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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1999 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It hurts to look at Paul Lynch's face: lizard skin, crevices deep enough to get lost in and framed by long hair flailing in all directions. He shakes your hand ... then shows you the packet of fake eyeballs you've just squeezed. By day, Lynch is a veterinarian, ministering to dogs, cats and even lizards. But for 19 nights in October, he is transformed into the otherworldly "Undertaker," scaring all who walk by during Knott's Berry Farm's annual Halloween Haunt. He isn't alone.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Die-hard fans will be allowed to line up hours in advance for a chance to be among the first through the gates at Disney's California Adventure when the park officially opens Thursday. Lines will start to form at 5 p.m. Wednesday--15 hours before the 8 a.m. Thursday opening. How early people start arriving and how long the line stretches is anybody's guess, park spokesman Ray Gomez said. "I think there's a big group of people who want to be first," said Al Lutz, editor of MousePlanet.
BUSINESS
December 22, 1998 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com
As for California Adventure, expect basic rides that Disney is buying "off the shelf" to be in place by August 1999 at the new park's Paradise Pier area, which will celebrate the state's beach resorts and carnivals. Employees have been told that the first few dozen Disneyland "cast members" will be reassigned to the new park in October 1999 to begin testing the attractions as Imagineers install the thematic "overlays" to add the Disney touch.
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December 22, 1998 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com
How can Disneyland possibly compete with the hoopla that will accompany the opening of California Adventure, Walt Disney Co.'s second Anaheim theme park, in 2001? Some suggest the old park, which opened in 1955, should have a grand opening of its own. Former Disneyland President Jack Lindquist said he thinks the park should close to the public for 30 days of cleanup, repairs and upgrades, then reopen looking immaculate when California Adventure debuts next door.
BUSINESS
January 8, 1998 | Daryl Strickland
Continuing a pattern of price increases, Disneyland raised one-day admission costs this week by $2. Entering the park costs adults $38, and kids $28, a 5.5% increase over last year's single-day price. The price of a five-day pass for adults rose to $68 from $63 a year ago, while the children's pass went up to $51 from $47. The nation's second-most popular theme park also said Southern California residents, both adults and children, can buy one-day tickets now through May 15 for $28 each.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
It took a $1-million renovation to make Independence Hall look as pristine as the original did when it opened in Philadelphia in 1750. But, at a rededication ceremony Thursday, Knott's Berry Farm owners said it was worth the effort. "We sincerely hope this rededication will ignite the fire of patriotism for the next 230 years," said Knott's Vice President Jack Falfas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Walt Disney Co. is curbing Mickey Mouse and his buddies in favor of hip-hop music and streetwise scenes for live entertainment at its new California Adventure park, employees said Wednesday. Disney gave its park employees a sneak preview Wednesday of an elaborate stage show based on well-known Disney music and a parade that includes seven huge floats. But the Mouse and his cronies will be noticeably absent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2000 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Commuters using the Santa Ana Freeway will encounter new traffic ramps, tunnels and interchanges over the next nine days as workers put the finishing touches on $1.1 billion in upgrades to one of Orange County's main arteries. One of the improvements will funnel traffic leaving Disneyland to the Santa Ana Freeway and route incoming freeway traffic through tunnels onto Disney Way. Since construction began almost five years ago, Caltrans and the Orange County Transportation Authority have paid $2.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
The second theme park planned by Walt Disney Co. is not only a milestone for the city, it has helped win an honor for the city's top administrator. "We've forged a partnership with Disney that's not going to only have benefits to Anaheim, but to the county, into the far future," said City Manager James D. Ruth.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 1997 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Light Magic or Light Tragic? That was the question being debated hotly leading up to Wednesday's media preview for Disneyland's new nighttime show, the one for which park officials pulled the plug last year on the much-loved Main Street Electrical Parade. Today, with the flick of a digital switch, Light Magic's public opening heralds a new frontier at the park. The show incorporates 2,500 miles of fiber optics, animated film, an original musical score and a cast and crew of 125.
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