Skull Island: Reign of Kong Removes 3D Glasses After Major Update

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Guests visiting Universal’s Islands of Adventure will note a missing feature on the Skull Island: Reign of Kong attraction. Universal has removed the 3D elements of the ride, thus eliminating the need for the 3D glasses. Universal has not released an official announcement detailing the reason for this change, however it is likely a cost saving measure to reduce the number of cast members needed to operate the attraction.

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For those unfamiliar, Skull Island: Reign of Kong is an immersive ride that takes guests on an adventurous journey to the mysterious Skull Island, home of the legendary King Kong. The queue serves to transport guests into a dense jungle environment, setting the stage for the adventure ahead.


Once aboard the expedition vehicles, riders embark on a journey through the foreboding landscape of Skull Island. The ride utilizes a combination of animatronics, 3D (now 2D) screens, and special effects to bring the world of King Kong to life. Guests encounter various prehistoric creatures and face the wrath of hostile natives before coming face-to-face with the colossal King Kong himself.

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While the 3D glasses did provide a nice bit if immersion, there are no elements to the ride that specifically rely on 3D elements or effects. The Universal Orlando app has been updated, changing the rides category to ‘thrill’ from ‘3-D/4-D Experience,’ indicating this is likely a permanent change and not a short-term adjustment.


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