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Skull Island Reign of Kong

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 7 out of 10

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King Kong returned to the Universal Orlando Resort in June 2016 with a ride blending the 3D, 360-degree imagery of Universal Studios Hollywood's Studio Tour Kong encounter with the immense animatronic of Universal's previous "Kongfrontation" attractions.

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The queue and fortress around the ride are pretty incredibly designed. But the ride itself feels lackluster. It ends very abruptly after just a little bit of bumping around. You get crammed in a giant cart with 72 other people. It can be hard to see if you're in the center. You can't use a fast pass on it, and it's not worth waiting an hour to ride. It's a ride it once and you're done type of ride.
More and more Universal is starting to tell the story in the queue. That sucks when you are in a wheelchair because most of the time you pass the queue. That said, if you would do the queue you are pulled more and more into the story of the island and it's inhabitants. The queue even has life "scare actors" but they hardly scare you. Them being there though makes the feeling something is wrong bigger. The AA's are top notch and being in the queue it give you time to appreciate them.
When you board the vehicle you get one of 5 AA drivers who all tell a different story adding to the reride value. There are 2 ways to start your journey to find the lost crew and that is outside via a jungle setting or inside skipping the outside portion. This is clever due to thunderstorms and heavy rainfalls in the summer. Rides that go outside need to be closed for safety but Kong can continue entertaining guests. I only did the outside portion and I would love to do that again at night with all the fire. Entering you begin with AA bats but most of the ride is used by 3D screens. Yes people complain a lot about screens but it's done very well and I have no idea how they could create the story with AA's. In the end you meet a huge AA Kong (or at least it's head), it's stunning. Universal created another strong 6 minute long ride. There is no shop, no photo opportunity. As stated this ride could be to intense for small kids.
Great queue, impressive AAs and the 360 scene is great. Too short though, and too much reliance on screens.


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