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First Glimpse At New "Reign Of Kong" Ride At Universal Orlando

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ORLANDO (CBSMiami) - This summer guests at Universal Orlando Resort's Islands of Adventure will get to journey to an island shrouded in mystery and legend where they will encounter Kong - the eighth wonder of the world.

Universal Orlando Resort has released a few new details about what guests will encounter when Skull Island: Reign of Kong opens along with a new image.

"The adventure begins as you set out to explore an island rife with prehistoric creatures of unknown origin –and the legend of a beast still undiscovered. You find yourself at a campsite of the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading your adventure.

Once beyond camp, the menacing terrain shows signs of a native presence; beating drums draw you toward an ancient temple. Moving deeper into the ruins reveals a lost shrine – and proof you are not alone. You ignore warnings to turn back.

You board a specially designed expedition vehicle that will take you deeper into the island. Mysterious sounds pierce the air and you hear chanting. And then – you confront an enormous temple wall, complete with carvings and images that seem to pay homage to something you cannot quite comprehend. The temple's massive wooden doors slowly open, revealing a labyrinth of caves.

Inside the caves, you meet your expedition leader – and suddenly find yourself in the midst of a raging struggle between creatures of incomprehensible size and ferocity. Then, as those creatures turn on you, there is an even more enormous, earth-pounding presence – bigger, closer and more overwhelming than you can possibly imagine. It is Kong. But is he friend or foe?"

The ride, which is being built next to Jurassic Park, will be an enhanced version of the King Kong 360 3-D segment from Universal Studios Hollywood's Studio Tour. It will be a combination of projected video on screens for a a stunning 3D experience, highly themed physical environments and an animatronic Kong.

Check out a behind the scenes look hosted by Universal Creative's Mike West.

The Making of Skull Island: Reign of Kong — The Story by Universal Orlando Resort on YouTube


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