Skull Island: Reign of Kong officially opens at Universal Orlando Resort


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After weeks of testing and preparation, Universal Orlando’s newest attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong is officially open.

Universal invited the Today Show out for a live broadcast this morning where the show highlighted the new attraction and some of its highlights and announced that the ride is officially open.

Skull Island: Reign of Kong features massive 8th Wonder Expedition Company vehicles that hold 72 people and bring them into the depths of Skull Island, only to come face to face with the King himself.  The big question, is he friend or foe?

The attraction is located at Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort and is located between Jurassic Park and Toon Lagoon.

The original King Kong ride, Kongfrontation, closed back in 2002 to make way for Revenge of the Mummy.

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Stay tuned after the break for the official press release from Universal Orlando Resort!

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 13, 2016) – Today, excited guests gathered in Universal’s Islands of Adventure to help mark the official opening of Universal Orlando Resort’s newest mega attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

Skull Island: Reign of Kong brings the next generation of the King Kong legend to life on an unprecedented scale. The adventure begins as guests are transported deep into a mysterious world, where their mission is to discover creatures of unknown origin with the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading the excursion. After braving ancient temple ruins and encountering hostile natives, they board a massive 40-foot-long, 17-ton expedition vehicle to navigate the increasingly foreboding terrain.

The specially designed expedition vehicle, which operates on a completely trackless ride system, takes guests deeper into the ominous island, where they soon find themselves in the midst of a brutal struggle between beasts of unimaginable size and ferocity.

Then, as those creatures turn on the expedition, there is an even more enormous, earth-pounding presence. It is Kong – in the flesh. Towering nearly three stories tall, he is so close that you can feel his breath and sense his emotion. But is he friend or foe?



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