June 1, 2012 |
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.
May 29, 2012 |
Get ready to open your wallet wider this year if you're going to some of Southern California's theme parks. Reporter Hugo Martin explains which parks are raising prices and why in this video. Daily passes for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park rose this month from $80 to $87. The biggest increase hit the 300,000 park-goers who buy premium annual passes that include parking. Those went from $499 to $649. At Universal Studios Hollywood, one-day passes increased recently from $77 to $80, and annual passes that include parking jumped from $149 to $169.
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May 6, 2012 |
The concrete Indian on the forklift struck a precarious pose as he moved through a crowd of rummagers scouting the remains of Bud Hurlbut's workshop in Buena Park . From behind the wheel, Lonnie Lloyd waved everyone aside as he guided the 6-foot, 6-inch statue into a U-Haul van. Its new owners shimmied it against a wall. Toys, props, tools and memorabilia at Hurlbut Amusement Co. moved fast during the recent three-day sale, and Lloyd tried not to be sentimental.
December 29, 2011 |
Wild Rivers' endless summer is finally over. The Orange County water park that had been living on borrowed time for the last five seasons is now just a memory. After more than a quarter of a century of water slides and wave pools, Wild Rivers failed to secure another lease extension from the Irvine Co., which owns the land and plans to build apartments on the property. A post on the Theme Park Review fan site features two dozen photos showing the progress of the ongoing demolition work.
December 21, 2011 |
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.
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December 11, 2011 |
Christopher B. Fishbeck was a simple man with big dreams, he liked to tell friends. Fishbeck dreamed of orbiting the Earth and running in the Olympics, he wrote on his MySpace page. He hoped to change the world and leave his mark. That indefatigable nature and unquenchable optimism endeared him to his family and friends. Born in Anaheim, Fishbeck grew up in Buena Park and from boyhood made it known that he was determined to reach for the stars, either theoretically through his love of physics and astronomy or literally as a pilot or astronaut.
August 26, 2011 |
Knott's Berry Farm has agreed to a financial settlement with the family of a 12-year-old boy who was seriously injured during a 2009 accident on the Xcelerator roller coaster. "There's a confidential settlement," said Art Morgan, the family's attorney. "We can't say the amount. " A Knott's spokesperson declined to comment on the settlement. Kyle Wheeler was sitting in the front row of Xcelerator when the roller coaster's launch cable snapped, whipped toward the riders and split the fiberglass car in half.
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July 31, 2011 |
Daniel Ackerman had just completed a grueling physical fitness test required for all Buena Park Police SWAT officers when he became disoriented and stared off into space. An on-site doctor noticed something was wrong and by 8:15 a.m. on Friday, Ackerman was in a squad car heading toward the hospital. The next morning, the 31-year-old was dead. The Irvine resident had no preexisting medical condition and appeared to be in his prime, according to his sister. "He's the healthiest person in the family," said Christie Thompson, 19. "He works out every day, he eats healthy.
May 26, 2011
Namastey India LOCATION 7232 Orangethorpe Ave., Buena Park, (714) 522-1111 PRICES Chaat, $2 to $3; stuffed breads, $3 to $4; veggie combo platter, $6; yogurt drinks, $2. DETAILS Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Credit cards accepted. Sodas and yogurt drinks. Lot parking.
May 26, 2011 |
This is a lesson: Good food is hiding everywhere, and you might come across it when you least expect it. You just need to be open, willing and ready to seize the moment. Namastey India looks like any Indian grocery, on a mostly empty stretch of a semi-industrial Buena Park mega-street. Inside stacks of Indian snacks and spice mixes, phone cards for sale and, occupying about a third of the space, a little restaurant: a steam table, some signs handwritten in marker, a few tables and a water cooler for you to get your own water.