Our great source of Universal Orlando rumors is back with a few more juicy details and even more confirmations of rumblings we have heard in the past few months. Even though these are just plain rumors (nothing that you will read in this post has been confirmed by the Universal Orlando Resort, and can therefore change at any time or could not happen at all), it is always fun thinking about the possible additions that we may see in the near future...
Here's the message we received from our friend just a couple of days ago:
Early [Sunday] morning, the A/V crew installed brand new flat-screen TV's in the Despicable Me queue line. Also last week, almost all of the 2nd story and above windows on the facades of New York and Hollywood areas of Universal Studios Florida were totally replaced. That's somewhat small news but I do have a juicy bit that you will enjoy.
Kong will definitely be returning to Universal Orlando in Islands of Adventure. The attraction will be a mixture of what is running in Hollywood (huge screens on each side of you) and animatronics. As far as the ride vehicles go I have no idea, but I know this is going to be a dark ride so luckily no trams. Universal's secret weapon is said to be a Kong animatronic that will run!
Sounds very, very interesting, doesn't it? There are currently very few Audio-Animatronics that can "run" (the only one we could come up with is the Carnotaurus at DINOSAUR, the dark ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park). If this rumors ends up being true, it looks like we are in for a very special treat.
As you well know, the Universal Parks are really fond of screens (just consider that 90% of the most recent rides are mostly screen-based rides), but they are also capable of creating incredible, life-like Audio-Animatronic figures (see the Goblins inside Gringotts Bank). Even though this ride is still expected to have screens, it would definitely be a breath of fresh air to see one or more major Audio-Animatronics used as part of the attraction. Now it's time for you to share your opinions. What do you think about these rumors?