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Universal Orlando | Skull Island: Reign of Kong | Unknown

Discussion in 'Other Ride Construction' started by peep, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. peep

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    Obviously at the moment the new Harry Potter area is under construction at the Studios park but what does the Resort have planned past this year?

    The new CityWalk expansion will be ongoing, several new restaurants have recently opened including a new Mexican restaurant and a Stone Cold Creamery (*drools*).

    http://orlandounited.com/universal-announces-citywalk-expansion-plans-for-2014/

    In the Studios park we could be seeing a retheme of the Kidszone area (where E.T. is located). What theme it'll get and when it'll happen hasn't been suggested but within the next few years is sounding like a reasonable time frame. Apparently Disaster is on the chopping blocks, what will replace it is unknown.

    However all the excitement at the moment seems to be over at Islands of Adventure....

    Several projects have apparently been greenlit with fan informant HatetoFly posting recently the following:

    In the Jurassic Park area they recently closed off the Triceratops area (apparently a poor walkthrough where you met some animatronics). What is replacing it is still heavy rumours (which is odd considering the timeframe provided) but there will apparently be several new attractions including an E-ticket sized attraction. As with any rumours of this sort they do change from time to time as more info is leaked through the grapevine but HatetoFly tends to be rather spot on with his info.

    A new King Kong ride is even more exciting though. Although shorter it will be on the same level of epicness as the new Gringotts ride in terms of effects. In a podcast he unveiled a rough idea of the entire ride layout (he's done similar for Gringotts), it sounds exciting...

    Two connected vehicles
    “Driver/guide” in first vehicle
    4-6 people per row
    5-6 rows in first vehicle
    7-8 rows in 2nd
    Enter attraction through giant gates/old ruins left of Thunder falls terrace (where T-Rex Photo op is)
    go underground through ruins/temple. Heavily themed
    go upstairs/top of temple to ride load area (outdoors)
    scenes 1-3 are outdoors
    3-4 transition indoors through wall
    4a,4b,5 indoors
    5-6 transitions back outside
    “Very unique” bonus scene after unload.

    4a (insect chasm) has 4 active AAs, + multiple insect projections. (Scorpions, centipedes, dragonflies)

    4b vehicle loses (control) into a cave (bat cave)
    Scene 5 is the major scene with Kong (large number of projectors in this scene)
    Scene 6 will have something physical that a lot of people will be happy to see

    He's also been very active on twitter recently posting things like the below...

    https://twitter.com/hatetofly/statuses/438015685005148160

    https://twitter.com/hatetofly/statuses/437723031390019584



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    Above is a recent aerial photo taken by Bill on BGT fans. The picture was accompanied by this...


    So yeah, lots of construction is starting that isn't related to Harry Potter. It's a very exciting time at the Universal park and they sure are throwing money at new additions and makeovers at the moment. I think I read that even though the new hotel they're building isn't finished there is talk of construction starting on a new one.
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando - What's Next?

    The attraction I have always pitched, and may do so again in Theme Park Studios, is an Intamin Aqua Launch themed to the greatest Kevin Costner movie involving post apocalyptic world, covered in water....WATER WORLD.
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando - What's Next?

    I always thought it'd be cool to do a fast and furious car coaster attraction. But both parks already have a launch coaster, and that'd probably be what it would be, but I just like the idea. Isn't that attraction rumored for USH?
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando - What's Next?

    I like the idea of the JP work and the possible addition of King Kong I think that would be really good.
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando | Kong Attraction

    I've decided to hijack this topic and make it about the Kong attraction as Pixels at the Parks have posted more photos and a fly-over video.

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    Re: Universal Orlando | King Kong Attraction | Unknown

    I sort of wish they would not build this and wait for the new films to come out and build a Dino attraction in that area. After all that area is based on a certain film franchise.
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando | King Kong Attraction | Unknown

    Is it just me or is that area really not that large of an area? I know this isn't going to take over a huge vast area, but to fit all of the attributes mentioned in, I just don't know if the area seems a bit small?!
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando | King Kong Attraction | Unknown

    I agree, it does seem a little small. Apparently it'll be like Transformers in that it's multi level so maybe that's how they're cramming in so much?

    The rumours of a Jurassic park expansion are that it's been put on hold, I assume to see how the new film does first?

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    Re: Universal Orlando | King Kong Attraction | Unknown

    Universal's new King Kong film has been officially announced and will be called Skull Island. Released in 2016, but presumably this attraction will be ready before then.
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando | King Kong Attraction | Unknown

    I watched the pov of the one in California.

    Will be interested to see if it's the same type of thing and how it will work.

    Must say the 360 one looked great but as a short drive through attraction.

    So yeah looking forward to seeing how it turns out and what they are going to do.
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando | King Kong Attraction | Unknown

    A lot of fly-over photos have been posted on jakeadventures.com showing just how big this attraction is going to be and this strange steel structure protruding out of the front of the building:

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    Re: Universal Orlando | King Kong Attraction | Unknown

    I don't get why they're building a Kong attraction. Surely it would make a lot more sense for it to be a Jurassic World ride?
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando | King Kong Attraction | Unknown

    My thoughts as well I just don't get the logic in this. I guess it's just s near copy of the California version.

    Universal get so much praise as of late but the parks are near enough copies of each other. It's a quick way to add rides but very repetitive.
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando | King Kong Attraction | Unknown

    Probably a loose tie-in to the Godzilla vs. King Kong movie back who knows when.

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    Universal Orlando | King Kong Attraction | Unknown

    The new King Kong film comes out in 2 years, so this will tie in with that. It's a reboot of the franchise that will probably at some point have another fight with Godzilla.
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando | King Kong Attraction | Unknown

    I'm confused, do we really have any idea what this will be?

    Does anyone know how much it's costing?

    I do find it weird that more than a decade after taking out Kongfrontation, they're doing this, and it's not an IP that I would say is particularly relevant, but, it could be good. Depending on what it is, of course.
     
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    Universal Orlando | King Kong Attraction | Unknown

    It's meant to be the same as the California version, well based on it anyway.

    Not sure how as thats part of the tour.

    Tbh I thought it looked good but reviews are bad.

    This ride will open 2015 the is why I think they should have gone for a dinosaur ride not King Kong.
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando | King Kong Attraction | Unknown

    The King Kong 360 part of the tram tour is pretty awful. Hopefully, this massive effort doesn't turn into a copy, or near copy, of that.
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando | King Kong Attraction | Unknown

    On OU they reckon it won't open till 2016
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando | King Kong Attraction | Unknown

    Today's announcement and it is 2016.

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