Rumors have been surfacing about the return of King Kong to Universal Orlando Resort®, and on February 24th, Comcast Corp. executives finally confirmed what many have been hoping to be true – King Kong is coming back. Chief Financial Officer Michael Angelakis said “We continue to invest in attractions including Harry Potter and the Fast and Furious attractions in Hollywood, and a King Kong attraction in Orlando. … We are transforming our parks into must-see destinations and are very enthusiastic about their potential.”
Universal Orlando Resort® reported a 17.3 percent increase in revenue from 2013 to 2014, with fourth quarter business up nearly 30 percent from $566 million in 2013 to $735 million last year, and with the Harry Potter attractions drawing huge crowds, Universal Orlando Resort® wants to continue to invest in park attractions.
The former ride, Kongfrontation, closed in 2002 and was replaced by Revenge of the Mummy, and many fans have been adamant about a King Kong return to the park. Construction work next to the Jurassic Park ride at Universal Orlando Resort®, has many fans speculating that it could be the King Kong attraction, though no reports have surfaced that indicate the attraction will open this year.
With a King Kong movie in pre-production and scheduled for a 2017 release, an attraction to complement the film may not be too far off.