Video Blog: Universal Studio's King Kong 360 3-D Experience

June 30, 2010

King Kong 360 3D Experience

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 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:

Universal Studios King Kong 360 3D

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dude, i dont go to theme parks that much. my last time was in 2006 in disney world. i know how it feels to be let down big time. The lines werent that bad cause we had fast pass or whatever. Some of them were just not worth it. it's like im riding through someone's shit. too bad for you though.

Eli on Jun 30, 2010


Oh my god! dont remind me about it burning down... when i was 7 i dreamed about walk on the back to the future set

Said on Jun 30, 2010


i didnt know it burnt down. that's awful.

Eli on Jun 30, 2010


What? The ride was a disappointment? Darn! I saw the preview on ABC on this ride like 2 weeks ago, then when i went to Six Flags and went on the Dark Knight ride i was very disappointed. Man, whats happening with all these lame rides based on great films?

Nikhil H on Jun 30, 2010


The King Kong attraction is part of the Universal backlot tour. The old King Kong attraction was about 90 seconds too. But the whole backlot tour is about 45 minutes and offers about 6 attractions.

ModernRock on Jun 30, 2010


I would spend $70 to see that pissed-off monkey the dude in tights and painted abs at the end of the video. Good stuff.

Sha on Jun 30, 2010


Why didn't you guys record the ride??? here is a video of it on the tram, i got on the other day its cool for what it is.

TheLOLrapist on Jul 1, 2010


#7 that didn't take long to get blocked.................

SHANEDAV on Jul 1, 2010


#7 This video contains content from NBC Universal, who has blocked it on copyright grounds. lame ...

PinkSushit on Jul 1, 2010


Is it worse than the Twister experience?

Payne by name on Jul 2, 2010



Julie on Jul 3, 2010


The new "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" is the best ride ever! Like WOW!Worth the money and wait! This King Kong ride sounds like they made it too short and a big mistake.

Jedibilly on Jul 3, 2010

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