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.
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.
New set-pieces in foreground are being finished
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
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
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
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
Top of temple
The view from Jurassic Park, with Kong looming over Thunder Falls
View of queue building from above. Exit on far right, entrance on bottom left
Queue building has a fort-like roof structure
Work continues on background mural facade
View from Toon Lagoon, small utility/power shed can be seen behind employee only barrier
Edge of building, where theming ends
What look to be exterior lights have been installed along backstage wall
Alicia has been visiting theme parks since the age of 3, has a 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!