Universal Orlando announces King Kong attraction

Opening set for 2016 at Islands of Adventure

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando announced Wednesday that its newest attraction will feature King Kong.

"Today, we honor one of the most monumental figures in movie history, King Kong, with the announcement of a groundbreaking attraction opening in the summer of 2016 at Universal's Islands of Adventure -- 'Skull Island: Reign of Kong,'" Universal said in a statement.

The entertainment giant said guests will "navigate perilous jungles, explore ancient temple structures and encounter hostile natives" in addition to "braving foreboding caves crawling with prehistoric creatures, fending off unspeakable terrors and even coming face-to-face" with Kong.

The company said its overarching goal was to create a "massive" attraction.

"I can't wait for this," said Amberly Quaintance, visiting Universal from Las Vegas.

Quaintance said what she knows of King Kong comes from the original 1933 movie, and one of the subsequent remakes in 2005.

"The hand holding Fay Wray and the white dress," Quaintance said. "That's what I remember, and him climbing the building with the bomber planes."

The executive producer for Universal Creative, Mike West, said the ride will be nothing like the movies.

"It's a whole new entity and experience," West said. "Instead of going to New York, you're going to his territory, his island."

West said riders will get into trucks and proceed through 72-foot giant doors at the entrance of Skull Island. From there, the trucks plunge deep into the jungle.

"You will come across incredible creatures," West said. "Slithering and creepy crawly things."

West said the trucks will continue through the attraction until it reaches the end, where riders will come face-to-face with King Kong.

"I bet he jumps out at you," said one park visitor.

"Yeah, I bet he tries to eat you," her sister said.

Ride officials are keeping the details of the end of the ride somewhat hush-hush. As a result, riders won't know when to expect Kong, or know what he'll look like until they ride next summer.

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