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March 21, 2004 | Debora Vrana, Times Staff Writer
The thrill is back. With faster, scarier rides, Southern California theme parks are betting visitors will be too. The region's amusement park industry, after suffering several years of declining attendance, is gearing up for the summer tourist season by opening new roller coaster attractions, some with elaborate special effects.
February 12, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Owners of the 114-year-old carousel in Seaport Village plan to auction the relic to the highest bidder to pay taxes and bolster their cash reserves. The Broadway Flying Horse Carousel, whose 175-pipe organ, 40 horses and three dogs and goats have entertained tourists at the harbor site since 1980, will be sold from the estate of the late Morris Taubman, who built Seaport Village.
January 28, 2004 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
A shoulder harness that allegedly failed to close properly on a ride at the California Adventure theme park caused whiplash and a neurological disorder to a Milwaukee surgeon, forcing him to stop his practice because of pain, his attorney said Tuesday. The allegations came during opening statements in a negligence lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co. in Superior Court in Santa Ana before Judge David A. Thompson. It was brought by Dr.
January 15, 2004
Now that FAO Schwarz will be vacating the premises and leaving behind a huge building, it is possible for The Grove to become a full environment living compound -- shopping, recreation (the pond), entertainment, amusement park rides (the trolley) and living space ("Shopping and Living Under One Roof," by Paul Brownfield, Jan. 8). Divide and conquer the FAO space into apartments or human pod areas. One would never have to leave the compound except to travel a few feet to Farmer's Market (or what is left of it)
November 28, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
On the way down from Fresno for a trip to Disneyland, Mark Holland's family chatted about traffic, where to stop for food, and something else: the death in September of Marcelo Torres on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Holland, his wife and two teenagers learned from the radio news about a report released by state safety regulators Wednesday that blamed the death on a series of errors by operators, maintenance workers and supervisors on the popular Frontierland ride.
November 27, 2003 | Kimi Yoshino and Mike Anton, Times Staff Writers
State investigators Wednesday blamed a series of human errors for September's fatal crash on Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, underscoring concerns by some workers that efforts to make ride maintenance more efficient have undermined the park's once-unassailable reputation for safety.
November 9, 2003 | Mike Anton and Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writers
As state investigators probe why a wheel assembly came off a ride at Disneyland in a fatal September crash, many park workers worry that a six-year cost-cutting effort to make ride maintenance more efficient is ultimately to blame. In 1997, Disneyland moved to what is known in aerospace and other safety-conscious industries as "reliability-centered maintenance."
September 18, 2003
Two dozen people have said they were injured on Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad since 2001, according to state documents released Wednesday. The documents track injuries ranging from a fatal heart attack to minor complaints of dizziness. Follow-up state investigations and ride inspections did not reveal any safety problems. A state inspector spent an hour at Big Thunder Mountain as recently as Aug.
September 10, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
The 22-year-old man killed Friday at Disneyland bled to death after suffering blunt force trauma of the chest, Orange County coroner's officials said Tuesday. Marcelo Torres of Gardena was in the front car of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad when the locomotive became separated from the rest of the cars and derailed. Torres died at the scene, and 10 others were injured at the Anaheim amusement park.
July 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman died at a New Orleans amusement park when she was struck by one of the rides, officials said. Rosa Donaldson, 52, was killed in an accident on a teacup-style "circular family ride" called the Joker's Jukebox, said Ann Wills, spokeswoman for Six Flags New Orleans amusement park. Local news reports said Donaldson apparently was standing near one of the cars trying to strap in her 4-year-old grandson when the ride started up.
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