Almost exactly two years ago, Universal Orlando Resort added an expansion to its immensely popular Islands of Adventure Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction by opening Diagon Alley in the neighboring Universal Studios Florida park. It was (and still is) a tremendous success, but now it’s time for another new attraction to take center stage, and who better to usurp the dragon than King Kong himself?
Opening this summer is Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a brand new attraction located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, just steps away from the Jurassic Park area. While the ride isn’t yet open to the public, I had the pleasure of attending a sneak peek last week along with a group of reporters, where I got to ride the new attraction, explore the jaw-dropping queue, and speak with some of the people responsible for bringing Kong back to life, including Universal Creative Show Producer Adam Rivest.
King Kong famously had a long-running attraction at Universal Studios Florida called Kongfrontation for over a decade until it closed in 2002 to make way for the swell dark coaster Revenge of the Mummy. Now, Universal is reviving the iconic film character with Skull Island: Reign of Kong, which is a multi-dimensional thrill ride through a 1930s-set expedition to the titular Skull Island via a trackless expedition vehicle.