The fire that raced through the backlots at Universal Studios Hollywood on Nov. 6 has disrupted the filming of several movies and television shows, but has had little effect on the park's tourist attractions, according to Universal officials.``It's virtually business as usual,' said Jim Yeager, a Universal spokesman. Most of the visitor attractions, including the stunt shows and thrill rides, were not damaged and the initial reports of King Kong's demise were greatly exaggerated, according to Yeager.
``Not only was King Kong not destroyed, it sustained only the slightest of damage to its electrical system,' he said.
Repairs on the 37-foot-tall copy of the gorilla from the movie were expected to take several days.
The fire consumed four acres of Universal's 420-acre lot, an area that comprised New York Street and Courthouse Square, which were the back drops for such films as ``Dick Tracy' and ``Back to the Future.'
Yeager said Universal plans to rebuild New York Street and Courthouse Square as close to the originals as possible, but has yet to set a timetable for the construction.