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King Kong back on top at Universal

Universal Orlando Resort has announced initial details of the next phase of its timeless King Kong ‘legend’, Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

King Kong

The park promises that guests will board a specially designed expedition vehicle ‘that will do what no other Universal ride vehicle can do and take them where no other vehicle can go’.

The 40-foot-long, 17-tonne expedition vehicle will use a sophisticated positioning system to independently navigate a rough jungle road through unpredictable terrain. The front and back axles that support the vehicle’s 45-inch wheels can be steered individually, allowing the vehicle to take sharp turns and pull off complicated manoeuvres.

It will be one of the most immersive and realistic theme park experiences ever created.

As guests board their expedition vehicle, they will meet one of the five guides who will be their driver – each with a distinct personality.

There will be Becky Callahan, the loose-cannon cowgirl who isn’t fazed by the dangers awaiting her on Skull Island; Will Denham, a fresh-faced, adventure-seeking younger cousin of famed movie director Carl Denham; Jinks Costanza, a hardened New York City ex-con who is wary of the island’s mysteries; Kalana, a mystical descendent of the natives who first settled on the island; and Charles ‘Doc’ Jordan, a PhD student in palaeontology who took time off from his studies to explore the world.

Additional details about Skull Island: Reign of Kong are yet to be revealed.

universalorlando.com/ReignofKong

Legoland builds new bricks

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort has embarked on a slate of projects that represent the largest period of growth in the nearly four-and-a-half-year history of the resort.

Legoland

The resort is developing on-site accommodations, an immersive new theme park land with an interactive attraction, the first-ever expansion of its water park, a new ‘4D’ theatrical attraction and an all-new summertime event.

Already welcoming guests at LEGOLAND Water Park is the new Creative Cove, featuring Build-A-Boat. Here kids can create and race LEGO watercraft through ‘fast-flowing rivers’ in a setting inspired by the LEGO City Coast Guard sets.

Opening May 26 is LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS4D: The Book of Creativity. Set in the futuristic Kingdom of Knighton, this new 12½-minute immersive theatrical attraction will pit five young knights against the evil Jestro and his sidekick, the Book of Monsters, in a battle for control of a rare book of magic that gives its owner tremendous power.

Due to debut this summer, LEGOLAND Night Lights – summer 2016 is being billed as a celebration of summertime fun, featuring extended park hours, meet-and-greet opportunities with favorite LEGO characters, the chance to build alongside LEGO Master Model Builders and a NINJAGO fireworks display that will light the night above Lake Eloise. The party is included with park admission and will take place every Saturday and Sunday from June 18 to July 31.

Opening in early 2017, LEGO NINJAGO® World, inspired by the series of LEGO building sets and the long-running TV show ‘LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu,’ will be an all-new, fully immersive theme park that will invite guests to step into a martial arts kingdom. On LEGO NINJAGO The Ride, up to four guests per vehicle will blast animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice using nothing more than their hands as they travel through dojos mastering their skills before teaming up to defeat a powerful villain.

And due to come on-stream by mid-2017, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat will surf, sand and sun with the creativity of LEGO® on a picturesque site next to Lake Dexter. The lakefront resort will feature 83 single-story duplex units.

Amenities will include a themed pool, a sandy play area, a buffet-style restaurant and complimentary transportation to and from the theme park.

legoland.com/florida

 

Seattle in reach at Space Needle

Seattle’s Space Needle has launched a new ‘digital experience’ for visitors.

Seattle

With a new mobile app and digital kiosks like the 520 ‘Teleporter’ and touchscreen Ipad, guests can ‘transport’ themselves to a series of other attractions in the city, like the playing field of the Seattle Seahawks NFL team or climb aboard one of the houseboats on Lake Union.

"I've tried the Teleporter and it is great fun," said Caroline Corfield-Rose, UK representative for Port of Seattle.

“Every visitor to the Space Needle should try it.”

The Space Needle towers 520 metres above the city.

Spaceneedle.com/app