Universal Studios Orlando Teases New Attraction: Skull Island: Reign of Kong

King Kong ride will be one of the theme park's longest.

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Image courtesy of Universal Studios.

Universal Studios Orlando has released the first photo of a major upcoming addition to its Islands of Adventure rides, Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

The new attraction was inspired by Universal's long-standing entertainment property King Kong. It is unconnected to the upcoming film Kong: Skull Island, which is being produced by Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers. Like that film, however, it appears to be based on a story that is a prequel to King Kong.

According to a press release, the ride will be one of the longest that Universal has created and deliver a ‘powerful storyline' and ‘stunning 3D experience'. The gloomy preview image released by Universal Orlando doesn't give much away but you can see it below.

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"The adventure begins as you set out to explore an island rife with prehistoric creatures of unknown origin and the legend of a beast still undiscovered," says the official description. "You find yourself at a campsite of the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading your adventure."

The description continues...

Once beyond camp, the menacing terrain shows signs of a native presence; beating drums draw you toward an ancient temple. Moving deeper into the ruins reveals a lost shrine - and proof you are not alone. You ignore warnings to turn back.    

You board a specially designed expedition vehicle that will take you deeper into the island.  Mysterious sounds pierce the air and you hear chanting.  And then - you confront an enormous temple wall, complete with carvings and images that seem to pay homage to something you cannot quite comprehend.  The temple's massive wooden doors slowly open, revealing a labyrinth of caves.

Inside the caves, you meet your expedition leader - and suddenly find yourself in the midst of a raging struggle between creatures of incomprehensible size and ferocity.  Then, as those creatures turn on you, there is an even more enormous, earth-pounding presence - bigger, closer and more overwhelming than you can possibly imagine.  It is Kong.  But is he friend or foe?

Skull Island: Reign of Kong is scheduled to open this summer.

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