SHANGHAI, Feb 12 (Reuters) – U.S. film giant Universal Studios is awaiting regulatory approval to build a theme park costing more than 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) in Beijing, a Chinese government official said on Thursday. Read more…
Universal Studios Orlando is giving away a free 7 day, 2 park ticket to the first 100,000 entrants at its Universal Heroes website after the airing of each of its ads during the Super Bowl.
In addition, USO is running a sweepstakes which gives away 1 free trip per day in February, 28 in all. See the website for full details.
From the Orlando Business Journal:
Universal Orlando laid off about 70 workers — less than 1 percent of its work force — in an effort to adapt to slowing business conditions.
Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said the layoffs took place Jan.22.
“This has not been easy for us,” Schroder said. “It’s taken much thought and review. We are doing everything possible to ease the process for those affected and ease their transition.”
Most were management workers. Universal didn’t provide a specific number of positions, nor did comment on severance for the workers.
The move came a day after Walt Disney Parks and Resorts said it would offer buy out packages more than 300 upper-level management workers at Walt Disney World.
Universal is proceeding with two new park attractions, the Hollywood, Rip, Ride, Rockit rollercoaster, scheduled to open this spring, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter scheduled to open next year.