Kong attraction to be replaced
Officials at the Los Angeles park have confirmed they will not rebuild the King Kong attraction destroyed in the recent fire at its studio tour site. An as-yet-undetermined attraction will instead take its place.
The studios tour resumed operations on Monday, June 2, after the previous day’s blaze, which affected Kong, some structures in the Courthouse Square set from the Back to the Future movie and the 40,000+ video archive.
The fire was started accidentally by workers using a blowtorch on an asphalt roof, according to investigators. At its height, over 400 firefighters fought the blaze and a few were injured, though not seriously.
Built in 1986, the US$6.5m King Kong attraction included a 30ft-tall animatronic gorilla inside a 26,000sq.ft soundstage built to look like a city block.