Universal's Islands of Adventure

Skull Island Reign of Kong

Skull Island
Dark ride
☆ ☆ ☆

Photo of Skull Island Reign of Kong

See all photos | Submit Photo

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.

Universal Orlando tickets Buy Tickets: For discount tickets to Universal Orlando's theme parks, visit our officially authorized Universal Orlando tickets page.

Reviews of Skull Island Reign of Kong

How do you rate this?
Among the very best of its type anywhere
Above average, but not quite the very best
Below average, but not among the worst
Among the bottom 25 percent of its type

Register and log in to submit a written review, as well as a rating.

This is a criminally underrated attraction that offers something fun for everyone. The exterior is a wonder, especially when you can catch those big ol' gates swing open. The outdoor queue is pleasant with familiar Jungle Cruise vibes with it's period music, and expositional radio interviews. The indoor queue is where things really get going. Cold, dark, and haunting, featuring animatronics and the occasional spooky surprise. While the loading and unloading times may not be the swiftest, it's worth it once you board your massive tour vehicles. An impressive hybrid between the load capacity and size of a Hollywood tour tram, and the motion platform capabilities of the Indiana Jones Adventure/Spimpsons Ride. From then on, the attraction is a thrilling whirlwind of Monster Mayhem. The 3d is sharp, and puts greater emphasis on creating depth in the environment, not without indulging with some in-your-face encounters. The creatures you face along the way are quite imaginative and even grotesque. The heart of the ride, a rescue by King Kong himself, is elegantly choreographed between both sides of the vehicle. No matter where you turn your head, there is always something to see, encouraging repeat rides. I still catch something new with each ride. And of course, there's the final encounter with the animatronic Kong whose lifelike features are goosebump inducing. Yes, the ride itself is screen driven, but if you're willing to suspend that criticism for a brief time and just let yourself be tossed, thrown, and plunged into that chaotic world, you will not be disappointed! Long Live the King!

Great set up and very immersive. 3D effects work great with the team vehicle and one of the less intense rides at the park.

I personally love this ride but I wish they would always go outside through the doors. I've only had this happen once on my trips there.

Always the longest line in the park, even though its not even close to one of the best rides. The line is probably just as cool as the ride. I am really not a fan of the "bus" style rides where you have things happening on both sides of the bus. You never really have a good seat and are going to miss something. Not worth the long wait. Fast and the Furious ride is very similar to this, but somehow they made that ride worse than this!



Discounted Park Tickets

  Orlando attractions

  Southern California attractions

Get News Updates

Read Robert's Book

Stories from a Theme Park Insider