Universal Studios Hollywood has revealed that King Kong will return in a new "4D" attraction that will feature in the Studio Tour from 2010.
The soundstage housing the park's previous King Kong attraction was burnt to the ground in last June's fire in the studio's backlot. The replacement will be major upgrade based on the 2005 Peter Jackson remake of the original film. Guests will don 3D glasses on entering the soundstage, and will experience a cave full of giant bats before witnessing a showdown between Kong and a giant dinosaur. A mixture of digitally projected images and life-size animatronics will combine to create the attraction's special effects.
Following the fire last year, Universal has invested in major upgrades both to its backlot and to the Studio Tour itself. The sets that burnt down (which also included the New York Street set) have been replaced, and additional sets added. Meanwhile, the trams that carry guests around the tour route are being upgraded with a new digital multimedia system and high-definition screens.
TPT will keep readers up-to-date on any firm opening date for the new King Kong attraction through our "New Attraction Watch" section.