Universal Studios plans Beijing theme park

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. (more…)

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Universal Studios Gives Away Free 7 Day Tickets – Video Posted

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.

The ad:

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Universal’s Super Bowl Superhuman Ad

Universal Studios Orlando has promised to unveil an “unprecedented offer” during its Superbowl commercial. Below is a preview of the ad which will be aired only once in its entirety and promises that those who take advantage of the offer will have the chance to feel “superhuman.”

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Universal Orlando will also be represented at the NY Times Travel Show February 6-8 where they’re expected to talk about the offer plus a sneak peek at the new Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket coaster. Look for an update here next week.

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Universal Orlando Cuts 70 Jobs

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.

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