Skull Island: Reign of Kong, Universal Releases It’s Story and More Details

skullislandheaderEarlier this morning, on Universal Orlando’s park blog, more details and the entire back story to Universal’s Islands of Adventure’s newest attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong.  The story is incredibly detailed and sounds very exciting.  Check out the official press release below.


It all begins with Skull Island – a land shrouded in mystery, steeped in ancient tales of colossal creatures fighting for dominance of a lost world. The name alone is enough to keep any adventurous soul from setting foot on its foreboding shoreline, to say nothing of mustering the courage to explore its terrifying interior.

Despite the apprehension of such an undertaking, you decide to join the 8th Wonder Expedition Company on their daring research adventure. Your mission: to discover species of unknown origin dwelling within the hidden mysteries of the island. Your hope is to substantiate the existence of prehistoric creatures.


Your first objective is to reach the communication base amid the outlying ruins. Communication is key and a crackling radio broadcast from scientists, expedition leaders and fellow explorers warns of the treacheries that lay ahead.

Undaunted—though certainly a bit uneasy—you head towards your next objective: the 8th Wonder Expedition base camp.

There is a hypnotic presence in the rhythmic beating of distant drums that draws you deeper and deeper into an ancient ruin, almost against your will. Signs of a native presence become evident. But are they still around?

Finally, you make it through to base camp and expedition vehicles. You set off for the heart of the island to rendezvous with your expedition leader.


Within minutes, you come upon a massive temple wall. Drums beat, flames arise, huge wooden doors swing open and you drive through. You now face a dark labyrinth of caves where danger lurks around every bend.

You manage to narrowly escape the caves… but the jungle ahead holds yet another breathtaking challenge. Suddenly, you find yourself in the midst of a raging struggle between creatures of incomprehensible size and ferocity. All seems lost until, from out of nowhere, a deafening roar cuts through the melee. The mighty Kong has arrived!

But is he friend or foe? Well, you’ll have to find out this summer.


I have been looking forward to Skull Island: Reign of Kong since its construction began in 2014.  I am more excited for this ride more than anything else opening in 2016.  As one of Universal’s longest rides ever,  Guests will board adventure trucks and journey deep into the caves of Skull Island where it is expected they will encounter bugs, dinosaurs, and the King himself.  Along with the story line, Universal also released a new ‘making of’ video.

Skull Island: Reign of Kong will not be the same experience Guests partake in on Universal Hollywood’s tram tour with King Kong 360: 3D.  Our version will be using a mixture of 3D screens combined with live sets and is even rumored to have an animatronic King Kong!  Skull Island: Reign of Kong is expected to open this summer, possibly May!


About Chris DiPaula

Creator of DiPaula on Disney: entertainment website dedicated to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, other Florida parks and activities, and other adventures. Co-creator and producer of Parks, Brews, and Geek News: an entertainment website dedicated to the Florida theme parks including Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, movie & geek news, and food and brews. Chris DiPaula has been an avid theme park and amusement park goer since childhood and a die hard Disney fan for as long as he can remember. He is currently an active concierge Cast Member at Walt Disney World Resort and has worked for The Walt Disney Company since 2011. Previously, he worked for Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando in the entertainment technician field as well.

Posted on February 25, 2016, in Park News, Universal Orlando and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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