March 2015 Photo Update of IOA’s King Kong Ride

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Construction roars ahead on Islands of Adventure’s Project 340, now officially revealed as King Kong’s return. (photos by Seth Kubersky)

What a difference a quarter makes! Just 90-odd days ago, when we last posted a Kongstruction update, we were looking at the framework of an anonymous building known only as Islands of Adventure‘s Mysterious “Project 340” under construction in a corner of Jurassic Park. Three months dater, thanks to an executive’s slip of the tongue during Comcast’s recent earnings call, we can officially confirm that King Kong is well on his way back to Universal Orlando, and the big ape’s new home is already looking spectacular.

Without further delay, here’s a selection of my latest shots of the every-accellerating construction on IOA’s new King Kong attraction, as seen from guest areas around Toon Lagoon, Thunder Falls Terrace, and Camp Jurassic.

The ride is rumored to open between late 2015 and mid 2016. It will be an all-ages dark ride with a mix of indoor and outdoor sets, animatronics, and video screens.

As a final treat, here’s a look at some of the exterior work that was done on the nearby Jurassic Park River Adventure, which reopens from refurbishment on 3/13.

 

Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

2 thoughts on “March 2015 Photo Update of IOA’s King Kong Ride

  • March 12, 2015 at 9:25 am
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    Universal doesn’t mess around! That building looks huge

  • March 13, 2015 at 6:10 am
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    Very excited about King Kong, but one thing that does puzzle me; is how the walkways around Rip Saw Falls cope with a big new attraction just a few hundred yards away?

    That little bridge can already get a little tricky because of those ‘quarter cannons’!

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