Yes, Stallone Was There, but the Fault at Universal's Rocky Theme Park Debut Was Not in the Stars
updated 06/25/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/25/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
There was considerable rumbling outside the park's guest-relations office, where angry crowds chanted "Re-fund! Re-fund!" Universal listened and handed back the $30.74 admission to hundreds of the first day's 10,000 visitors. "It's been a letdown," said Linda Chapman of Kent, England, whose ride on the E.T attraction was soundless due to a computer malfunction. She was lucky: Other riders had to be helped down when the ride stopped in mid-"flight." E.T, phone 911.
Still, theme-park veterans did marvel at the size of Universal's complex. And, of course, stargazing at some Hollywood favorites didn't hurt. "We hope that occupied part of their day that they couldn't spend being thrown to the ground by King Kong or dragged around by Jaws," said a Universal spokesman. "It was unfortunate, but, you know, we're doing everything we can to get them up and running as soon as possible."