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February 25, 2001 | DONNA WARES, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Donna Wares is an editor on The Times' national desk
This was all so strangely civilized, it hardly seemed like a trip to the Magic Kingdom. There were no lines, no crush of families and strollers, no gargantuan parking structure to swallow us whole, not a peep of whining. Just after 7:30 a.m., after breakfasting with Chip and Dale at the Storytellers Cafe, we simply strolled a few yards past the 86-degree pool and headed into Disney's new California Adventure.
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January 7, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - In 1957, when he was nearly 50 years old, Run Run Shaw made a grand bet on his movie dreams. He bought 46 acres of hilly land in a remote part of Hong Kong - paying the British colonial government just 45 cents per square foot because of the poor topography and the Communist threat looming over the border with Mao Tse-tung's China - and set out to build his dream factory. By the time Shaw Movietown officially opened in 1961, the mogul had 1,200 actors, directors and other employees on site, many of them living in dormitories.
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May 15, 2011
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim; (714) 781-4565, http://www.disneyland.com . Tickets $68 for ages 3-9, $76 for ages 10 and older Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia; (661) 255-4100, http://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain. Tickets $60, $35 for children shorter than 48 inches Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park; (714) 220-5200, http://www.knotts.com . Tickets $47 for ages 12-61, $25 for ages 3-11, 62 and older Legoland California, 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad; (760)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
In "Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride," documentarian Amy Nicholson puts a human face on the deterioration of the iconic New York amusement park by focusing on the fate of her favorite ride. Consisting of a rotating boom orbited by free-flipping cars, the 38-year-old Zipper was operated by Eddie Miranda. Ambitious development plans and greedy land-grabbers have been pushing Miranda and many of his fellow carnies out of business, rendering "America's Playground" a wasteland of dilapidated buildings and deserted parking lots - even before Hurricane Sandy ripped through.
NEWS
December 1, 1985
By a vote of 264 for and 146 against, the House failed to achieve the two-thirds majority needed to pass a bill extending the life of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and giving the agency regulatory power over amusement parks. The two-thirds majority was required because the bill (HR 3456) was considered under a short-cut procedure limiting debate and preventing amendments. Sponsors will bring the bill back to the floor under normal parliamentary rules.
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November 7, 1985 | From Reuters
India is building its own Disneyland-style amusement park on Ennore Island off the south coast of Madras state, the Press Trust of India said today. The news agency said the park, costing nearly $100 million, will be completed by next March.
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July 5, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
In "The Way, Way Back," which arrives in theaters Friday, much of the action unfolds at the Water Wizz Water Park, where 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) finds escape from the pains of seeing his mom (Toni Collette) being wooed by a car salesman (Steve Carell). It reminded us of some other films that feature thrills at amusement parks and carnivals. "Adventureland" (2009): College grad James Brennan (Jessie Eisenberg) takes a job working at Adventureland, an amusement park in his home town, to raise money for graduate school.
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June 6, 2013 | By David Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
When it comes to Stephen King, I'm partial to the smaller efforts: novellas, short novels, experiments, the quieter, more interior stuff. It's not that I don't like his big books - especially "The Shining," which remains the scariest thing I've ever read, and the 1996 novel "Desperation," an overarching consideration of sin and sacrifice and redemption, set in a Nevada mining town. Still, what makes King resonate for me is the detail work, the way he can get inside the most mundane situation and animate it, revealing in the process something of how we live.
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January 1, 2013 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court, protecting providers of risky recreational activities from lawsuits, decided Monday that bumper car riders may not sue amusement parks over injuries stemming from the inherent nature of the attraction. The 6-1 decision may be cited to curb liability for a wide variety of activities - such as jet skiing, ice skating and even participating in a fitness class, lawyers in the case said. "This is a victory for anyone who likes fun and risk activities," said Jeffrey M. Lenkov, an attorney for Great America, which won the case.
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October 4, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
DAVIS — The California Supreme Court grappled Wednesday with whether to hold amusement parks liable for injuries that occur during a ride's normal operation. Meeting for oral argument, the state high court considered a lawsuit filed by a woman who broke her wrist while riding a bumper car at the Great America amusement park in Northern California. She claimed the park had operated the ride negligently and should compensate her for the injury. Cedar Fair L.P., the company that owns the park, countered that riders assume responsibility for themselves when they knowingly hop on an attraction with inherent risks.
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June 10, 2012 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Steve Wicke is "just big into space. " The Westminster man took four months off his warehouse job last year to visit every NASA site in the United States. On Saturday, he joined an estimated 20,000 people who swarmed the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's leafy campus for its annual open house weekend. Buses and SUVs clogged Oak Grove Drive near the La Cañada Flintridge boundary with Pasadena and filled JPL parking lots to disgorge passengers of all ages, who descended on the exhibits and activities as if they were new amusement park rides.
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May 27, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
SANDUSKY, Ohio - As an amusement parks blogger, I have visited most of the big theme parks in Southern California and central Florida, but my roller-coaster résumé was a little thin when it came to the parks in between. So last summer my wife, Nancy, our 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, and I climbed aboard more than 70 coasters in 10 days at theme parks in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We each had established a few rules for our journey across America's Coaster Belt. Hannah was willing to ride coasters reaching 65 mph, topping out at 200 feet and going upside down three times.
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April 23, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Disney this summer will truly become the happiest place on Earth for Starbucks devotees, who will no longer have to suffer caffeine withdrawal when they visit some of the mouse-eared amusement parks. In June, the first of six Starbucks cafes will open at Anaheim's Disney California Adventure in the park's Fiddle, Fifer & Practical Café on Buena Vista Street. In keeping with the café's 1920's Los Angeles vibe, Starbucks baristas will be clad in appropriate vintage attire.
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March 14, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
David W. Kenney, SeaWorld's first veterinarian, who played a key role in bringing the original Shamu to the San Diego amusement park as well as a gray whale believed to be the first raised by humans, died Feb. 14 in Montrose, Colo. He was 77. The cause was cancer, said his sister, Meredith Maler. Kenney was hired by the park a few weeks before its 1964 opening and over the next several years displayed an ingenuity and dedication that helped the fledgling tourist attraction build and maintain an impressive collection of marine animals.
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