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July 26, 2002 | ROBERT JOHNSON, ORLANDO SENTINEL
Phyllis and Melvin Miles, visiting Universal Studios here from Seabrook, Md., are squealing happily while they bounce several inches off the ground. "Who knew we would be taking 'bouncing lessons' on our vacation in Orlando?" said Phyllis Miles, a 47-year-old music teacher. "They really want you to show enthusiasm if you win, and my bouncing needed some work," added her husband, Melvin, 46, a jazz pianist.
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April 24, 2007 | Lee Margulies
As most everyone knows by now, "The Simpsons," after 17 years as a Fox TV series, is finally getting big-screen respect this summer with a movie version. How do you top that? How about a theme park attraction? Universal is set to unveil plans today for a "Simpsons" thrill ride at its parks in the San Fernando Valley and Orlando, Fla. The attraction will open in spring 2008, the studio said.
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May 16, 2004 | Jane Engle
The annual war of the roller coasters, in which dueling theme parks rev up new rides, is well underway. The latest volley is from Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, which on Friday will open Revenge of the Mummy -- the Ride, which it has been testing for several weeks. The park's cousin, Universal Studios Hollywood, will follow with its version on June 25. Revenge, based on the "Mummy" movie series, blends an indoor roller coaster with a battery of robotics and other special effects.
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October 14, 1993 | Reuters
Universal Studios Florida may have a job for you. The theme park has held auditions for two positions needed for special Halloween weekends. The jobs, however, are not for the squeamish. Duties for "Rat Lady" include lying in a plexiglass-covered coffin crawling with live rats. The "roach wrangler" must have the skill of being able to work with hundreds of roaches, including Madagascar hisser roaches up to four inches long.
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September 16, 1993 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stepping up the pressure on rival Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida on Wednesday announced a multibillion-dollar expansion in Orlando that includes its second amusement park there, five hotels, a golf course and a CityWalk-style retail complex. Universal Studios Florida--jointly owned by MCA Inc.
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June 8, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Universal Grumbles: The $600-million Universal Studios Florida made its debut Thursday amid complaints by patrons about long lines and unopened rides. "It's miserable," said Janie Ward, 34, who stood in line at the Ghostbuster "Spooktacular" attraction with her family. "We've been waiting in line here an hour and a half."
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July 26, 2002 | ROBERT JOHNSON, ORLANDO SENTINEL
Phyllis and Melvin Miles, visiting Universal Studios here from Seabrook, Md., are squealing happily while they bounce several inches off the ground. "Who knew we would be taking 'bouncing lessons' on our vacation in Orlando?" said Phyllis Miles, a 47-year-old music teacher. "They really want you to show enthusiasm if you win, and my bouncing needed some work," added her husband, Melvin, 46, a jazz pianist.
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May 7, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sophie Johnson came all the way from Nottingham, England, only to be scared witless by the "Terminator." The 8-year-old with hearts on her sandals and a face full of freckles emerged from "Terminator 2: 3D," which opened Thursday at Universal Studios, squeezing her father's hand, ready to cry. "It was horrible, Mummy," Sophie told her mother, who was waiting at the attraction's exit. "That thing blew up in my face and felt like it was going to hurt me. There was so much shooting."
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March 14, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A weathered lighthouse marks the entry to Florida's newest theme park, but just beyond, a fiercer icon looms: the Hulk Coaster, which blasts riders from 0 to 40 mph in two seconds before turning them upside-down in a zero-gravity loop. Fans of Walt Disney Co.'s comfortable and inviting amusement parks might be taken aback by this collision of Marvel Comics and seaport exotica at the entrance to Islands of Adventure. But Islands is no Disney park.
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March 14, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A weathered lighthouse marks the entry to Florida's newest theme park, but just beyond, a fiercer icon looms: the Hulk Coaster, which blasts riders from 0 to 40 mph in two seconds before turning them upside-down in a zero-gravity loop. Fans of Walt Disney Co.'s comfortable and inviting amusement parks might be taken aback by this collision of Marvel Comics and seaport exotica at the entrance to Islands of Adventure. But Islands is no Disney park.
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October 29, 1998 | MARLA MATZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Like Dr. Frankenstein toiling over his creation, Universal Studios is working to bring new life to its classic horror movies. It is planning new movie versions of "The Mummy" and "Frankenstein" over the next two years, to be backed by merchandise ranging from action figures to housewares. The challenge for Universal is in convincing consumers that there's a difference between Universal's monsters and the lineup of Frankensteins, Draculas and other ghouls that make an appearance every Halloween.
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May 6, 1997 | JAMES BATES
Universal Studios Inc. is expected to announce today the specifics of a major expansion of its Florida theme park, with the unveiling of an island-like attraction that will have director Steven Spielberg as its creative consultant. The attraction is Universal's Islands of Adventure, which will include such characters as the Cat in the Hat, Popeye and Spider-Man, as well as dinosaurs from "Jurassic Park," the 1994 blockbuster movie directed by Spielberg.
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April 24, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The $600-million Universal Studios Florida is beginning a six-week shakedown by opening up some of its rides and shows to small groups before its official June 7 inaugural. Universal employees, construction crews, vendors and their families are invited into the park on evenings and on weekends for the next three weeks. "A soft opening gives us the chance to gauge how the public will react when they come in . . . to fine-tune so that there are no glitches," said spokesman Doug Binder.
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May 4, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Loews Hired to Build Hotels at Universal Studios Florida: MCA Inc. said the New York-based chain will develop two luxury hotels as part of a $2-billion effort to turn its Universal Studios theme park into a sprawling resort. Universal City-based MCA said it hopes the hotels would put some heat on Walt Disney Co., which controls the high-end hotel market in Orlando, Fla.
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