In the aftermath of the backlot burn, Universal Studios sent out this press release to alert the media (hey, that’s us!) to the fact that, in their words, “the show must go on!” (For everyone, we’re guessing, except that guy with the blowtorch.)
Universal City CA, June 4, 2008 — Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk have taken a “the show must go on” stance and are open for business as usual after a much-publicized weekend fire that damaged the King Kong backlot attraction and one area of film sets that were frequently visited by the Studio Tour.
All rides, shows and attractions are open and operating normally, including the new and much-acclaimed “The Simpsons Ride,” which opened to spectacular reviews just weeks ago and joined “Revenge of the Mummy — The Ride” and “Jurassic Park — The Ride” as stand-out Universal Studios Hollywood thrill-ride experiences.
Neither Universal CityWalk, the popular entertainment, dining and retail complex nor the Universal CityWalk Cinemas were impacted and have also opened for business as usual. The Gibson Amphitheatre, the Sheraton Universal and the Universal Hilton Hotels are fully operational and were not affected by the incident.
Universal Studios Hollywood’s parent company, NBC Universal, has announced its determination to rebuild and replace the film sets that were lost in the fire. Specifically, the New York Streets sets will be reconstructed and a new, compelling guest experience will ultimately replace the 22-year-old King Kong attraction.
Universal’s world-renowned Studio Tour attraction will continue to take guests behind-the-scenes of an authentic working movie studio backlot, an ever-changing landscape, responding to a myriad of productions daily.
Universal Studios Hollywood (www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com) The Entertainment Capital of L.A., includes a movie-based theme park and Studio Tour, the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal Cinemas and the Gibson Amphitheatre concert and special event venue.