The Story Revealed For Skull Island: Reign Of Kong

February 25, 2016
When it opens this summer at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure, Skull Island: Reign of Kong will bring to life the next generation of the King Kong legend. The multi-dimensional attraction will feature massive physical sets, incredibly lifelike animated figures, advanced 3D technology and even the chance to encounter live actors in the queue – a first-ever for any Universal Orlando attraction.

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I know you’ve been waiting for more details about Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The time has finally come! Over the next few months, I’ll be revealing all the details on our newest attraction.

Here’s what to expect on your incredible journey.

It all begins with Skull Island – a land shrouded in mystery, steeped in ancient tales of colossal creatures fighting for dominance of a lost world. The name alone is enough to keep any adventurous soul from setting foot on its foreboding shoreline, to say nothing of mustering the courage to explore its terrifying interior.

Despite the apprehension of such an undertaking, you decide to join the 8th Wonder Expedition Company on their daring research adventure. Your mission: to discover species of unknown origin dwelling within the hidden mysteries of the island. Your hope is to substantiate the existence of prehistoric creatures.

Your first objective is to reach the communication base amid the outlying ruins. Communication is key and a crackling radio broadcast from scientists, expedition leaders and fellow explorers warns of the treacheries that lay ahead.

Undaunted—though certainly a bit uneasy—you head towards your next objective: the 8th Wonder Expedition base camp.

There is a hypnotic presence in the rhythmic beating of distant drums that draws you deeper and deeper into an ancient ruin, almost against your will. Signs of a native presence become evident. But are they still around?

Finally, you make it through to base camp and expedition vehicles. You set off for the heart of the island to rendezvous with your expedition leader.

Within minutes, you come upon a massive temple wall. Drums beat, flames arise, huge wooden doors swing open and you drive through. You now face a dark labyrinth of caves where danger lurks around every bend.

You manage to narrowly escape the caves… but the jungle ahead holds yet another breathtaking challenge. Suddenly, you find yourself in the midst of a raging struggle between creatures of incomprehensible size and ferocity. All seems lost until, from out of nowhere, a deafening roar cuts through the melee. The mighty Kong has arrived!

But is he friend or foe? Well, you’ll have to find out this summer.

The next chapter in the evolution of the King Kong legend is about to unfold. This immersive new experience will feature one of the longest rides of any Universal attraction, along with several new firsts for Universal Orlando Resort.

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  • Reply Verchetta February 25, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Can’t wait sounds amazing!

  • Reply Ad February 25, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Grrr, we’re visiting Florida in June, from the Netherlands. I have the feeling we are too early for the attraction…

  • Reply Lexba February 25, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    When do u anticipate the opening of the ride?

  • Reply Jo February 25, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Will it be open in May?

    • Reply Potato February 26, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      No, information is being revealed over months. Meaning, they won’t be opening the park until they’ve finished advertising new info for the attraction. My guess is Fall 2016.

      • Reply Crystal February 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm

        Universal is advertising that it will be open Summer 2016

  • Reply Virginia Lovett February 26, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    cool beans

  • Reply jean February 26, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    all I want to know is when it opens !

  • Reply Elizabeth February 26, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Can’t wait to ride the King Kong ride!!!

  • Reply Katie February 26, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Sounds awesome! I can’t wait to ride it!!

  • Reply Will Duncan February 26, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    The artist illustrations says it all. They are bold, loud and frightening all at the same time. This ride and attraction will be a fun draw for the park. I’m waiting for the drums, the fire, the screams and the roar of KONG. Can’t wait to be first in line.

  • Reply Steve Scott February 27, 2016 at 3:46 am

    I’m there in late April from England – will I be too early?

    • Reply BL March 4, 2016 at 5:48 pm


  • Reply Jackson webb February 27, 2016 at 9:51 am

    12 of us are coming down in july Is kong going to be open. If not we are going to change our vacation plans’

  • Reply eder February 27, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    please, not another attraction 3d

    • Reply Steff March 2, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      I agree….all the rides are the same now….I liked the old king kong!!!

      • Reply Kong March 5, 2016 at 10:57 pm

        It will also include many props, animatronics, and practical effects.

        • Reply Stacy March 11, 2016 at 6:36 pm

          So this isn’t a coaster? I’m terrified of roller coasters. ?

          • Jordan Fairley March 20, 2016 at 5:22 pm

            No its not a coaster

  • Reply ron sherrill February 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    keep me informed

  • Reply John Cena March 5, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Do you think it will be open in June?

  • Reply Galadriel April 5, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Will there be great views from all seats? I’m shorter than the average adult and often have a taller person blocking my view. This is part of the reason why Forbidden Journey is my favorite ride; it has the best designed sight-lines ever!

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