First roaring into life in front of a terrified public on June 14th 1986, the King Kong attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood started a new era of theme park design.
The 7-ton 30 feet tall Kong figure was the largest and most complex animatronic figure in existence for many years. The sophistication of the attraction broke new ground, and paved the way for the most complex of today's themed entertainments.
A massive backlot fire on 1 June 2008 destroyed the King Kong attraction just short of it's 22nd birthday. A new attraction will rise from the ashes, believed to be scheduled for 2010, and this is NOT the end of the giant ape. In his memory, our friends at Extinct Attractions have produced a DVD with tons of footage of Bob Gurr, Kong's creator, and an interview with the author of this site.
- Description of the attraction
- History of King Kong
- Photo Gallery
- Articles (New)
- The News Report
- King Kong Hand Photo Opportunity
- Construction of Kong
- Sound System
- Kong at Christmas
- Press Pack from opening day
- Video - Excerpt from "A Universe of Cinemagic" (New)
includes behind the scenes footage and news announcer
- Video - Excerpt from The Wizard (New)