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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | July 14, 2016

The 1,000-room Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has opened at Universal Orlando, along with a new attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong. The Caribbean-themed hotel's 115,000 square feet of meeting space will open this fall and includes a 41,000-square-foot ballroom, a 31,000-square-foot hall, 16 breakout rooms, 27,000 square feet of prefunction space and 16,000 square-feet of outdoor event space. Other amenities include a pool with a water slide, cabanas and a fire pit. The pool is surrounded by two sand beaches, a waterfall and a lush lagoon, where guests can pick up water taxis to Universal Orlando's theme parks and CityWalk. Among the on-property dining outlets are Amatista Cookhouse, Strong Water Tavern and Drhum Club Kantine.

Universal's new Skull Island mega attraction, according to the company's description, transports guests "deep into a mysterious world, where their mission is to discover creatures of unknown origin with the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading the excursion. After braving ancient temple ruins and encountering hostile natives, they board a massive 40-foot-long, 17-ton expedition vehicle to navigate the increasingly foreboding terrain."