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Universal Orlando reveals details for 'Skull Island: Reign of Kong' attraction

By Karen Butler   |   Feb. 27, 2016 at 12:45 PM

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Universal Orlando Resort's Islands of Adventure has revealed details for Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

Set to open this summer, the attraction is inspired by the upcoming King Kong prequel Kong: Skull Island, which is to be released March 10, 2017. The movie will star Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Toby Kebbell and Corey Hawkins.

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"You will be thrust into an exotic world filled with the menacing, the intense -- and the wildly entertaining," a press release from the theme park promised.

"A powerful storyline, a stunning 3D experience, innovative technology -- and the unexpected -- will pull you into one of Universal Orlando's most massive adventures yet. This is a multi-dimensional experience filled with surprise -- all wrapped into what will be one of the longest Universal ride experiences ever created."

The adventure begins at a campsite of the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading the expedition.

"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," the press release said. "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?"

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