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Another peek behind curtain: Universal unveils expedition trucks for new King Kong ride

The 40-foot-long, 17-ton Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride vehicle will use a sophisticated positioning system to independently navigate a rough, jungle road through unpredictable terrain.
The 40-foot-long, 17-ton Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride vehicle will use a sophisticated positioning system to independently navigate a rough, jungle road through unpredictable terrain. Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort on Tuesday unveiled the expedition vehicles that will be used in its King Kong ride, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, to open this summer at Islands of Adventure.

Guests will be transported to Kong’s home on a 40-foot-long, 17-ton bus/truck that can carry 72 passengers.

The first part of the trek, through the jungle and temple ruins, will be done on foot — part of the queue — and the rest of the way will be in the expedition trucks.

The heart of the story is an exploration of a mysterious island where prehistoric creatures still live and legend tells of an unknown great beast.

Universal also announced that the guides who will drive the trucks will play the roles of one of five characters.

A specific opening date has not been announced.

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