July 7, 2011 |
The Monkey Kingdom theme park, expected to open in 2014 outside Beijing, is based on an ancient folk tale as common to China's residents as Santa Claus is to Americans. Based on the 16th century " Journey to the West " folk tale, the project presented a daunting task for Thinkwell , the Burbank-based company charged with designing the theme park, said Chief Executive Joe Zenas. "There's nothing like it in Western literature," Zenas said. Photos : Concept art of China's Monkey Kingdom theme park Thinkwell creative director Dave Cobb immediately seized on the seemingly endless storytelling possibilities that could be told through the universal languages of spectacle, thrill and emotion.