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January 27, 2010 | By Hugo Martín
After nearly 19 months away from the spotlight, a new King Kong -- more grizzled and, definitely, ferocious -- is preparing to return to Universal Studios Hollywood. Since the old animatronic Kong was destroyed in a fire on the theme park's back lot, Hollywood's top visual effects wizards have been tinkering away in a giant hangar in Playa Vista to create a new, more realistic ape to terrify visitors who take the park's signature back lot studio tour. Inside the humongous drab-green building, Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson has led a team of film and theme park ride experts in creating a 3-D version of the hairy ape to replace the Kong that died in the June 2008 fire.
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BUSINESS
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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July 10, 1994 | JILL BETTNER and JEANETTE REGALADO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Where's Charlton Heston when you really need him? The actor could have been a big help Saturday afternoon when a Universal Studios Hollywood employee drove her car the wrong way--into the theme park's Red Sea attraction. The woman, who works in the studio's wardrobe department, was rescued unharmed from the middle of the lake after about an hour by county firefighters. Playing Moses in one of his most famous movie roles, Heston parted the waters of the mechanized "sea" on the studio's lot.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hoping to scare up some new customers, Universal Studios Hollywood is going after the Halloween crowd. Backed by a strong promotional campaign, the theme park hopes to send a shiver through not only its guests but also executives of Knott's Berry Farm, who for two decades have had the lucrative Halloween business to themselves.
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July 12, 1996 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maybe they should have called it Backwash. Visitors to the Backdraft show at Universal Studios Hollywood got drenched Thursday afternoon when a pyrotechnic display accidentally triggered a powerful sprinkler system. The sprinklers cut loose during the show's finale, as 145 visitors standing on a balcony watched the warehouse below them explode into flames. No injuries were reported, but the audience was sprayed by a pipe system that pumps 1,000 gallons of water per minute.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2010 | By Hugo Martín
Theme parks are being flooded with applications from job seekers, as unemployed mortgage agents, sales clerks and construction workers who can't find work elsewhere seek temporary positions that often pay little more than minimum wage. A job fair at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia last weekend drew 1,600 people -- in the rain. Universal Studios Hollywood took in more than 1,100 job applications on just one day last month. Disneyland in Anaheim and Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park have received so many job applications that they put off plans to hold jobs fairs this year.
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December 21, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Shortly after Christmas, the same question arises every year: What are we going to do on New Year's Eve ? Here's what some California amusement and theme parks have planned for the last night of 2011: Disneyland in Anaheim will stay open until 2 a.m. with live bands, DJs and midnight fireworks. Across the way, Disney California Adventure will remain open until 1 a.m. with the ElecTRONica dance party and a midnight showing of "World of Color," the nighttime water spectacular.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
This post has been corrected The top theme parks in North America enjoyed an estimated 2.9% increase in attendance in 2011, with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Fla., accounting for about half of that rise. The attendance estimate was released Thursday by the Burbank-based Themed Entertainment Assn., a trade group for designers of theme parks, casinos, museums, zoos and other entertainment venues. The assessment is based on an annual estimate of theme park crowds by AECOM, a Los Angeles engineering and consulting firm.
BUSINESS
December 24, 1992 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a year of riots, earthquakes and heavy rains, Southern California tourist attractions managed to muddle through 1992 without any major loss in attendance, reports a respected tourism trade journal. Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm were down slightly. Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia held steady. Universal Studios Hollywood and Sea World of California even managed modest increases, according to Amusement Business Magazine in its annual attendance tally. Disneyland recorded 11.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2008 | John Horn and Susan King, Times Staff Writers
In addition to the ruined "King Kong" attraction and the burned New York street scapes, the Universal Studios Hollywood fire has claimed another casualty: perhaps hundreds of classic 35-millimeter film prints, the studio said Tuesday. The prints were high-quality copies of decades-old movies, not original masters, which are stored in a Philadelphia vault, the studio said.
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