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Universal Orlando | Skull Island: Reign of Kong | Unknown

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

  1. gavin

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    Re: Universal Orlando | Skull Island: Reign of Kong | Unknow

    Nor does that one you just wrote.
     
  2. Pink Cadillac

    Pink Cadillac Well-Known Member

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    Re: Universal Orlando | Skull Island: Reign of Kong | Unknow

    Spoiler galore post showing some pics from inside the attraction.

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    Copy n pasted from the article...

    It all looks increasingly interesting (not that that's hard), but still, I do wish it was another type of attraction. I am I right in saying the 'trackless' system they're are talking about are the driverless ride vehicles?
     
  3. Pink Cadillac

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    ^^^^Re: the last pic, I later realised that's the animatronic from the queue line.

    Some employees have had chances to go on this ride all afternoon+evening and someone has written a detailed rundown of the ride overflowing with spoilers.

    http://forums.orlandounited.com/threads/skull-island-reign-of-kong-discussion-spoilers.10246/page-12

    I'm getting the impression that while it has a brilliant queue (that shares similarities to HHN) and out-of this-world physical sets, the ride is probably straight up s**t. So basically exactly what eveyone here has been saying all along :p
     
  4. Pink Cadillac

    Pink Cadillac Well-Known Member

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    Re: Universal Orlando | Skull Island: Reign of Kong | Unknow

    The walls have come down exposing the ride entrance and exit area.
    [youtubevid]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm7TJjQ4-r0[/youtubevid]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm7TJjQ4-r0

    A snippet from inside the queue line showing the animatronic witch lady casting some spells or w/e.
    [youtubevid]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLG4T5J50XY[/youtubevid]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLG4T5J50XY
     
  5. Pink Cadillac

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    I love that no one cares I don't like it either, but some pretty cool things have been made because of it like this sausage.
    [tweet]https://twitter.com/grei_autumn/status/740145868188192769[/tweet]
     
  6. Lofty

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    I love the animatronic witch doctor in the queue, it's a bit daunting. Excited to see the rest of it when it opens properly.
     
  7. Pink Cadillac

    Pink Cadillac Well-Known Member

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    Where did it go :(
    Was this...
    [tweet]https://twitter.com/WDWFanBoys/status/740289992828715010[/tweet]
    https://twitter.com/WDWFanBoys/status/740289992828715010

    [youtubevid]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU_OJoNU5Ew[/youtubevid]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU_OJoNU5Ew
    Not a fan of that narration :/
     
  8. Pink Cadillac

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    Re: Universal Orlando | Skull Island: Reign of Kong | Unknow

    It has soft opened so there are a lot more images and videos

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    Low-light video of the queue line, i.e. the best bit :p Will be darker than this IRL. I think 2:10 is a great use of screens.
    [youtubevid]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I01c3xmMopY[/youtubevid]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I01c3xmMopY

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    [youtubevid]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_GZCxD1Jvw[/youtubevid]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_GZCxD1Jvw
     
  9. Lofty

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    Re: Universal Orlando | Skull Island: Reign of Kong | Unknow

    I NEED THIS.
     
  10. Ben

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    Re: Universal Orlando | Skull Island: Reign of Kong | Unknow

    I think it looks really good.

    Much better than I thought it would, considering it's still really only a filler for them.
     
  11. Pink Cadillac

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    If you think about it, it's very probably the best non-Harry Potter attraction they've done since Revenge of the Mummy (12 years ago).
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando | Skull Island: Reign of Kong | Unknow

    I'd argue Transformers and Rip, Ride, Rockit are 'bigger' rides in terms of scale and how much the park is pushing it. Like this is more of a in between huge rides thing.

    Although tbf Transformers was a bit like that too.

    Quality is different to 'importance' though. Although I imagine Transformers will still be better because that ride is fab.
     
  13. Pink Cadillac

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    Welp I forgot about Transformers :p I was just trying to highlight that in terms of Universal's recent outputs this is good. We've had The Minions and Shrek and now will have to brace ourselves for Jimmy Fallon and Fast & Furious.
     
  14. Pink Cadillac

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    To avoid downtime during Orlando's stormy weather, the ride can bypass the short outdoor section. I think it's a great idea.
    [tweet]https://twitter.com/TouringPlans/status/744256010899034112[/tweet]
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    Re: Universal Orlando | Skull Island: Reign of Kong | Unknow

    So you have an attraction where the queue looks better than the ride. Hmmm...
     
  16. Lofty

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    That's such a clever idea, love it.
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando | Skull Island: Reign of Kong | Unknow

    Review! (Some spoilers although I've tried to be vague!)

    So queueline and outside views are as impressive in real life as in photos. The end half of the queueline is really atmospheric and got a good scare from something in there (probably only me).

    So the ride vehicles are fully automated. I remember someone questioning whether there were drivers or not. There aren't. This was confirmed when our truck got stuck outside for around 5-10 mins in the outside section about 15 seconds into the ride! We sat they with no clue what was going on until they came out and checked the truck door. Off we went again. Glasses go on as you go inside. In my opinion the was a decent mix of CGI and physical theming although I am always more of a fan of physical effects and proper rides. It is similar to the mix seen in forbidden journey and transformers/spiderman etc. Pretty sure we got stuck again briefly between two scenes as there was an awkward gap but then it was billed as a tech rehearsal so issues can be expected. Overall some good moments and a good filler attraction with some nice effects and good theming elements. Nothing groundbreaking but worth up to about a 30/40 min queue I would say.

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  18. Pokemaniac

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    Re: Universal Orlando | Skull Island: Reign of Kong | Unknow

    Are you sure this counts as confirmation, though? It could be that the truck door check involved shaking an underpaid and overworked intern awake. "Hey, Fred, get up! You're still supposed to be driving this thing, remember! Yeah, take another pill, whatever, just as long as it keeps you awake. Hurry now!".

    Nah, just kidding. Great to hear about a new well-themed ride up and running, though!
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando | Skull Island: Reign of Kong | Unknow

    I got to ride Kong today. I had avoided watching any of the videos or reading reviews because I didn't wanna know what I was getting myself into. The ride is pretty cool (most of my friends who have ridden didn't like it) I wouldn't wait long for it, but in singles, I pretty much walked right on (posted at 75m, 90 when I left) The 3D is very, very good... And when things are happening, you can look the other way, or just all around.. and see other smaller things happening. It gives you a reason to ride again since you'll never see everything going on in a single ride. The only bad parts I found was this odd maybe 15-20 foot long 'hall' the truck goes down with no theme or video at all... It seemed very out of place. (the same odd gap SilverArrow posted about?) Its also kinda tight to fit 6 riders in a row... 5 would be much better, but it would drop the capacity down by 12 a truck.
     
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    Re: Universal Orlando | Skull Island: Reign of Kong | Unknow

    Might have been but mine seemed like a tech issue. It was one of the early screens and the scene ended, walls went dark and we just didn't move. After a while we could see the truck behind watching the previous scene before we moved off again.

    Anyone know how long it is likely to be soft open for? It seems like it's already been ages but then it is quite a tech-loaded ride.
     

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