Construction has been going on at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure, and news of an upcoming King Kong movie has fueled speculation among bloggers that that the project could be a new attraction based on the giant ape.
Legendary Entertainment last weekend announced that it would release a movie based on King Kong’s home of Skull Island in 2016. Universal last year struck a deal with Legendary to market, co-finance and distribute its films for five years starting in 2014.
Robert Niles’ blog ThemeParkInsider.com has been reporting for months that Universal will open a King Kong ride, even though the company has not confirmed it.
“Now the other shoe dropped, when they announced they’re doing Skull Island for 2016,” said Robert Niles, publisher of ThemeParkInsider.com
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A Universal spokesman would not comment.
It would make sense that a Kong attraction would open “around the same time you’d have a new Skull Island movie rebooting that franchise,” Niles said.
Other bloggers have been speculating about the link between the film and the construction as well.
A covered, chain-link construction fence stretches from Toon Town to the Jurassic Park River Adventure. Land is cleared, and there are bulldozers and green pipes past the fence.
Universal typically begins construction before announcing projects.
When Legendary announced its deal with Universal in 2013, it specifically mentioned opportunities to expand Legendary’s intellectual property into its theme parks.
Kongfrontation was one of the original rides at Universal, but that closed in 2002 to make way for Revenge of the Mummy.
Many fans would “like to see Kong back in some way,” Niles said. “If a studio’s going to be rebooting the franchise with a new film, they’ve decided they need more attractions in that park….the math works out pretty well on that one.”