More Details on Universal’s 3D King Kong Ride

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kingkong bridge More Details on Universals 3D King Kong Ride

Almost two years ago, the famous King Kong ride at Universal Studios Hollywood was lost in a backlot fire. After shedding many tears over the signature attraction, Universal announced the creation of a new King Kong attraction, which would use extensive 3D technology and be modeled after Peter Jackson’s blockbuster 2005 film. Now, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the new ride is set to premiere this summer after more than a year of development. That’s right, it won’t be long now before a whole new generation of children wet their pants at the roar of the world’s greatest ape.

According to the article, which comes our way via /Film, the ride is being billed as the “largest 3-D exhibit in the world” and will debut during peak tourist time. Here are some additional details on the ride.

If the new technology works as designed, park visitors will not only see Kong in three dimensions but also smell his banana breath, feel the gust of wind as he jumps over the guests and sense the ground quake when the ape engages aTyrannosaurus rex in a life-or-death battle. The Kong attraction will be one stop on the park’s back lot studio tour ride.

During a recent preview of the technology, a dirty, battle-scarred Kong stared menacingly out from two 180-foot-long by 40-foot-tall screens that wrap around the trams that will carry visitors. In another scene, a 35-foot-tall T. rex stepped over the trams, turned to the audience and bared its massive teeth.


The new ape will resemble the Kong from the 2005 film, right down to the broken canine tooth and the scars over its right eye. Other creatures and scenes from the movie, including caves, giant bats and dinosaurs from Skull Island, will also appear on the four-story-tall screens.

When the attraction is complete, guests on the studio tour will board a tram that will enter a 200-foot-long soundstage, Johnson-Redrow said. Guests must don 3-D glasses for the 2 1/2 -minute attraction.

Inside the building, the tram will stop over a “tram-mover” system, powered by massive air bags that will lift, shake and drop the tram, giving guests the feeling of being jolted during the battle between Kong and the T. rex, she said.

The 180-foot-long screens will curve around the tram so that the 3-D images seem to surround the passengers. A system of fans, sprayers and other devices installed in the building will spew air, water and odors at park visitors to bring the images to life, she said.

I’ve never been to the Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park, but I have been to Universal Studios Orlando and I can say without reservation that the original King Kong ride was awesome. It really is too bad that they decided to scrap it and replace it with a ride from The Mummy. Being nine at the time, I was probably the perfect age for King Kong (old enough to not get too scared and young enough to not whine like a punk about how unrealistic it was). That being said, I’m not going to wax nostalgic and complain that this new-fangled 3D version won’t live up to the original.

As a huge fan of Peter Jackson’s King Kong, I actually think this new ride will be pretty cool. From the description, it sounds like it will be a totally immersive experience. In fact, the 3D technology being used on the ride comes from Weta Digital, whose stunning work on Avatar have helped propel that film to more than $2 billion in worldwide box office grosses. Given the scale of Jackson’s film and the tremendous legacy of the King Kong franchise, I think using 3D is the right choice to reintroduce King Kong to park visitors.

What do you think? Does the new 3D King Kong ride sound like something you’d be interested in checking out?

Source: LA Times via /Film

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  1. I have been on the original ride, it was awesome, and this new one doesnt exactly sound fantastic to me. Especially as it it based on The Great Adapter's version of the film.
    It always makes me laugh that a movie made in the 30's inspires more awe and wonder than a movie made a few years ago with a massive budget, goes to show that they dont make 'em like they used to!

    • About 13 years ago I saw the old ride and I loved it then. It was the Universal Studios signature ride and I certainly had a nostalgic appreciation for it. Today I went on the new King Kong ride and I kid you not, it was completely insane. Totally blows the old one out of the water, hands down. It is EXTREMELY immersive! It really puts the spectator in the thick of it, great suspension of disbelieve. You LITERALLY get “drooled” and “breathed” on. When the lights came on the stunned audience was clapping and whooing- never seen that done for any ride. If you get the chance go check it out, by the end of it you won’t miss the old ride as much.

  2. I loved the Universal Studios Orlando ride, which was shut down a few years back to bring in the Mummy ride. Will it come back there?

  3. It seems cool but its all 3D. I like 3D rides dont get me wrong but i miss real rides. Build a Kong have it attack the tram or somthing like that, i dont want a “ride” to be me watching a film wile an air bag moves me around. When i went on the new ride in annimal kingdom they have a HUGE robot yeti swing down at you, it looked so real scared me to death. build a kong like that, build a real ride, not an intereactive movie clip.

  4. I agree they should have a moving ride similar to “Expedition Everest” at Disney World's Animal Kingdom. They just need to replace the yeti with Kong and there ya go. I hate the Nickeloden ride at Universal Orlando and the Shrek one isn't much better. I don't want to sit down and watch a screen in a crazy massage chair. I do like The Mummy ride at Universal Orlando though, so if it's similar to that I think they may have a good plan. I'm guessing it'll be similar to the Earthquake ride (which now has a different name I think), but they say 3D so hopefully it'll be like the Spider-Man ride? That is one of the coolest rides I've ever been on! Truly spectacular!

    • i agree, i’d rather an animatronic Kong than a 3-D one, im not looking forward to it