Stick a fork in Kong - he's done
Published: June 3, 2008 at 4:39 PM
Here's the statement from Universal:
New York Street will be rebuilt and a new attraction will replace King Kong. We expect the backlot to be completely rebuilt within several months and replacement for King Kong to be announced in the coming months.
Universal Creative's Mike West talked last month in an audio interview with Theme Park Insider about Universal's desire to keep its attractions fresh. At the time I thought to myself, "Hmm, Kong and Jaws are feeling a little stale at USH. Wonder if we'll get anything new on the west coast anytime soon?"
Well, consider this the fire that broke the big ape's back. Yes, the attractions are classics. But they don't resonate with today's movie and TV audiences the way that The Simpsons or even Jurassic Park do. If the old attraction's still standing, there's a cost incentive to let it remain until one can make a business case to replace it with something new.
But if that ride burns down, well, it just doesn't make sense to spend money to rebuild an attraction that probably was on the chopping block short list anyway. Let's see what Universal comes up with.
I know Universal people read TPI, so, let's hear it, TPI readers... what should Universal build to replace Kong on the Studio Tour?