It’s time for a big update of the construction progress for Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Lots of plants, trees, and bushes have been brought in by the landscaping team. This not only creates an incredible atmosphere, but is also helping to separate the area from neighboring Toon Lagoon. While I was there they were (briefly) testing fire effects as well as testing the blackout doors in the big temple entrance. These are inner doors behind the big gates used to block out the light after the ride vehicle enters the building. Inside the doors you can see a huge animal skull and bones. Lots of work is also being focused on preparing the queue and ride entrance for guests. New lanterns have been added throughout the path and I even saw a ride warning sign up now! Things are getting really close for their Summer opening. Check out the video and photos below and stay tuned for more updates!
WE HAVE FIRE!
While I was there they were only testing the fire effects for a couple minutes
LED lights added inside rockwork for red lighting effects at night
View from above. Outdoor ride track seen wrapping around centerpiece of rocks
Giant temple door seen here open
Huge skull and bones seen inside the show building
Blackout doors seen here closing. Looks like the outside Tower of Terror doors when it closes and opens
Queue entrance being readied to receive guests
Kong arch has received fresh coats of paint to make it look old and new rockwork sign added
New sign embedded in rockwork at entrance, along with torches, skulls and spears
Creepy faces on columns in outdoor queue area
Skulls along roof of covered outdoor queue area behind entrance
Ride warning signs up
Lanterns installed along queue and walkway paths
Further up the path
Outdoor food tent, done in the style of basecamp tent for expedition
Food stand named “The Mess Tent”, like a mess hall
Painted mountain range looks incredible above the area
Opening in the building where ride vehicles exit the load platform for outdoor scene
View from Jurassic Park side, gift shop stand and ride exit on the right
Gift shop stand near ride exit
Lots of trees and plants planted near Toon Lagoon, blocking view from the other land
Oh no… Are those… fans!?! All the way, over here!
Looks like the employee access road near Toon Lagoon will be used as extended queue in cases of huge crowds
That’s all for this Kongstruction update. Check out our recent update from Hello Kitty at Universal Studios Florida, with video!
Alicia has been visiting theme parks since the age of 3, has an incredible knack for memorizing park maps, loves theme park renovations and cannot wait to ride something new. She can often be found taking video of construction sites and riding roller coasters!