When the Universal Studios backlot caught fire in June 2008, it destroyed several parts of the popular tram ride at the theme park in Hollywood, California including a favorite part of the tour for 20 years -- the animated set of King Kong.(Relaxnews) -
When the Universal Studios backlot caught fire in June 2008, it destroyed several parts of the popular tram ride at the theme park in Hollywood, California including a favorite part of the tour for 20 years - the animated set of King Kong.
To rebuild the destroyed ride, the studio brought in film director Peter Jackson, who followed up his renowned Lord of the Rings trilogy with a remake of King Kong in 2005 with Jack Black, Naomi Watts and Adrien Brody.
Jackson has rebooted the attraction with new original material in 360-degree wrap-around images on 180-foot by 40-foot (55 m by 12 m) tall curving screens with a special "Surround Digital Projection System" - and in 3D.
Guests will encounter a swarm of monstrous bats and a ferocious battle between King Kong and a ravenous 35-foot (10 m) tall dinosaur that steps over the trams and bares its teeth.
The attraction, which lasts for two-and-a-half-minutes, will also feature a total sensory experience with aroma and motion simulation, smelling bananas, feeling windy gusts, water sprays, and the ground shaking as the million-pound ape battles a T.Rex.
The King Kong part of the ride is scheduled to premiere this summer. Here is a 44-second video promoting the upcoming ride: