Check Out The First Look At King Kong At Islands Of Adventure

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Skull Island: Reign of Kong is Universal Islands of Adventure next big attraction, scheduled to open this summer the buzz around the ride is beginning to gather pace.

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We were expecting further news from Universal today but it looks like the full release is this video hosted by Mike West Creative Director unveiling how the King Kong will look…

This video post seems to suggest that Kong will be animatronic which is such a great departure from the usual 3D effects parks are using at the moment. I’d hope if the new Kong is successful they might use the same technology to freshen up Jurassic Land.

Here’s some Kong stat’s;

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We’ll post again when Universal unveils more news… (hopefully an opening date.)

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Skull Island: Reign Of Kong Media Event

Hey Thrill Seekers,

On Monday I had the pleasure of attending a journalist heavy media event held by Universal Orlando at the trendy W Hotel in Leicester Square for a quick chat about Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

Headed by Vice President, Tom Schroder and Mike West Executive Producer they ran through some of the details of what we can expect from Universal’s massive new attraction. Now for clarity a large portion of the information we were given is actually under embargo, so I can’t tell you everything I’d like to until I get the green light, but there was still tons of interesting information.

The story of Skull Island: Reign of Kong takes place in the early 1930’s and pre-dates the original film. The photo that’s been doing the rounds (pictured below) is of the main doors to enter the attraction.

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The temple doors are 72 feet tall, 32 feet wide. The rock work around the doors was hand sculpted and took 70 thousand man hours to complete.

The attraction itself has been a 3 year project, with approx. 300 construction workers and 40 creatives employed. Universal are keen for this ride to be aimed at the family and therefore the ride height is going to be 34″

Universal are particular proud of the story that accompanies the attraction, which although we didn’t get the full arch (Universal rightly want it to be a surprise for the visitor) they did confirm that it will feature a pack of Dinosaurs, one question unanswered was will King Kong be the Hero or the Villain?

The attraction will feature an original score by Bill Ross and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra it was recorded at the legendary Abbey Roads studios.

Although Universal didn’t confirm the exact length of the attraction they did confirm that it would be “significantly longer than Spider-Man” and would be a mixture of 3D (using Cave Goggles) and animatronics… Mike West said it had a little bit of everything!

We’ll update you with even more information once the embargo is lifted, hopefully we wont have to wait to long.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Universal Drop Making Of Skull Island: Reign Of Kong

Hey Thrill Seekers,

One of this years most anticipated new attractions  is Universal’s Skull Island: Reign of Kong. Universal have been pretty tight lipped about what the attraction will actually entail but with a summer release date their marketing team have gone in to full on reveal mode.

Today they released this “making of…” video which gives us a little idea of the story behind the attraction;

Here’s what Universal have to say about it;

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.

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Universal also confirmed that this will be one of the longest rides that they’ve ever made, they have also confirmed that there are a few more “firsts” that this attraction will attempt to crack and we’ll find out more in the next few months.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Universal Orlando Launches Myth Explorer Campaign

Hey Thrill Seekers,

One of 2016 most anticipated openings is Universal’s Skull Island: Reign of Kong the attraction based around the myth of King Kong is set to debut in the summer of 2016. With not a lot of official information being released from Universal regarding exactly what the attraction will entail we weren’t surprised to see Universal begin a marketing campaign which will probably run up to opening.

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The campaign see’s Myth Explorer Erin Ryder heading out to find Skull Island.

New episodes will be launched sporadically on Universal’s mini site MythExplorer.com. We’ll keep you updated on any new information regarding the attraction.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Universal Owners Confirm King Kong Attraction To Open In Orlando

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s something we’ve speculated about quite a bit on this blog and to be honest we’ve all suspected its been a done deal for quite a while however today we received confirmation that Islands of Adventure will soon be getting a new attraction in the form of King Kong.

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Michael Angelakis CFO of Comcast,  owners of Universal Orlando Resort, dropped the K bomb during an earnings call. The mention was so subtle that it took us a few listens to make sure we’d heard correctly but this is what was said.

As we continue to invest in attractions, including Harry Potter and Fast and the Furious in Hollywood and a King Kong attraction in Orlando, investments in our theme parks are driving strong returns

Strong returns indeed, Universal’s theme parks were up 17% year on year, returning a massive $2.62 Billion in revenue. Much of it attributed to Universal Orlando and a certain Mr Potter.

A King Kong attraction was actually part of the original Universal Studios set up but was replaced in 2002 by the Revenge of the Mummy ride (one of my favourites). Not a lot is known at this point what the attraction will actually be but we doubt its a coaster. We’re thinking a 4d experience telling the tale of the legendary giant Ape.

We’ll keep you posted.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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I Really Can’t Wait For 2015

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So as you may already know from reading a previous blog of mine, I am going to Orlando next year!! I am so excited I just cannot wait! There is so much I’m looking forward to this time around! The first time I went, I didn’t really know what I was looking for or what to expect. The second time around I sort of knew what was there and a little bit of what to do however now I work at Orlando Attraction Tickets I know so much more about what’s out there than I could possibly need to! I will be chief planner for my family holiday!

I cannot contain my excitement for the Hogwart’s Express. This is an amazing idea! Whoever came up with this one is incredible! I am a bit of a Harry Potter geek, I love it! I’ve wanted to go to Harry Potter World in London for so long but it looks like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal has just taken number 1 spot on my list of things to do. I have done plenty of research into this attraction and the more I read about it, the more I want to do it! The amount of detail that I can only imagine that they have put into this is just incredible.

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The Hogwart’s Express replicates the train journey taken by young Wizards to and from Hogwarts just like the journey taken by Harry Potter in the books and films. There are 2 trains, 1 travels from platform 9 ¾  at ‘Kings Cross Station’ in Diagon Alley (Universal Studios) to ‘Hogsmeade Station’ in Hogsmeade (Universal Islands of Adventure). The second train runs the opposite way, both with a completely different ride experience. This attraction is so big that it can take up to 200 passengers at a time!

If you’re a King Kong lover you will love the fact that Skull Island is rumoured to be coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure! Again, we’re not too sure on what to expect from this but as the rumours go, we should expect to be running away from King Kong himself! Scary stuff!

What else am I fan of? Frozen! Much to my disappointment the Frozen attraction at Disney’s Epcot hasn’t actually opened yet 🙁 but I guess I’ll have to just take this as something else to look forward to next year! We don’t really know what exactly this attraction is going to be so I’ll just have to wait in suspense for a little while longer! I just hope it’s open by the time I get there!

Of course I am eager to ride Falcons Fury! I mean who isn’t?! If you don’t already know about Falcons Fury, it’s the newest attraction at Busch Gardens, standing at 335 feet high. It holds you at the top at a 90 degree angle before you are dropped to the bottom! WOW! I can’t wait to just get there so I can come back and tell you all about it!!

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There is nothing better than sitting down with your family at SeaWorld to watch One Ocean! This is a phenomenal show; there is nothing else like it! I still can’t get to grips with how you could possibly train a whale to do exactly what you want it to do! Blue Horizons is another show at SeaWorld full with exciting tricks from dolphins, tropical birds and acrobats! Both years that I’ve visited Orlando I have watched both of these shows! It never gets old and I just hope they release that they are showing these again next year!

Rumours that Disney are set to build a new Star Wars attractions at Hollywood Studios in the summer of 2015 won’t go away! No concrete details have been released but Jamie took some time out last year to speculate on what could be available at a Star Wars Land.

An attraction catching a lot of people’s attention is the new Pandora land from Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I have not seen the film all the way through however Disney’s ideas for Pandora are looking immense! It all lights up of a night time turning Pandora into somewhere magical. We still don’t know much about this attraction as Disney like to keep exact details very close to their chest but we believe it will open in 2017! They are definitely keeping us in suspense with this one!

Which attractions are you looking forward to most?

Smiles included…

Louise

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After Potter Whats Next?

Hi Thrill Seekers,

As we’re all aware 2014 is very much the year of Potter (again). The launch of Diagon Alley is taking up the majority of posts you’ll see, not only on this blog but across the internet and rightfully so, if the buzz around the original Wizarding World was loud then this new buzz is deafening… but after all this noise what’s next?

In todays post we’re going to look at what comes after The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley and if it can compete.

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Avatar Land – We’ve written about this a few times, most recently here where Disney confirmed a few details of the brand new land being built at Disney’s Animal Kingdom based solely on James Cameron’s hit movie Avatar.

Disney have stated previously that the idea behind adding Avatar was to help change Animal Kingdom into a full day park and from what we’ve seen it looks like a real contender.

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Star Wars – Ever since Disney purchased the rights to Star Wars we’ve waited with baited breath for them to announce some kind of Star Wars Land. This hasn’t happened yet but we all think its inevitable that they’ll want to take advantage of all the great intellectual property they own.

Disney do run Star Wars weekends which are very popular so surely its only a matter of time. Back in 2012 I wrote this piece about what we could expect from a Star Wars Land.

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Universal

Universal have promised to build one new attraction every year! Quite a statement and outlay but they do seem to be sticking to this. Although nothing has been confirmed we’re expecting;

Jurassic Park – What we do know is that a new film called Jurassic World is set to hit cinemas this year. We also know that the Jurassic area at Islands of Adventure could do with a lick of paint. I’ve repeatedly asked Universal about the prospect of an update but they tend to keep this type of stuff close to their chest.

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King Kong – Rumour has it that King Kong will be returning to Universal, the same rumours believe that it could well be positioned right next to Jurassic Park. Details are sketchy but more information can be found here. Think we could be looking at some kind of dark ride.

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Replacing Gwazi – The last time I went to Busch Gardens Gwazi was closed, the bone rattling wooden roller coaster hated by most has been rumoured to be on the chopping block for quite a while now. Replacing Gwazi does seem like a good idea the coaster is massive and takes up a huge part of Busch Gardens.

Rumour has it that its replacement may well be a Giga Coaster, A giga roller coaster is a non-inverting sit-down complete circuit roller coaster that is built for height, speed, and airtime. These coasters are between 300 and 399 feet (91.4 and 121.6 meters) in height. The last one to be built (2012) is pictured below and is called Leviathan. It reaches speeds of 92 mph and a peeks at 306 feet high!

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So although we’re all looking forward to Diagon Alley the future after Potter looks bright.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Visitors spend, spend, spend at Universal theme parks

This is not really going to surprise anyone but it seems that the popularity of Universals theme parks isn’t going to die down anytime soon. Over the last couple of years all the buzz and hype surrounding Orlando has largely been focused on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. But its not just potter mania that is getting the crowds through the turn styles. Universal have also seen year on year growth in California thanks largely to the King Kong attraction which opened midway through 2010.

Philadelphia-based Comcast acquired a majority stake in NBCUniversal from General Electric a little more than a year ago said Wednesday that sales at NBUniversal theme parks rose 4 percent during the final three months of 2011, propelled by higher per-guest spending at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.

Combined revenue at NBCUniversal’s theme-parks business, which includes licensing fees from overseas parks inJapanandSingapore, totaled $498 million for the quarter, up from $478 million during the same period a year ago. That capped a year in which theme-park revenue surged 24 percent to $2 billion.

“This segment had a terrific year,” Comcast Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer Michael Angelakis said during a conference call with analysts.

NBCUniversal earlier this year announced plans to build a second Harry Potter attraction in California and expand The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Orlando Resort, though details remain vague.

For more information on the latest Universal tickets available in Orlando visit Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Cheers

Frank