5 Reasons Skull Island: Reign of Kong is Universal Orlando’s Most Audacious Ride Yet
The biggest, the bestest, the most mind-boggling ride yet...
Universal Orlando is not exactly shy of enormous, bone-rattlingly electrifying rides.
But its thrilling new King Kong ride (full title: Skull Island: Reign of Kong) boasts arguably its most jaw-dropping technology and visuals yet.
And that is seriously saying a lot, considering how much we would happily sell all our earthly belongings and move to the park’s stunningly recreated Diagon Alley.
We headed on over to Universal’s epic resort to road-test the ride for yours truly. It was all a bit immense.
Even the queue is a Hollywood experience
Universal Orlando excels at queue for its rides, almost as much as the main attractions themselves. Considering the potential queue time, it’s a smart move - so just Hogwarts boasts all manner of animated oil paintings, and Escape From Gringotts has fully scripted scenes involving a holographic Domhnall Gleeson/Bill Weasley to keep you amused, so has Skull Island: Reign of Kong been kitted out with exterior and interiors guaranteed to rev up the excitement.
Unidentifiable animal calls hover from some decidedly tropical shrubbery and mist swirls around your feet in the queue outside, while the moment you enter inside you’re embraced by otherworldly, olde-worlde-y oddities.
We won’t give away its best secrets, but know this - amidst the flickering firelight, you’ll meet creatures that’d give David Attenborough a heart attack, some decidedly unfriendly natives, and this ‘animated’ one.
Fierce doesn’t cover the half of it.
Pimp that ride
40ft long, weighing 17 tonnes, and with 45 inch wheels that could drive over the moon (probably), the vehicle you’ll be experiencing the ride in is pretty boss.
And hey, if you reckon size doesn’t matter, then what about this? The vehicles are unmanned and steer independently on a trackless path. In short, there is no driver. There are no rails for it to lock onto. Living in the future, peeps.
The gates are bigger than the Pearly ones
We’d seen the concept art, but nothing will prepare you for the sight of the gargantuan gates creaking open as your truck trundles towards the entrance to Skull Island aproper.
As first impressions go, it’s a pretty daunting, giddy one.
The tech is pretty retina-rattling
Again, we’re not ones to completely ruin the ride before you experience it, but know this - once you’ve driven through those mega-gates, all hell is going to break loose in a combination of accelerating physical environments and some truly impressive 360° 3D interactive VFX-heavy movie scenes.
You’ll be introduced to Skull Island’s scarier, more aggressive denizens along the way (hello Mr. Dinosaur!), plummet a good depth and meet the Big Monkey of the Moment himself. Whether he sees you as friend or foe is something you have to experience yourself. Speaking of which…
OH HAI KONG
While you’re entire adventure revolves around Kong and his escapades, the final part of the ride introduces you to him in a way unlike you’ve ever experienced. You will get up close and personal, physically. It’s pretty spectacular.
The Universal 2-park Bonus ticket includes 14 days unlimited admission to both Universal theme parks plus the live entertainment at Universal’s CityWalk. From £164 adult/£156 child. Find out more at Attraction Tickets Direct.