Universal theme park to revive, update its King Kong attraction

Contributed by
Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Universal Studios Hollywood announced that it will bring back its popular King Kong feature, part of the famed studio tour, in the summer of 2010, two years after a fire destroyed the original attraction.

The new King Kong will be part of an upgraded studio tour and is described as a "thrilling and ground-breaking 4-D multi-sensory marvel."

The new King Kong attraction will be based on Peter Jackson's 2005 movie and will combine special effects with the world's largest Surround Digital projection system.

Guests will don special glasses as they enter a darkened soundstage aboard the studio tour trams and will be transported via the magic of Surround Digital 3-D projection deep into the heart of the world of Skull Island. They'll survive a close encounter with a swarm of monstrous bats only to be confronted by the terrifying presence of Kong himself.

Suddenly, an enormous, ravenous 35-foot-tall dinosaur will challenge Kong, and guests will feel their trams jolt, roll and shudder as they find themselves caught in the middle of a ferocious showdown between the great ape and the giant lizard.

The previous King Kong attraction was introduced at Universal Studios Hollywood in 1986 and remained a much-admired part of the Studio Tour until it was destroyed last year.

Other enhancements to the studio tour will transform trams into mobile movie theaters with state-of-the-art flat-screen high-definition monitors and digital playback systems.