Skull Island Reign of Kong opens officially at Universal Orlando
July 13, 2016, 8:49 AM ·
King Kong is officially back at the Universal Orlando Resort. In a nationally televised moment on sister network NBC's Today show this morning, Universal declared open Skull Island Reign of Kong.
The Islands of Adventure ride had been operating on a soft open basis for about a month. Set on the iconic Skull Island where Kong makes his home, the ride expands the King Kong 360: 3D experience from Universal Studios Hollywood with an immersive queue, richly detailed facade, and an additional scene before Kong's battle with the T-Rex, before concluding with a "face to face" encounter with a massive new Kong animatronic.
Universal originally had planned a big press event for Kong on June 23, but cancelled it after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. Even so, Universal hadn't declared an official public opening date for the ride, until today.