Skull Island: Reign of Kong | Sneak Peek Tour at Universal Studios Orlando
For the past couple of weeks, Universal Orlando has started soft openings of their most anticipated attraction of 2016, Skull Island: Reign of Kong!
The attraction contains a main entrance and a single rider entrance; however, the single rider entrance has not been utilized yet. Kong will not be part of the Express passes; however, when it officially opens, it will be part of early entry for hotel guests.
If you look closely at the sign above, you can see hand prints on the letters. Even the outdoor portion of the queue contains significant rock theming, bamboo fences, and you are able to view the ride vehicles as you stand in the line (as long as it’s not thundering or lightning). We had a lucky opportunity to attended a fantastic soft opening of KONG. Check out this sneek peek tour!
As we showed in the video, one of the highlights of the queue is an animatronic woman who speaks in Kong native tongue. The fire behind her changes and grows depending on what she is saying and her tone of voice. Other parts of the queue contain skulls, skeletons, other rock work, and an opportunity to view the riders on the truck.
The outside portion of the ride is the first part. Then you enter the large Kong themed doors. Riders will first encounter Joe and Kate who fight off dinosaurs. Next, riders will encounter multiple dinosaurs themselves, and then the van is placed on a moving floor that feels like riders are running along with the dinosaurs. Riders will then encounter Kong himself. Kong fights off the dinosaurs, then the vehicle falls down (and you feel like you’re falling with it), then is caught by some vines. Kong eventually stops the vehicle from falling to the ground, then the vehicle continues to the next section of the ride.
The ride’s finale features a huge Kong animatronic! It roars and moves, and while you’re riding, it feels like the animatronic is looking right into your eyes!
Some ride tips for your best experience:
- Height requirement is thirty-four inches.
- Ride duration is approximately five to six minutes.
- The ride does not have seatbelts or restraints.
- Inclement weather will not close the ride; when inclement weather occurs, the outdoor portion of the ride will be cut. However, the screens and Kong encounters are all indoors.
- For best viewing opportunities of the Kong animatronic, sit on the right side.
Kong is still soft opening, so it is not guaranteed to be operating until the official opening day (which has yet to be announced). Due to the recent Orlando events, the Kong media day event that was scheduled for June 22-24, has been postponed. We will continue to keep you updated with the latest details!
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