The non-stop construction continues for the new multi-sensory ride, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, opening soon at Islands of Adventure. Today I got my first glimpse of vehicle testing and got a chance to see what else is being worked on at the site. The food stand, named “The Mess Tent”, is nearly ready to start serving guests. It already has all the equipment and warmers it needs to offer snacks like soft pretzels, churros, and cold drinks. And now they’re decorating it with nets, ropes, and other decor to better match the area. New exterior lighting has appeared, mainly pointing at the temple gates and surrounding area. Much of the lighting has a blue tint to create the perfect nighttime mood after dark. I also saw folks painting and set-dressing the area near the entrance, adding accents to bamboo spears and painting. Check out the video and snapshots below and stay tuned for more updates!
Approaching the area from the Jurassic Park side
Ride vehicle entering the outdoor scene
Ride vehicle rounding the corner of the outdoor scene
Here you can see the window separating guests from the “driver”
Vehicle tracking devices seen on roof. Bumpy road surface below vehicle.
Giant skull and skeleton inside the first show scene indoors
A look at the outdoor ride section from the ground
Walking down the pathway in front of Kong. Food stand roof seen on left
Food stand is named “The Mess Tent”
Nets and rope being added to food stand for theming accents
Crew adding more rope and nets to snack stand
Pretzels, churros, and a glass case… perhaps for brookies? Or maybe Kong themed… banana cakes?
Beautiful stone walls with lanterns and landscaping separating pathway from outdoor queue paths
Focusing our attention to work being done near queue entrance
Plastic wraps finally removed from bamboo spikes
Synthetic black “hair” tied around stakes, waving in the wind
Crew member gabbing handful of fake hair to tie around stakes
Big ‘ol pile of fake hair
Crew member weather-proofing/painting bamboo stakes amidst a wall of skulls
Closer view of bamboo painting
Bamboo wall separating parts of the queue
Closer view of bamboo wall
Outdoor lanterns have all been on while work continues during the day
Fancy new exterior lighting added across the path, facing temple
Closer view of fancy new lighting
Similar new lighting added near outdoor ride path, facing temple gates
Lots of spotlights added around top of gates and what looks like LED lights added inside center mouth
LED lights just laying in here? Not yet fully installed or obscured
Lots of spotlights added on the ground along ride path as well
A not-so-hidden speaker among the plants
What looks to be a surveillance camera lodged in a rock. Can you spot it?
What looks to me like a surveillance camera facing the outdoor ride path
Creepy little alien looking weather gauge on the roof
Incredible mountain range… you can see where the ride vehicles come out of the building at bottom
Opening in wall where vehicles come out
Inside you can see roots and cave-like rockwork on the wall
That’s all for this Kong update!
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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 wandering the parks and riding coasters!