Kongstruction Update: Outdoor Ride Path Work Continues While Skulls and Torches Appear

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I headed out to Universal’s Islands of Adventure on a dark and gloomy December morning to get some new images and video of the construction progress for Skull Island: Reign of Kong. So much has been accomplished since my last update, but I imagine some of the more incredible work has been going on inside the building, beyond those massive gates. According to eye-witnesses, apparently those giant gates have been tested recently and are ready to go. When I came by they were locked open and covered in tarps, but lots of other work was being done: the outdoor ride path and set pieces are coming along nicely, the outdoor and indoor portions of the queue are taking shape, and little flourishes like skulls, spears, and torches have started to appear! Take a look at the images below and watch the video for more. Be sure to share the video and check back soon for more park updates.


Construction Photos:

Had to fight through the holiday crowds to get some images

Had to fight through the holiday crowds to get some images

Kong's head entry arch still has not been painted. Temple gates seen wrapped in tarps behind

Kong’s head entry arch still has not been painted. Temple gates seen wrapped in tarps behind.

New set-pieces in foreground are being finished

New set-pieces in foreground are being finished

Rock formation on left, portion of outdoor ride path on right behind netting

Rock formation on left, portion of outdoor ride path on right behind netting

Large rock centerpiece in center of outdoor track, rising up in front of temple gates

Large rock centerpiece in center of outdoor track, rising up in front of temple gates

Outdoor ride path in background, Kong face entry archway on right. Looks like planters built-in to block queue from entry

Outdoor ride path in background, Kong face entry archway on right. Looks like planters built-in to block queue from entry

Torches added to Kong entry arch, but still not painted or primed as of yet

Torches added to Kong entry arch, but still not painted or primed as of yet

Human skulls added along base of Kong entry arch. Other skulls can be seen on spears throughout area

Human skulls added along base of Kong entry arch. Other skulls can be seen on spears throughout area

Outdoor ride path visible from Camp Jurassic. Is just paved with bumpy surface. No sign of tracks, so hopefully ride will in fact be trackless as rumored

Outdoor ride path visible from Camp Jurassic. Is just paved with bumpy surface. No sign of tracks, so hopefully ride will in fact be trackless as rumored

Large temple gates, covered in plastic tarps

Large temple gates, covered in plastic tarps

Ride show doors that open/close behind large gates to block light after vehicle enters. Skulls on spears can be seen in foreground

Ride show doors that open/close behind large gates to block light after vehicle enters. Skulls on spears can be seen in foreground

Top of temple

Top of temple

Sacrificial alter

Sacrificial alter

The view from Jurassic Park, with Kong looming over Thunder Falls

The view from Jurassic Park, with Kong looming over Thunder Falls

View from above of queue building. Exit on far right, entrance on bottom left

View of queue building from above. Exit on far right, entrance on bottom left

Queue building has a fort-like roof structure

Queue building has a fort-like roof structure

Work continues on background mural facade

Work continues on background mural facade

View from Toon Lagoon, small utility/power shed can be seen behind employee only barrier

View from Toon Lagoon, small utility/power shed can be seen behind employee only barrier

Edge of building, where theming ends

Edge of building, where theming ends

What look to be exterior lights have been installed along backstage wall

What look to be exterior lights have been installed along backstage wall

Backdrop mural blends in well with real foliage

Backdrop mural blends in well with real foliage

Summer cannot come soon enough!!!

Summer cannot come soon enough!!!

That’s all for this Kongstruction update. Check out our huge update of all the work going on at Universal Studios Florida, with video!

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