By Linda Carlson

 

Universal Orlando Resort celebrates the opening of Skull Island: Reign of Kong today, making this the resort’s newest mega-attraction. As the adventure begins, guests are transported deep into a mysterious world where their mission is to discover creatures of unknown origin with the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading the excursion. After braving ancient temple ruins and encountering hostile natives, they board a massive 40-foot-long, 17-ton expedition vehicle to navigate the increasingly foreboding terrain.

The specially designed expedition vehicle, which operates on a completely trackless ride system, takes guests deeper into the ominous island, where they soon find themselves in the midst of a brutal struggle between beasts of unimaginable size and ferocity.

Then, as those creatures turn on the expedition, there is an even more enormous, earth-pounding presence – Kong in the flesh. Towering nearly three stories tall, he is so close that you can feel his breath and sense his emotion. But is he friend or foe?

For more information about Reign of Kong, at blog.universalorlando.com.

More good news: Universal Orlando’s fifth on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, will welcome its first guests tomorrow. The 1,000-room Caribbean-themed hideaway will feature the destination’s largest resort-style pool with a water slide, cabanas and a fire pit. The pool is surrounded by two sand beaches, a picturesque waterfall and a breathtaking lush lagoon, which will take guests to Universal Orlando’s two incredible theme parks and CityWalk via water taxi. The hotel will also feature several unique and immersive dining experiences.