Today Universal Orlando Resort announced it's new King Kong attraction. Well, announced is kind of the wrong word as anybody who follows the theme park industry already knew this ride was coming.
Today was pretty much an "unveiling" and a showing not so much of what the ride "is", but really, what the ride "is not". Of course, that didn't stop the internet from going crazy.
Written by Gregg Condon (all artwork courtesy of Universal Orlando)
This really is a continuation of our article from this morning regarding Theme Park fans not giving the "other guy" a shot without seeing for themselves. (Click link to see that article if you haven't already)
First, here is the announcement with Mike West ...
Now I'm going to be 100% honest ... not 5 hours ago myself and I'm guessing a large portion of the internet who has been following the Kong construction figured that what Islands of Adventure was getting was pretty much a version of this ...
It's either very scary or incredibly naive that after seeing the video above or the artwork below how many "fans" still think that this is just a port of the attraction from Universal Studios Hollywood's Studio Tour.
Will there be portions of the same film used in Orlando? It's entirely possible. There are a couple of clips from the USH version in the video. As others more intelligent than myself have pointed out, this is also not out of the ordinary when it comes to Universal attractions. Earthquake/Disaster Transport, Kongfrontation/Kong 1.0 on the USH Studio Tour, etc.
Will the new attraction utilize movie screens ... of course it will. Last I checked, Universal is a "movie" company, this should come as no surprise to anybody. This looks to be the perfect blend of the technology we'll be seeing in Fast and Furious Supercharged next month in Hollywood but on a much larger scale and not limited to what can be done on a tram.
I know this is a lot to ask (apparently), but how about let's wait until Summer 2016 to see what this attraction is all about? Or at least until Universal Orlando releases more specifics.
But honestly, I hope they don't. Let everybody wonder what it's going to be and then let the inevitable group of people who will never ride it tear it down while they wait 3 hours to meet the next Princess.