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April 2015 Kongstruction Update and Jurassic Park Construction

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Kongstruction continues as Skull Island takes shape at Islands of Adventure. (photos by Seth Kubersky)

It’s been about six weeks since our last Kongstruction update, and progress on the exterior of Universal Orlando’s newest E-Ticket is still progressing rapidly.

Rumor has it that the yet-unannounced Islands of Adventure attraction may be titled Skull Island: Reign of Kong, and it appears on track for a 2016 debut.

Here’s our latest collection of construction photos, all taken (as always) from guest accessible locations.

First, a look at the King Kong project site from the Toon Lagoon side:


The sculpting and painting of the facade is progressing rapidly.

Themed construction walls entering Jurassic Park have been pushed out even further, claiming a snack stand.

You can get the best view of the project from the top of Camp Jurassic:


Jurassic Park Project Dig

On the other side of Jurassic Park, something is afoot in the old Triceratops Trail attraction.

Construction walls were recently erected outside the long-defunct walk-through, and Jay from uncovered a notice of commencement for “Project Dig.”

There is speculation that this will be a meet-and-greet show using life-size Raptor puppets built by Michael Curry (of Broadway’s Lion King and DAK’s Finding Nemo) themed to the new Jurassic World film.

Finally, the automated Photo Connect camera that used to be near Thunder Falls Terrace has been reinstalled between the Discovery Center and the Watering Hole.

The results are amusing, but your image doesn’t blend into the background as well as it did at with original setup.

New version of the Jurassic Park photo op.
Old version of the Jurassic Park photo op.

What new construction at Universal are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!


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Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

One thought on “April 2015 Kongstruction Update and Jurassic Park Construction

  • Looks great. What do the rumours say about when in 2016 it will be open. We plan to visit late April/early May so I have my fingers crossed!


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