The announcement of Legendary Entertainment’s movie based on King Kong’s Skull Island birthplace has fueled speculation about a like attraction at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure.
In true Universal fashion, mum’s the word although bloggers such as Robert Niles of ThemeParkInsider.com have been speculating about plans for months. Construction is already underway on the site in question, which runs from Toon Lagoon to the Jurassic Park River Adventure.
Universal has plans to market, co-finance, and distribute Legendary Entertainment’s films for five years. The 2013 deal mentions the expansion of Legendary Entertainment’s properties in its theme parks.
According to Niles, the announcement of the Skull Island film was made at Comic-Con in San Diego.
It wouldn’t be the first iteration at Universal for King Kong, Niles says.
If you noted that we wrote about Kong “returning” to Universal Orlando earlier in this post, the “Kongfrontation” attraction ran from the opening of Universal Studios Florida in 1990 until 2002, when it closed to make way for Revenge of the Mummy. A dark ride with an animatronic Kong, the ride was based on the original King Kong Encounter at Universal Studios Hollywood, which featured a 30-foot-tall animatronic Kong designed by Disney Legend Bob Gurr. After Hollywood’s Kong encounter burned during the 2008 backlot fire, the Hollywood park replaced it with the current King Kong 360/3-D on its Studio Tour attraction.
Rumors will continue, of course, until Universal pundits finally break their silence.