"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. "Groucho Marx
Over the course of around a 15 year period, I must have experienced the animatronic Kong stage experience a dozen times. Each time was as fun and fresh as the first. This probably had a lot to do with the fact that i was always bringing along a new friend or relative to enjoy it. Everybody on the tams were always totally emersed - and many of them startled, if not frightened.
Kudo's to your talented parents, BaseBone! They helped to create an attraction that has entertained millions of visitors from around the globe. You should contact the studio to see if the notes that your parents wrote were spared from the fire. I think that Kong will be rebuilt. If this is the case, you should ask to be on the set again - or even "nose in" and request to follow in your parents footsteps and help to rebuild Kong.
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This mornings fire at Universal Studios destroyed a piece of my family's history and great piece of theme park design. My father worked on the King Kong portion of the Universal Studio Tour all through its inception and its construction. He was one of the sound designers of the attraction and also the voice of the titular giant ape. I was too young to remember, but apparently I visited the attraction several times when I was a child as it was being constructed, even going so far as to climb up Kong to look up his nose. My remarks? "There's nothing up there but speakers!" Down there among the hundreds of graffiti tags in the ride (most of them done by the creators of the attraction) is a slab of concrete with messages from my parents. Riding King Kong always made me happy because of my parents' contributions, but also because I always saw it as a wonderful example of a well-imagineered, well-constructed and engaging theme park attraction. I will miss it greatly.
What I'd like for this thread is for you to share your memories of King Kong. Is it special to you? Do you have any particularly exciting recollections? Ever get stuck in the soundstage? I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
Were you the one who posted video a while back of your father/design team working on the initial construction of the ride? I've been searching Youtube and a few other sites and haven't found much this evening.
Anyways, this is a true shame. My girlfriend and I had put off our visit to Universal last winter due to time constraints, and the power of the Mouse while we were in town. Kong used to scare the crap out of me when I was younger, but never got old as I've grown up. It will truly be missed.
I visit a wide variety of theme park sites, and I'm having a hard time figuring out where I saw this video first. As I recall, it pretty much showed Kong in its original testing hanger, before it was reassembled at Universal. (It could be that I'm thinking of the old Florida version, but I'm not sure.)
I'll keep up my search, and hopefully be able to post up the clip if I can ever find it again.
This is so very sad, it was the last available place to ride Kong. To this day there's not a ride I miss at Universal in Orlando more than Kong. I really really wish they'd bring it back one day although I know they won't. I was always consoled however because I knew one day I'd get to see him again whenever I finally got to make my trip out west. Now that day may be gone.
Please rebuild it Universal, your park will never be the same without him.
So sad that a piece of theme park and so cal history is gone.
I think they will eventually rebuild Kong but it wont be anytime soon. Hopefully they go all out and redo the show. The can even brand it "The Return of Kong!" or "Kong Lives!" or something.
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Universal has some of the best visual effects in attractions, especially during their prime in the 90's. It was this attraction that got me out of loving normal theme parks and coasters (which I still do today) and into the more visual heavy attractions found at Universal and Disney. Before me becoming the Disney fan I am today I was actually a huge Universal fan.