Universal Orlando has filed plans to build an enormous new ride at Islands of Adventure, fueling speculation that a new attraction themed around King Kong is on its way to the park.
The plans were submitted to the South Florida Water Management District, and refer to "Project 340". They show the site for the proposed new attraction, which would sit between the existing Jurassic Park and Toon Lagoon areas. There have already been early signs of construction work in this area, with balloons being used to measure the potential height of buildings and other structures.
The image below shows the location of the planned addition. The entire project area covers around 4.5 acres:
The second image shows a huge ride building, spanning around 2.5 acres:
What will actually sit inside that building? Rumors have suggested an attraction based on either Jurassic World (the fourth film in the Jurassic Park series, due for release in 2015) or King Kong.
The Kong reports are currently dominating, with Screamscape suggesting that the headline ride will not be a simple recreation of King Kong 360 3-D at Universal Studios Hollywood. Instead, it could be a major dark ride with outdoor sections featuring high-capacity, safari-style vehicles. These would take guests on a tour of Skull Island, King Kong's home.
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