Video Blog: Universal Studio's King Kong 360 3-D Experience
by Alex Billington
June 30, 2010
Yesterday morning I attended a big press event for the grand opening of Universal Studios brand new King Kong 360 3-D experience that's a part of the tram ride at that theme park. I'm a big fan of theme parks and have visited most of them in Orlando and California, so I'm familiar with all of the great movie-themed rides and was honestly excited to see Peter Jackson creating this brand new, innovative attraction at Universal Studios involving King Kong. It's being marketed as the "world's largest" and "most intense" 3-D experience ever, but is it actually that? Having now "ridden" it I can tell you that it's sadly not even worth experiencing.
Instead of trying to explain why King Kong 360 3-D was the most underwhelming "ride" I've been on in text here, I recorded a video blog with Peter from SlashFilm talking about what we thought of it. Watch below:
The big problem with the ride is that it's just way too short, no more than 90 seconds from start to finish. The 3-D looked OK and it was pretty damn cool seeing an entire four car tram watching one big 3-D action scene, but it's a very lackluster "experience" and I think Universal Studios is overselling it in the marketing. If I would've actually paid the full admission price to get into the park and see this, I would've been quite upset, so I hope I prevent some of you from making that mistake. I really wish I could've enjoyed it, I was honestly hoping it was going to be like the older King Kong ride in Orlando, but alas it certainly was not.
The decision to add this new attraction was made when the studio fire of 2008 burned down the old ride, so Universal had Peter Jackson develop this "new ride for a new decade." It features two curved 3-D screens on both sides of the studio tram, hydraulic motion systems and a fully immersive 360 degree 3-D experience, or so they claim. I've added one more photo below to give you an idea of what it looks like when you're actually on the ride. For more details, visit the King Kong 360 3-D website at: universalstudioshollywood.com.