Universal Orlando has released new details on its upcoming King Kong ride, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, which is set to open this summer at Universal's Islands of Adventure.
During the ride guests will travel on a specially designed expedition vehicle that will use a positioning system to independently navigate a "rough, jungle road." The front and back axles of the 40-foot-long, 17-ton vehicle can be steered individually, allowing it to make sharp turns and complicated maneuvers.
One of five guides will serve as the driver of the vehicle, each with a different character. Becky Callahan is billed as a loose-cannon cowgirl, while Will Denham is an adventure-seeking younger cousin of a famous movie director, Carl Denham. Jinks Costanza, a hardened New York City ex-con, Kalana, a descendent of the island's first natives, and Charles "Doc" Jordan, a PHD student in paleontology, will also round out the cast of potential drivers.