King Kong 360 3-D opens today in Hollywood
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Only the coolest movies get their own theme park rides.
Last week, film buffs descended on Orlando, Florida to drink butterbeers and ride roller coasters during the grand opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” part of Universal Studios’ larger theme park. Today, our attentions cross the country for yet another opening tied to a successful movie franchise: King Kong.
In what is being described as the “world’s largest 3-D experience,” this interactive ride at Universal Studios Hollywood takes patrons on a 5-minute tram ride through Kong’s world on Skull Island. But “King Kong” director Peter Jackson and his creative team at Weta Digital Limited worked their own magic to improve the experience. Guests will get their first look today.
Leading up to the release, the L.A. Times interviewed Weta visual effects supervisor Matt Aitken, while Slash Film dug up some “Making of” clips regarding the history of the ride, as well as Jackson’s involvement in the improvements. Check them out here and here. They are good previews for what promises to be a wild ride.
Now if Jackson could just figure out this “Hobbit” mess, we’d be all set.
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