Guests will travel in a 72-person Jeep-like vehicle through the island as part of Universal's longest-ever and first-ever trackless ride, driving through 3D battles between dinosaurs and monsters and culminating in a face-to-face interaction with a 30ft-tall animatronic of Kong himself. Promising fully immersive interaction through caverns and jungles as visitors are to "feel his breath sweep across your skin" and hear his "thunderous roar reverberate through every bone of your body," it should be as realistic as being there in the flesh -- that is, if the massive mutant spiders, insects, and nightmarish slugs you'll encounter don't consume you first.
Universal Studios has a storied history with horror, having created the original Frankenstein, Dracula, and Creature from the Black Lagoon among others, but staked its claim 25 years ago when Halloween Horror Nights began in Florida and made their debut at Universal Studios Hollywood six years later, employing mazes, scare zones, and haunted houses themed to mega-popular movies like Insidious, The Purge, and -- new for 2016 -- The Exorcist.
Universal Studios is not the only park to program seasonal blood-curdling fear -- Six Flags has been holding Fright Fests at its parks since 1989, and Knott's Berry Farm has transformed into the terror-packed Knott's Scary Farm for the past 43 Halloweens -- but with the expansion of frights on both coasts, Universal is going all in on terror.
"With Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, we've continued to raise the bar by working directly with the creators of top film and TV properties to bring the most terrifying scenes to life," said John Murdy, creative director at Universal Studios Hollywood and executive producer of Halloween Horror Nights. "Soon guests will have a chance to face their fears year-round."