Yesterday while walking among a 360lb Bengal Tiger, a 13 foot Python, a feisty monkey, and tribal dancers who kept on telling me to touch their dinosaur bones I became entranced with the world of Skull Island and a gorilla who’s eaten one too many Big Macs.
I was not alone, The Office’s Craig Robinson, Oscar Nunez, and Kate Flannery, along with Kevin Smith, Yvette Nicole Brown of Community, Wayne Brady,Wanted and King Kong’s Thomas Kretschmann, and a very shy Christopher Lloyd were all there sampling the gourmet apps and reveling in a filmed introduction to the experience by none other than a slimmed down Peter Jackson in 3D.
When I finally climbed on a somewhat wet tram, I was thrilled. Universal has completely redone the entrance to the soundstage by reusing the old falling bridge gag and making it a part of Skull Island – how very green of them. As the tram drove into the soundstage we were plunged into a pit of darkness and the sound of booming drums. Suddenly our tram was surrounded by a luscious and very humid 3D jungle environment.
We were not alone. Huge T-Rexs roared at and rocked our tram not unlike many Hollywood film producers. Thankfully King Kong was there to save us. Well, he didn’t as much save us as wrestle the T-Rexs Hulk Hogan style on the side of, on top of, and all around our tram while splashing us with water (or was that spit?).
After an endless battle, the adventure was over and the lights were turned on. What once was a savage landscape was instead two very large IMAX screens on either side of us.
If King Kong 360 3D is a future forecast of theme park attractions, then I’m all for it. The next step would be walking into a fully immersive environment and taking on all comers, not unlike the X-Men’s Danger Room. With the premiere of this ride, I may not have to wait long. Be sure and stay tuned to The Flickcast for a comprehensive video report from the scene that will rock your world.