Stick a fork in Kong - he's done
Universal Studios Hollywood confirmed today that it will not
rebuild the King Kong attraction that burned Sunday
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?
I just typed up a long, somewhat eloquent response, which I accidentally deleted. Arrrg. Here's the cliffnotes:
I assume that the new attraction, whatever it is, will need to follow the basic format of the other Studio Tour attractions, namely, it will be a drive-through for the tour trams, and visitors will not exit the trams. Nor will visitors be wearing 3D glasses.
Of all attractions, why couldn't it just be the Fast & The Furious that was destroyed? That has to be one of the worst additions to the park. Sure, it's more up to date, but it's horrible.
They could take advantage of The Incredible Hulk film coming up, or do a scene with a slew of Marvel characters. Now, when I say Marvel characters, I mean as they appear in recent years.
I like the idea of a movie history tribute. Have something like at the end of Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Call me sentimental, but I want Kong Back! I am sick of the Simpsons. Guess What, I do not like the Simpsons! True, I might be the only one, but that entire tour was a classic with Jaws and Kong. The Mummy replacing Kong at USO was premature since the movie just came out. I do not really see anything else fitting that well.
I am thinking Back to the Future. :-)
Even though the Backlot Tour is a mainstay at the park, it really limits the possibilities when considering a replacement. I am a HUGE fan of well designed dark rides and, of course, coasters. I guess whatever ends up being designed will fall a little short for me.
Wow I've seen a few good ideas here! My first impulse was to mention Battlestar Gallactica. If anyone is old enough to remember when the OLD B.G. Scene was part of the tram tour, I always thought it was the best, because it did have live actors & droids. the laser battle inside the stage was pretty awesome, before you entered, the tram was ordered to halt by a centurion patrol that had just fired upon it. It was an immersive experience that worked so much better than most on that tour. Roberts point about the movies that grossed $ led me to think that a new Kong might be the way to go, though not as current as B.G. Either way, since Hollywood is so keen on redoing the classics, pehaps they'll do the same with attractions. What they should NOT do is ruin the old concept with a paint job.(I.E. the ice tunnel from the bionic series, trying to be volcanic completely ruined the spiral mindbending effect)Oh, & no car attraction at ALL should ever be considered, that fast & furious is so bad it hurts. Watch the guests faces , everyone is thinking "wow, but so what!" I do think its a shame that they let attractions diminish until they are a faded remnant of what they once were. Both Jaws & Kong are examples of this.
Well lets see..ill go with the old movie montage ...King Kong..the Birds...And such were a tram could ride thru it use the left overs from US Orlando..that were removed to make way for new attractions.....
Harry Potter would be great, but unlikely.
Universal probanly wants to base it off of something that was actually filmed at the studio so I don't think Harry Potter will make it. My best bet on what they'll do is an Incredible Hulk attraction.
They're opening the Simpsons Ride, so I doubt it'll have anything to do with The Simpsons. But a Harry Potter or SpiderMan/Hulk addition would be very cool.
The replacement for the King Kong section of the Tram Tour should include a massive animatronic as the former section had. I would not mind seeing the scene from Spiderman 3 where the Sandman and Venom attack Spiderman and the New Goblin. The tram could enter through a tunnel and watch a broadcast of the fight, having the tram shake and rumble. When the tram turns out of the tunnel, the audience would be near the construction site where the Sandman was smashing Spiderman. Inside this room, the gusts of wind could synchronize with the Sandman blows. The tour guider would stop the tram, exclaim what a tragedy this is, and then proudly announce he knew what could stop the Sandman. At this time, the guider could pull out a water gun and attempt to squirt the Sandman. Failing to destroy the Sandman, the guider wishes he would have brought the supersoaker. The Sandman gets angry at the tram and trys to push it over, resulting in the tram shaking and having wind gusts whenever the Sandman swung at it. Perhaps even the tram itself could bend alittle to look like it was being hit at. However, while the Sandman is distracted by the tram, Spiderman pulls a move onto the Sandman tripping him and making him appear to fall. The guide thanks Spiderman, and adds that he wishes they could stay. But while seeing the Sandman begin to rise, says we need to stick to schedule and flooreds out of the section.
It is disappointing that the Kong set is off the drawing board - you would think they would still have a full "Kong" set in mothballs somewhere from the full ride shut down years back in Florida. If Universal really feels in needs something new in California, then bringing something from the Harry Potter movies to CA would seem fitting since it will be soon arriving at Florida on a much larger scale.
i think they should replace the attraction with something up to date, and universal studios in Orlando should too . I think the new attraction should be Transformers. THat would be so cool something the way terminator 3d is.
How about a Towering Inferno ride? It sounds like they are mostly there already. :-)
Whatever goes in its place, I think it would be cool if it dropped the tram suddenly, kind of like what the "Collapsing Bridge" used to do... I wish they would bring that bridge back on the tour.
Like one or two fellow contributors I'm really disappointed that Universal appears to have dismissed any prospect of rebuilding the Kong set.
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