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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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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • June 30, 2010 | Permalink |

    Everyone over here at the Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City is really excited to have this attraction open up and so are the guests. Our sales team gets to experience it tonight and we cannot wait! We are sending everyone over and suggesting you purchase tickets ahead of time with your stay so that you can get the most out of your visit to North Hollywood.

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