One of the most legendary movie attractions ever to exist was the King Kong movie ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. Sadly, the attraction and much, much more property was lost in that devastating backlot fire in June of last year.
Now that the fire is a distant memory and Universal has made huge plans to completely makeover the experience for tourists, including the recently-announced Creature From the Black Lagoon stage show (Read: â€˜Creature From The Black Lagoonâ€™ Gets A Rockinâ€™ Stage Show At Universal Studios Hollywood) — they’re ready to bring the mighty Kong back to the fans.
While the King Kong attraction is making a return, it will not be that classic robotic ape we know so well. Kong is embracing the technologies of today and getting the complete makeover treatment. This time around, the experience will be based on Peter Jackson‘s 2005 King Kong and it will present fans with a groundbreaking 4-D (yeah, 4-D!), multi-sensory experience with mind-blowing effects and Earth’s largest Surround Digital projection system. This already sounds like something that has to be added to my bucket list.
Click over for a description of how this new ride will go.
President and Chief Operating Officer Larry Kirzweil had this to say:
King Kong has been an integral part of Universal Studios Hollywood for decades and, after last yearâ€™s fire, we knew he had to be resurrected for our Studio Tour guests. Weâ€™re very excited to announce that not only are we re-introducing King Kong, but weâ€™ve completely re-imagined the experience and will incorporate this legendary icon into a truly innovative Studio Tour attraction.
Here’s the King Kong attraction’s description!
In the new attraction, guests will don special glasses as they enter a darkened soundstage aboard the Studio Tour trams and will be transportedâ€” via the magic of Surround Digital 3D projection â€”deep into the dark heart of the world of Skull Island . Theyâ€™ll survive a close encounter with a swarm of monstrous bats, only to be confronted by the terrifying presence of Kong himself. Suddenly, an enormous, ravenous 35′ tall dinosaur will challenge Kong and guests will feel their trams jolt, roll and shudder as they find themselves caught in the middle of a ferocious showdown between the great ape and the giant lizard. The action will immerse guests in the battle between the two colossal predators.