The June 2008 backlot fire at Universal Studios was tragic on several levels but none more so than the loss of the great King Kong ride that was a staple of the theme park. Gone for good was the giant animatronic monkey and his banana-scented breath. It left quite a void. Thankfully said void is about to be filled.
According to The LA Times after nearly 19 months away from the spotlight, a new King Kong — more grizzled and definitely ferocious — is preparing to return to Universal Studios Hollywood.
In what is being called “the largest 3D exhibit in the world”,, visitors taking the new ride will not only see “Kong in three dimensions but also smell his banana breath, feel the gust of wind as he jumps over the guests, and sense the ground quake when the ape engages a Tyrannosaurus rex in a life-or-death battle”.
From the article — “During a recent preview of the technology, a dirty, battle-scarred Kong stared menacingly out from two 180-foot-long by 40-foot-tall screens that wrap around the trams that will carry visitors. In another scene, a 35-foot-tall T. rex stepped over the trams, turned to the audience, and bared its massive teeth.
‘You are really going to be immersed in every part of the show,’ Universal Studios show producer Valerie Johnson-Redrow said during the preview for employees and advertising sponsors last week.”
The new Kong ride will debut this summer. Hit up the above link for more!
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