd like to know if there are many people out there who still hold on to thinking that maybe we will get a King Kong attraction back at Universal Orlando Resort based off the Peter Jackson film in 2005.


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Dominick D
Posted November 11, 2012 at 9:36 AM
The rest of Lost Continent needs to be replaced with Skull Island.

From Rob Pastor
Posted November 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM
Dom: Great idea. It'll fit with Mythos.

From Wade Laxton
Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:07 AM
I had posted months ago that King Kong would fit nicely at the Lost Continent and have it re-themed to Skull Island. I however have not a heard a word about this actually happening. I hope it does, but I also would want Kong back in USF. It's one or the other.

From Wade Laxton
Posted November 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Here's the discussion post I posted back in the Summer.

http://www.themeparkinsider.com/news/response.cfm?ID=945509149

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted November 11, 2012 at 2:39 PM
I want King Kong 360 to come to Orlando.

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted November 11, 2012 at 3:02 PM
The Skull Island idea sounds great. I really would prefer Kong back at the Studios in New York, but the only space is Twister and can't see anything but a similar standup-and-watch attraction fitting in there. Would the Twister footprint be big enough for a 360 experience that you walk into? How big is the Hollywood experience?

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted November 11, 2012 at 3:52 PM
Mark,
King Kong 360 fits perfectly in the Twister building. Ideally, Universal would make a "Disaster" type of layout where you get into some kind of vehicle which moves into the main show, but I don't know if there is enough space for that.

From Dominick D
Posted November 11, 2012 at 5:53 PM
King Kong 360 could fit in the Twister building, but the queue would have to go outside of the building for there to be enough space.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted November 11, 2012 at 6:26 PM
Or kong 360 could lessen the train sizes BEACUSE holly woods has to accompany a tour tram maybe they could make a mini tram and than do with the extra space.

From Dominick D
Posted November 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM
I was thinking the same thing Andrew, since it would have to be an extended version of Hollywood's.

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted November 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Dan and gang, how about building up? The main building has no vertical obstructions so you could add on multiple floors, devote the first floor to loading/unloading and have vehicles track up into an upper level or levels if you want to add additional experiences as a pre or post experience to the 360.

From Dominick D
Posted November 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM
That would work.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:02 AM
That's a pretty good idea. It just depends if Universal wants the building to stick out above the other soundstages and be more noticeable around the park.

From Dominick D
Posted November 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Considering Transformers is right across from Twister, will anyone notice it's two stories?

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted November 12, 2012 at 1:01 PM
I think that it would kind if hide Revenge of the Mummy because Mummy would be the smallest building surrounded by bigger buildings.

From chris cona
Posted November 12, 2012 at 1:12 PM
That would be awesome if you change the lost continent into skull island that would fit perfect and make it awesome.

From Dominick D
Posted November 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM
Andrew, Mummy's building is 6 stories tall, I doubt it will get out of view.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM
OK then, the only thing holding them back is money and construction around the park. When Transformers finishes I can almost guarantee another project starts up. Most likely being an upgrade to Terminator or a lost continent upgrade.But hey, ya never know.

From Dominick D
Posted November 12, 2012 at 6:52 PM
^A few weeks ago, Micechat and Screamscape reported Universal is spending $1.5 billion in expansion for the parks. It goes like this:

1. The first $40 million is going to Transformers.
2. Diagon Alley at around $600 million.

The next two projects are at IOA:

3. A Grinch rollercoaster or Lorax dark ride when HP is done.
4. Something new in Jurrasic Park or get rid of Marvel and retheme it.

Back to USF:

5. Terminator closes and gets replaced with something new.
6. Retheme of Kidzone with a possibility of E.T. getting an update or removed.

No mention of Twister, but I can see Twister going. As for the others at USF, I think that's true EXCEPT for E.T. An update, yes. Closing? No.

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted November 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM
Dom, I hope you're totally right about E.T. never being removed. Jaws is bad enough, E.T. being gone would wreck me good for a long time.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted November 12, 2012 at 7:41 PM
If e.t. goes any time soon that would strike a major blow to USF. I think they might replace done animatronics with better ones and update the effects a but but that ride ain't changing or being removed anytime soon. Also, I would like to see a scene where you are transported back to earth and not just arriving at the depart station only to be let into a gift shop.

From Dominick D
Posted November 12, 2012 at 8:01 PM
Mark, Speilberg is important to Universal. When the USH version was removed, he warned them don't remove USF and USJ's versions. When the USJ version closed, he said you can never remove the Florida version or I'm leaving. Or at least it went like that ;)

From robert morris
Posted November 13, 2012 at 2:21 AM
The Grinch coaster would probably doom the Skull Island idea. As I thought it was using Posiedons Fury for the base of the Mountain and that would most likely serve as the home for 360.

I'd also agree ET should stay not for the same purist argument that everyone makes,but its one of the few family rides at either park.

And isn't part of that 1.5 billion including Cabana Bay Resort?

From robert morris
Posted November 13, 2012 at 2:23 AM
For my money T2 ends up being converted for Wicked, depending on backstage needs for the show.

From Rob P
Posted November 13, 2012 at 4:27 AM
I've said it before and I'll say it again : Bring back Kong !

From Tasia P.
Posted November 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM
Can et fit into shrek? I think they should switch places but build the far far away land from Singapore. Give et a major upgrade. Especially actually have et say your groups names instead of hearing it when you leave lol. I also agree make the ending better. Spielberg and Comcast in 2012/13 can do serious damage to an attractive.

From Dominick D
Posted November 17, 2012 at 2:38 PM
Nope, E.T. is almost twice the size.

From Tasia P.
Posted November 17, 2012 at 4:12 PM
I seriously want that grinch coaster but only if they have Jim Carey version of the grinch. I can however see why they would go with the lorax but I hope Comcast decides on both. I can't really remember the extra buildings and space in uni but I can however remember the extra space in suess land. Grinch can easily go in there. The skull island is a really good idea.

From Tasia P.
Posted November 17, 2012 at 4:12 PM
I seriously want that grinch coaster but only if they have Jim Carey version of the grinch. I can however see why they would go with the lorax but I hope Comcast decides on both. I can't really remember the extra buildings and space in uni but I can however remember the extra space in suess land. Grinch can easily go in there. The skull island is a really good idea.

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted November 18, 2012 at 8:22 AM
I wouldn't mind just a huge kong animatronics in the New York area just to keep Kongs presence in Universal.

From Tasia P.
Posted November 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM
@Andrew that would scare the crap out of kids. Uni is trying to become somewhat of a family park not sure adding a giant gorilla in the front part of the park would help that.

From robert morris
Posted November 18, 2012 at 11:03 AM
would a kong attraction be nice but not needed and honestly not the best bang for the buck:

Note Peter Jackson movie was not considered a success even for making over 100 million

Many things are on the list before it and honestly kinda of been there done that for UO

Before Kong coming back

Dreamworks Land
Wicked
Mt Crumpit
Lorax Ride
Toon Lagoon Update
Toon Lagoon Amphitheater Show
Lagoon Show for IOA

and yes I know Kong 360 is a new experience, but for me and im thinking for the masses doesnt move the meter

From Andrew Dougherty
Posted November 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM
@Tasia I said in the New York area. Maybe stick it by the library so the kids don't need to walk by it.

From Tasia P.
Posted November 18, 2012 at 2:17 PM
@Robert I like everything on your list but wicked. I hope universal tries to be less Disney with the shows. I also really hope they decide on both the grinch and lorax instead of one. Does anybody know if far far away and Madagascar land from Singapore can fit into the kids land? The whole park is 49 acres. Woody woodpecker coaster is 8 acres.

From Tyler Bell
Posted November 18, 2012 at 6:34 PM
Bring Kong back please, they can replace Twister or Disaster

From robert morris
Posted November 18, 2012 at 8:56 PM
Wicked is actually a Universal property and has been at other Universal parks already

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