Universal Orlando on Monday released the first images of the great ape to be the centerpiece of Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a new attraction opening this summer.
King Kong will be lifelike in facial expressions, Universal says, and 26 feet tall, with a head as big as a car and a chest 18 feet across.
The mammoth attraction is under construction at Universal's Islands of Adventure. An opening date hasn't been announced, but a media preview is scheduled for June 22.
The King Kong attraction has been under construction for more than a year, with huge rock walls rising from what looks like an ancient temple in a primordial jungle setting. It will have an elaborate queue and environment, Universal creators have said.
Universal worked with Peter Jackson, the director of 2005's King Kong, a $207 million spectacle that was, at the time, the most expensive movie ever filmed.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer