Kongstruction Update: Kong’s Face Appears in Entrance Arch as Work Continues

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During my recent trip to Universal’s Islands of Adventure I was able to get a bunch of new pictures of the construction progress of Skull Island: Reign of Kong, opening one year from now. The entry arch is starting to actually look like King Kong’s head, which matches the previously released concept art (see below). Other work continues at a rapid pace including more facade paint work, walls going up around the queue building, and land being cleared around the front of the structure to prepare for an outdoor track. And who knows how much work is being done inside the building! Check out the full photo report below and stay tuned for more theme park news!

P1040844Construction Photos:

Work continues on the temple gate

Work continues on the temple gate

"Crumbling" staircase

“Crumbling” staircase

Looking into the temple gate...

Looking into the temple gate…

Scaffolding has been put up in front of the gate hinges

Scaffolding has been put up in front of the gate hinges

A look inside the gate opening

A look inside the gate opening

A ground level view of the structure

A ground level view of the structure. Entrance arch seen on the right.

The entrance arch is starting to look like Kong's head now, in wire form.

The entrance arch is starting to look like Kong’s head now, in wire form.

A comparison of the Kong arch with its concept art.

A comparison of the Kong arch with its concept art.

Close up view of Kong's wire-frame head

Close up view of Kong’s wire-frame head

The temple wall on the right has been fully painted since my last visit

The temple wall on the right has been fully painted since my last visit

The area in front has been cleared to prepare for outdoor track. Utility room seen on left.

The area in front has been cleared to prepare for outdoor track. New utility room can be seen on left.

Close up view of newly painted temple walls

Close up view of newly painted temple walls

Orange/rust color blotches and highlights have been added to punctuate the paint job

Orange/rust color blotches and highlights have been added to punctuate the paint job

Queue building on front-right of structure still being walled up

Queue building on front-right of structure still being walled up

One wall still open in front for easy access and bringing in construction supplies

One wall still open in front for easy access and bringing in construction supplies

Work continues on roof of queue building

Work continues on roof of queue building

This wall looks to be being re-weatherproofed

This wall looks to be being re-weatherproofed

Close up of wall being re-plastered

Close up of wall being re-plastered

View of the structure rising above Jurassic Park's Thunder Falls

View of the structure rising above Jurassic Park’s Thunder Falls

View from Toon Lagoon

View from Toon Lagoon

Sculpted concrete connection between facade and building walls added, filling the gap

Sculpted concrete connection between facade and building walls added, filling the gap

Wide view of the area standing in front of Ripsaw Falls

Wide view of the area standing in front of Ripsaw Falls

Looks as though the big Kong head arch will beckon visitors into the area, as it'll be visible from the Toon Lagoon bridge

Looks like the big Kong head arch will beckon visitors to the area, as it’ll be visible from Toon Lagoon bridge

On my way out I ran into my good friend Bullwinkle. When asked where Rocky was, he pointed to the sky.

On my way out I ran into my good friend Bullwinkle. When asked where Rocky was, he pointed to the sky.

That’s all for this Kongstruction update. View the previous update.

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Also, be sure to check out my recent update from the NBC Media Center now open at the Garden of Allah Villas in Universal Studios.

Note: All images taken from within guest areas.

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