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First off, the article referenced was from last June ... Five months ago. And since then there's been no real credible reports that Orlando Kong is in the works.
Second, I'm not so sure that Universal is going to continue to invest in USF and leave IOA behind. Think about it this way: Despicable Me, Springfield, Transformers, Gringott's and Diagon Alley. Meanwhile IOA's most substantial recent expansion was the Wizarding World of Harry Potter which opened three and a half years ago. I could be dead wrong, but it seems to me that IOA would get the next new gate crasher.
Third, the source for the Orlando Weekly Kong is coming story is OrlandoUnited.com regular “HateToFly”.
Now if you visit the site and review what HTF has posted, you have to take his (or her) content with a grain of salt. By his (or her) own admission: "I also want to point out that everything I say is speculation based on information from anonymous sources. Everything is strictly on a no-name basis and I have no inside knowledge and never have."
Further, with all due respect, HTF is also the source that predicted a lagoon show was planned for IOA. So ...
But (again) I could be wrong. We could get Kong.
They have plenty of room where the unused stadium now sits to put in something new, but since they can't use Marvel characters, it would have to be Toon Lagoon related to keep the islands flowing or something has nothing to do with neither, like the Agro Circus.
That is just one huge dead area that I hate walking through from either side...
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