Theme park giant Universal Orlando says they will add 3,500 jobs in Orlando as part of their massive expansion. The park held a news conference with Governor Rick Scott and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to make the announcement, and Mayor Dyer was not shy about standing next to someone from the opposing political party.
"Here's proof that Republicans and Democrats can work together," Dyer said at the gathering.
The press conference was held at the construction site of Universal's coming new attraction, Diagon Alley. It's phase two of the Harry Potter World of Wizardry at Universal. Mayor Dyer says he wants to ride the Hogwarts Express when it opens, Governor Rick Scott is anxious to attend as well.
"It's fascinating what they are doing here. I look forward to bringing my, my grandsons are a little young but my second daughter loves Harry Potter."
The company says the 3,500 jobs will come from several projects. Mayor Buddy Dyer says don't just look at what is happening at the theme park as the addition of only low wage, low skill tourism jobs.
"Think about the engineers and the architects that help design the rides that are part of this attraction."
More jobs will come from the March scheduled opening of the Cabana Bay Hotel, and City Walk is being expanded as well. The governor and the mayor are hoping new attractions can help the state reach its 2014 goal of more than 100 million visitors.