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Universal Orlando Skull Island: Reign of Kong Details, Plus Sapphire Falls Resort Deal


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Universal Orlando is continuing to roll out some new major attractions, additions, and adventures. Universal Studios Orlando is the family vacation destination, and the resort isn’t slowly down when it comes to pleasing park guests and creating an experience you’ll never forget. After the massive success of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you can find a TON of our firsthand coverage by clicking here, Kong is returning with Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

Universal never fails when it comes to pioneering new experiences. The creative team works to bring guests to the forefront of technology with attractions that provide guests with something they’ve never seen or felt before. Think of Harry Potter’s Forbidden Journey ride or the new Escape from Gringotts attraction that will wow everyone from the Potter enthusiast to the average Muggle.

Related: Skull Island: Reign of Kong – Universal Orlando Confirms Attraction Addition #ReignofKong

Skull Island: Reign of Kong won’t fail to deliver on the jaw-dropping thrill factor. Last time we were at the theme park, I experienced the Christmas events that answered the question, “Where are you Christmas?” But, I also peeked at construction of the ride, which was still a secret. Now, we are finally getting the intriguing details!

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*The vehicles guests will ride in are 40-feet-long and designed to “take sharp turns and pull off complicated maneuvers.” Plus, they are trackless!

Does that mean guests will get a heart-pounding thrill ride with lots of twists and turns? Probably!

*It will be one of the most immersive and realistic ride experiences on Earth – all within one of the most immersive and realistic theme park experiences ever created.

Again, Universal ups the attraction game with yet another new creation which will set the bar even higher.

*As guests board their expedition vehicle, they will meet one of the five guides who will be their driver – each with a distinct personality.

• Becky Callahan: The loose-cannon cowgirl who isn‟t fazed by the dangers awaiting her on Skull Island.
• Will Denham: The fresh-faced, adventure-seeking younger cousin of famed movie director Carl Denham.
• Jinks Costanza: A hardened New York City ex-con who is wary of the island‟s mysteries.
• Kalana: A mystical descendent of the natives who first settled on the island.
• Charles “Doc” Jordan: A PhD student in paleontology who took time off from his studies to explore the world.

It looks like fans will get different guide options with every ride, making each experience unique.

We can’t wait to experience this new attraction at Universal Studios Orlando!

Related: Orlando Hotel Review: Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

And don’t forget about Universal Studios Orlando’s new on-site hotel, Sapphire Falls Resort.

Sapphire Falls is due to open in just a few months. The resort joins Universal Orlando’s lineup of on-site hotels – all created with Loews – giving guest a total of 5 choices for accommodation locations. Of course, a stay at Sapphire Falls will allow Universal Studios park visitors perks like early theme park admission, complimentary transportation to the theme parks, and early entry. Take note that the new Universal hotel is a “Preferred on-site hotel,” which means it’s a mid-range level comparable to Royal Pacific Resort. However, it appears guests won’t be able to score the FREE Universal Express pass.

Just like with Universal’s dedication to amazing food that is crafted by some of the most talented hands in the business, Sapphire Falls will have several unique dining experiences.

o Amatista Cookhouse: a Caribbean-inspired restaurant with an open exhibition kitchen and outdoor dining.
o Strong Water Tavern: a destination lobby lounge overlooking the hotel’s towering waterfalls and offering a tapas-style menu.
o Drhum Club Kantine: a poolside bar and grill serving freshly-grilled fare and specialty cocktails.
o New Dutch Trading Co.: a quick-service marketplace.

If you book at least 4 nights by May 31, guests will get $150 hotel dining credit per room good at any of the 4 onsite eateries and room service!

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  1. Rachel says

    I’m so excited about this new ride and hotel! Universal has a lot of cool stuff coming out the next couple years.

  2. Robin Masshole Mommy says

    I am so glad they brought King Kong back to Universal. I was sad when the old ride closed.

  3. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says

    How cool is that?! I love that their will be different options on each go. I’m a big fan of finding my favorite attractions and going through them several times. This will keep it interesting.

  4. Jeanette says

    I need to get back down to Universal! I have not been back there in years, but this ride looks amazing! I love anything that goes fast!!

  5. Risa says

    I haven’t been to Universal Studios in years! It looks like they have many more fun attractions there now. I’d love to go again sometime!

  6. lisa says

    My family and I love Universal Studios Orlando! There are so many fun things to do and now it sounds like they’re making it even better! Can’t wait to go back!

  7. Mandi says

    I love that Universal is stepping up and revamping. We live by CA and are so excited there is finally a Harry Potter world!

  8. Terri Beavers says

    I can’t wait to see all of the new attractions. We always have a great time at Universal Studios and I’m looking forward to seeing what is new on our next trip.

  9. Liz Mays says

    Oh my gosh this is going to be so cool. I’m definitely going to plan a Universal trip with my daughter to see some of the new attractions.

  10. Up Run For Life says

    I haven’t been to Universal Studios. I hope I can go one day. At the moment I’m not allowed to ride on coasters or over do things since I just had back surgery in December.

  11. Claudia Krusch says

    I need to get back down to Universal! I have not been back there in many years, this ride looks amazing! Thank you for sharing it!

  12. Lynndee says

    My husband and I were just talking about theme parks the other day. I’m a scaredy cat when it comes to rides, but him? He said he’ll ride ’em all with our son.:) But I would love to visit that park. Bet it’s super fun there!

  13. MaggieBranch says

    This looks like a super cool resort! I love all of the options that Orlando offers now and can not wait to experience that magic with my son!

  14. Kathy says

    I would love to go there! That is my kind of place. I think my entire family would have a lot of fun there too. I know where I’ll be going now if I ever get to visit Universal Orlando!

  15. Ann Bacciaglia says

    I have never been to Universal Studios. I am hoping to bring my family there next year. It looks like so much fun.

  16. Bonnie @wemake7 says

    That looks so awesome. I hope I can visit there some day.

  17. cathy says

    Wow, it looks absolutely amazing! They have begun creating some really cool things!

  18. Chubskulit Rose says

    We went to Universal Studios few years ago and the kids had a great time out there.

  19. CourtneyLynne says

    Omg a new ride?!?! How fun! I will have to plan a day at universal to check it out.

  20. Marielle Altenor says

    What a sweet deal! I wish I was heading there, I’d book by May 31st to get the dining credit! lol

  21. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says

    I am Universal Virgin! I have never visited any Disney Park or Universal either (not as a kid or an adult) – so thanks for the recos!

  22. Shaney Vijendranath (youbabyandi) says

    I’m visiting the USA soon! Eeeek I am so excited because I am visiting Orlando too so will be checking out more posts on your blog. Definitely visiting here.

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